Testimonial by Karl Croonenborghs - Lawyer – International and Eurosystem Coordination


After studying law and taking a post-graduate course in European politics and policy I took a traineeship at the delegation of the European Commission in Washington D.C., then I practised law for a time in Brussels, until I noticed a vacancy for a lawyer in the International and Eurosystem Coordination Service. This job allows me to combine my specific interest in European politics, policy, law and economics on a daily basis.

From the start I was involved in the preparation and coordination of the international meetings which the Governor and Vice-Governor attend in the Eurosystem, principally the meetings of the ECB Governing Council and General Council. I am also involved in preparing and monitoring issues which are discussed by the ECB’s Legal Committee, and I focus on institutional questions relating to the operation of the monetary union and to the new European Systemic Risk Board.

Being involved in subjects which affect the public interest and which crop up in current affairs, and being able to help define the Bank’s positioning strategy within the Eurosystem represents a major challenge. The international dimension of the work, the many contacts with colleagues from other central banks and the ECB, and contacts within the Bank itself are very rewarding, both professionally and personally.

In the International and Eurosystem Coordination Service, which consists of a small, multi-disciplinary team of young and experienced people, executive staff and secretariat employees work together informally. Enthusiasm, communication, flexibility and above all collegiality are concepts which are considered of paramount importance. In this way we endeavour to fulfil our ‘mission’ every day, in particular by providing the best possible support for the Governor and Vice-Governor and looking after the interests of the Bank within the Eurosystem to the best of our ability. It is therefore a huge pleasure to work as a member of this team.

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Karl Croonenborghs