She added that the chair of the OPSG would be elected during the first meeting of the new stakeholder groups, which will be held on 24 October. EIOPA said its stakeholder groups were an important part of the Frankfurt-based authority’s governance, as they helped analyse and assess the impact of its activities from different angles and perspectives.“They also ensure a close dialogue not only with consumers, employees’ representatives, users of (re)insurance services (for IRSG), beneficiaries of pension schemes (for OPSG) and academics, but also with industry, SMEs and relevant professional associations,” EIOPA said.Gabriel Bernardino, chairman at EIOPA, added: “We are confident that, under the new composition, the stakeholder groups have the right professional expertise to provide feedback on all of EIOPA’s activities.“The diversity of interests represented within the stakeholder groups is crucial for the practical implementation of EIOPA’s mandate – to ensure financial stability and consumer protection in the EU.” The 14 members of the OPSG include the following people:IORP representatives: Lukasz Budzynski, Fritz Janda, Michaela Koller, Niels Kortleve, Matti Leppälä, Joachim Schwind, Martine Van Peer, Benne Van Popta,Petar Vlaić, Allan WhalleyProfessional associations representatives: Charlotta Carlberg, Laure Delahousse,Ruth Goldman, Philip ShierSME representative: Thomas KellerRepresentatives of beneficiaries: Marianne Moscoso-Osterkorn, Ellen Nygren,Guillaume Prache, Marius Serban, Klaus StruweEmployee representatives: Bruno Gabellieri, Hristina Mitreva, Douglas Taylor, Chris Verhaegen, Neil WalshAcademics: Alberto Floreani, Pierpaolo Marano, Manuel Peraita, Ján Šebo, Federica Seganti The board of supervisors of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has appointed new members to its two stakeholder groups, which will then appoint their respective chairs at the end of this month.The appointment of the new members comes two and a half years after EIOPA first launched its two stakeholders groups, which are split between the Insurance & Reinsurance Group (IRSG) and the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG).Each group comprises 30 members in total, and 14 new members were appointed to the OPSG group.Speaking with IPE, Chris Verhaegen, previous chair of the OPSG, said she would not run for the new chair position, as, under EIOPA’s stakeholder rules, members cannot hold the position for two consecutive terms.
The scheduled meeting had taken on extra significance after Mackay’s head of recruitment Iain Moody was removed from his post last week and replaced by 23-year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov. Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Cardiff owner Vincent Tan’s son, and has no known experience of top class football. “But football is a precarious business and Malky’s decision to stay might not thereafter be matched by all the powers that be deciding that he should stay, so in some respects that’s pretty much in the hands of other people.” On Moody’s exit he added: “Both men (Mackay and Tan) have made their positions quite clear but Iain has still been removed from his position and that’s not going to change. “The real question is how do we go forward from here, how do we get things back on to an even keel and not only have a plan for taking the club forward but convince the Cardiff City fans that it’s something that they can absolutely rely on and trust in going forward. “Iain was a crucial member of Malky’s team and for anyone who knows Malky or has come into contact with him, he is a tremendous character in every respect. “No-one will be surprised to hear that when a member of his family, if that’s what we can call him, has been removed, then Malky on complete morality grounds is always going to jump to the defence of that individual.” Chief executive Simon Lim was among those in attendance at Monday’s proceedings, although Tan was not, but Press Association Sport understands talks during the meeting were largely positive and productive. It had been clear from the outset that Mackay would not resign from his post, and the club denied he has been asked to do so. But he was understood to be very disappointed by the decision to get rid of Moody, who he had worked with since his time at Watford, as well as being concerned at what it would mean for the future of the club. And Mackay’s agent Raymond Sparkes reiterated the Scot would not quit the Bluebirds. When asked if Mackay would step down, he told BBC Radio Wales: “No, absolutely categorically not. That’s not something Malky is contemplating. “There is absolutely no prospect of Malky resigning from a job that he loves, a job he’s ensconced in.” But Sparkes hinted Mackay does not have the full backing of everybody at the club and his future is out of his hands. “Malky loves being at Cardiff City, has started a job there and feels that he’s been given the opportunity to kind of be the architect in some respects of a new Cardiff City,” he said. Press Association Malky Mackay remains the manager of Cardiff after a lengthy meeting with the club’s board on Monday. read more