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Administrative Board of Review

The Administrative Board of Review (ABoR) carries out internal administrative reviews of the ECB’s supervisory decisions, ensuring that such decisions are compliant with the rules and procedures.

Administrative Board of Review

as at 15 February 2023

Administrative reviews may be requested by any person or legal entity directly affected by an ECB supervisory decision.

An ABoR review focuses on the “procedural and substantive conformity” of the contested decision with the SSM Regulation, while respecting the margin of discretion left to the ECB.

In practical terms, the ABoR reviews whether due process was respected, whether the reasoning behind the decision is appropriate, whether the decision complies with applicable law, whether there are any manifest errors in the assessment, whether the decision is manifestly disproportionate and whether the ECB misused its powers.

The outcome of the review is a non-binding opinion addressed to the Supervisory Board, proposing that it either abrogate the initial decision or replace it with an identical or amended one for final approval by the Governing Council under the non-objection procedure.

Frequently asked questions on the Administrative Board of Review ABoR: quick, inexpensive and confidential review of supervisory decisions - Supervision Newsletter May 2023 Administrative Board of Review: eight years of experience reviewing ECB supervisory decisions Guide to the costs of the review


The five members and two alternates are appointed for renewable terms of five years. They have professional supervisory experience and relevant knowledge in the field of banking, but cannot be current staff members of the ECB, national supervisors, or any other national or EU institution or body.

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