Legal and organisational form

De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) is a public limited company (naamloze vennootschap) whose day-to-day policy rests with the Governing Board. Being an NV, DNB has a Supervisory Board (Raad van Commissarissen). In addition, there is an advisory body called the Bank Council (Bankraad).

On a public-law level, DNB has a dual function, being both part of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and an independent public body (zelfstandig bestuursorgaan).

  • As a part of the ESCB, DNB is co-responsible for the determination and implementation of the monetary policy for the euro area (the countries that have adopted the euro as their legal tender), besides being a link in the international payment system.
  • As an independent public body, DNB exercises prudential supervision of financial institutions