Peter van de Ven, head of National Accounts at Statistics Netherlands, was appointed Vice Chairman of the Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments Statistics (CMFB) at its Plenary Meeting on 29-30 June 2006. Hans-Peter Glaab of the German central bank was appointed Chairman at the same meeting. These appointments are for a period of two years, with effect from 1 January 2007. The CMFB is a European advisory body in the field of macro-economic statistics; the central banks and national statistical institutes of all EU member states are represented in the CMFB. The Committee is mainly known for its recommendations in the area of registration of transactions and the measurement of the EMU criteria government deficit and government debt. For further information, see the website of the CMFB.