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12/11/2019 ESMA63-313-548 Financial Regulation of the European Securities and Markets Authority , Decision PDF
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18/07/2019 ESMA33-9-321 Technical Advice on Sustainability Considerations in the Credit Rating Market Technical Advice PDF
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15/07/2019 esma41-139-1224 Amended_decision_nordea Decision PDF
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28/03/2019 ESMA-41-356-11 Decision Fitch UK Decision PDF
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28/03/2019 ESMA41-356-22 Public notice Fitch Group Decision PDF
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23/07/2018 ESMA41-137-1145 BoS decision-CRA 2-2017- Danske Decision PDF
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23/07/2018 ESMA41-137-1147 BoS decision-CRA 2-2017- Svenska Handelsbanken AB Decision PDF
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23/07/2018 ESMA41-137-1150 BoS decision-CRA 2-2017- Nordea Decision PDF
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23/07/2018 ESMA41-137-1152 BoS decision-CRA 2-2017- Swedbank Decision PDF
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23/07/2018 ESMA41-137-1153 BoS decision- CRA 2-2017- SEB Decision PDF
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20/07/2017 BoA 2017 01 FinancialCraft Analytics Sp. z o.o. vs ESMA BoA Decision , Decision PDF
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01/06/2017 ESMA41-137-1005 Decision of the Board of Supervisors to adopt a supervisory measure and impose fines with respect to infringements by Moody’s Deutschland GmbH and Moody’s Investors Service Limited , Decision PDF
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21/07/2016 2016/1131 BoS Decision on Fitch Ratings Limited 21 July 2016 , Decision PDF
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02/10/2015 2015/1472 Technical Advice on Competition, Choice and Conflicts of Interest in the CRA industry Technical Advice PDF
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02/10/2015 2015/1471 Technical Advice on Reducing Sole and Mechanistic Reliance on Credit Ratings Technical Advice PDF
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29/06/2015 2015/1048 Public Notice- ESMA fines DBRS Ratings Limited Decision PDF
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17/09/2014 2014/850rev Technical Advice in accordance with Article 39(b) 2 of the CRA Regulation Technical Advice PDF
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This document has been revised to reflect an amended figure in Table 1 and two re-classifications of solicitation status in Table 2. Article 39b(2) of the CRA Regulation states that the European Commission shall adopt a report by end 2014 – after receiving ESMA’s technical advice – on the appropriateness of the development of a European creditworthiness assessment for sovereign debt. In its request for advice, the Commission asked ESMA to provide input on the issue of sovereign ratings and rating processes including an overview of the market for sovereign ratings, information on operational issues regarding sovereign ratings, information on sovereign rating processes as well as lessons drawn from ESMA’s supervisory experience. Contents For the purposes of this advice, ESMA provides its views based on the quantitative information contained in the CEREP public database and on information publicly disclosed by credit rating agencies registered with ESMA. Additionally, ESMA’s advice has been informed by its first supervisory activities regarding the rating process for sovereign ratings of CRAs which are active in the EU sovereign rating market. In accordance with the CRA Regulation, these supervisory activities did not address the content of the sovereign methodologies themselves but rather were concerned with the independence, transparency and governance of the sovereign rating process. Sovereign credit ratings play a crucial role from a credit market and financial stability perspective, not least because sovereign governments account for the largest group of borrowers in capital markets in terms of volume. In addition the crucial importance of these sovereign ratings can be amplified by the “cascade” effect sovereign ratings have on other asset classes via their presence as factors in other asset methodologies. In the EU the sovereign rating market is composed of nine CRAs established in nine different EU member states. These nine CRAs exhibit a high level of variation with respect to the type and number of sovereign ratings they assign. Sovereign credit ratings themselves can also be differentiated in various ways depending on such factors as local/foreign currency, duration of issuance, whether the rating applies to a specific issuer or issuance and if it is solicited or unsolicited. In addition ESMA would like to emphasise the following points which it believes to be important when considering the appropriateness of the development of a European creditworthiness assessment of sovereign debt.