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14/06/2013 2224977 Updated mandate on EMIR equivalence Letter PDF
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03/09/2013 2013/1163 Technical advice on third country regulatory equivalence under EMIR Letter PDF
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02/10/2013 2013/1383 Technical advice on third country regulatory equivalence under EMIR Letter PDF
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05/03/2013 2013/SMSG/03 SMSG Advice on Benchmarks/Indices , Letter PDF
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08/08/2013 2013/1086 Reporting to Trade Repositories – the case of ETDs Letter PDF
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17/02/2020 ESMA70-708036281-2 Questions and Answers on CSDR , Q&A PDF
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02/02/2018 ESMA70-151-1179 Questions and Answers ESMA CCP Stress Test Q&A PDF
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08/07/2020 ESMA70-708036281-2 Q&As- Central Securities Depositories Regulation Q&A PDF
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29/03/2019 ESMA70-145-111 Q&A on the Market Abuse Regulation , Q&A PDF
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The purpose of this document is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of MAR and its implementing measures. It does this by providing responses to questions posed by the general public and competent authorities in relation to the practical application of the MAR framework

The content of this document is aimed at competent authorities to ensure that in their supervisory activities and their actions are converging along the lines of the responses adopted by ESMA and at helping issuers, investors and other market participants by providing clarity on the content of the market abuse rules, rather than creating an extra layer of requirements.

11/12/2019 ESMA70-145-114 Q&A on the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR) , Q&A PDF
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29/04/2016 2016/665 Q&A on ESMA’s EU-wide stress tests for CCPs Q&A PDF
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08/07/2020 ESMA70-1861941480-52 Q&A on EMIR implementation Q&A PDF
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01/04/2016 2016/419 Q&A Market Abuse Directive Q&A PDF
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21/08/2014 ODRG/1/2014 ODRG letter to FSB on barriers to reporting to trade repositories Letter PDF
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14/12/2017 ESMA70-151-957 MiFID II Q&A on post-trading issues , Q&A PDF
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08/05/2014 2014/483 Letter to the European Commission- Frontloading requirement under EMIR Letter PDF
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This letter to the European Commission advances ESMA's intention to ease certain frontloading requirement under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).  Frontloading is a term that refers to the clearing obligation under EMIR, which will oblige counterparties to centrally clear certain derivative trades through clearing houses (CCP). ESMA believes that the frontloading procedure creates uncertainties for derivatives end-users while the exact terms of the clearing obligation has not been defined which could have adverse impacts on risk hedging and financial stability. Therefore, ESMA informs the European Commission that it intends to establish the frontloading requirement in a manner that will minimise uncertainty. The clearing requirement began to apply with the first authorisation of an EU-based CCP which happened on 18 March 2014. Following the first CCP approval, EMIR requires ESMA to draft within six months technical standards which will define the derivatives classes subject to central clearing.  However, compulsory central clearing will only start with the entry-into-force of the technical standards which creates the need to ‘frontload’ those derivate trades since 18 March 2014.

26/07/2016 2016/1164 Letter to the Commissioner Dombrovskis on MAR ITS , Letter PDF
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30/01/2014 2014/83 Letter to Jonathan Faull (EC) regarding Technical Advice (Japan) Letter PDF
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24/01/2014 2014/1964 Letter to Jonathan Faull (EC) regarding Technical Advice Letter PDF
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Letter regarding Technical advice on possible delegated acts concerning procedural rules to impose fines and periodic penalty payments to Trade Repositories (TRs)

30/01/2017 ESMA70-708036281-19 Letter to European Commission- EMIR Review and Sanctioning Powers , Letter PDF
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