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23/09/2022 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.

13/09/2022 JC 2022 47 List of SFDR queries requiring the interpretation of Union law , Q&A PDF
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11/07/2022 ESMA22-106-4135 SMSG advice to ESMA on EFRAG Consultation on Sustainability Reporting standards , SMSG Advice PDF
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25/05/2022 Joint Committee SFDR Q&As Questions related to Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 on SFDR , Q&A PDF
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13/05/2022 JC 2022 26 SFDR queries forwarded to the Commission , Q&A PDF
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17/12/2021 JC 2021 19 Joint Committee Q&As relating to the Securitisation Regulation Q&A PDF
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30/11/2021 SFDR EC Q&A CORRECTION EC Q&A on sustainability-related disclosures- correction , Q&A PDF
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19/11/2021 ESMA33-128-563 Questions and answers on the Securitisation Regulation Q&A PDF
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29/07/2021 ESMA33-5-87 Q&A on the Implementation of the Regulation (EU) No 462 2013 On CRA Q&A PDF
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26/07/2021 SFDR EC Q&A EC Q&A on sustainability-related disclosures , Q&A PDF
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17/05/2021 ESMA22-106-3375 SMSG advice to the ESA’s Joint Consultation Paper on Taxonomy-related sustainability disclosures , SMSG Advice PDF
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13/11/2020 ESMA22-106-2993 SMSG advice on Sustainability Templates , SMSG Advice PDF
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15/09/2020 ESMA22-106-2858 SMSG advice on ESG disclosure , SMSG Advice PDF
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04/12/2019 ESMA70-21038340-46 Compliance table for the Guidelines on market making activities under the Short Selling Regulation , , Compliance table 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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04/02/2019 ESMA70-145-153 Compliance table- MAR Guidelines on information relating to commodity derivatives markets or related spot markets for the purpose of the definition of inside information on commodity derivatives , , Compliance table PDF
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13/11/2018 ESMA33-128-505 Final Technical Advice Securitisation Repositories Fees Technical Advice 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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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.