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06/06/2013 2013/684 ESMA and the EBA publish final principles on benchmarks , , Press Release PDF
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05/03/2013 2013/SMSG/03 SMSG Advice on Benchmarks/Indices , Letter PDF
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10/11/2016 2016-1560 Final Report on Technical Advice under the Benchmarks Regulation Final Report PDF
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10/11/2016 2016-1567 ESMA finalises advice on future rules for financial benchmarks Press Release PDF
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29/09/2016 2016/1407 ESMA consults on future rules for financial benchmarks , Press Release PDF
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05/01/2017 2016/1621 2016-1621 ESMA letter to EC on postponement of ESEF RTS , , Letter PDF
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21/12/2016 2016/1682 2016-1682 Press Release on Feedback Statement on ESEF , , , Press Release PDF
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09/02/2016 2016/235 Comment letter on Taxonomy due process , , Letter PDF
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15/02/2016 2016/291 ESMA consults on implementation of the Benchmarks Regulation , , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published a Discussion Paper (DP) regarding the technical implementation of the incoming Benchmarks Regulation (BR). ESMA is seeking stakeholder’s input to inform its future proposals on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) and Technical Advice (TA) to the European Commission.

Benchmarks are used in financial markets as a reference to price financial instruments and to measure performance of investment funds, as well as being an important element of many financial contracts and their integrity is critical to financial markets and to investors in particular. The BR’s objective is to improve the governance and control over the benchmark process, thereby ensuring their reliability and protecting users. The changes aim to:

  • improve the quality of the input data and methodologies used by benchmark administrators;
  • ensure that benchmark contributors provide adequate data and are subject to proper controls; and
  • ensure the supervision and viability of critical benchmarks.

Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, said:

“The Benchmark Regulation, once implemented, will ensure the accuracy, robustness and integrity of benchmarks and the benchmark setting process by clarifying the behaviours and standards expected of administrators and contributors. These requirements will ensure that benchmarks are produced in a transparent and reliable manner and so contribute to well-functioning and stable markets, and investor protection.

“ESMA, in preparing for its work on regulatory technical standards and technical advice, is keen to ensure that all affected stakeholders have their views heard on this important topic and we hope that all interested parties will take this opportunity to contribute.”

The DP is seeking stakeholder’s feedback in the following areas:

  • definition of benchmarks;
  • requirements for the benchmark oversight function;
  • requirements for the benchmark input data;
  • governance and control requirements for supervised benchmark contributors;
  • authorisation and registration of an administrator; and
  • transparency requirements regarding the benchmark methodology.

The exact date when the Benchmarks Regulation will enter into force is still unknown as it has not yet been published in the Official Journal of the EU.

Next steps

ESMA will hold an open hearing on the DP on 29 February 2016 in Paris. It will use the responses to its DP to develop detailed implementing measures on which it will publish a follow-up consultation in Q3 2016.

18/12/2017 ESMA 71-99-670 New rules make EU issuers’ annual financial reports machine-readable Press Release PDF
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18/12/2017 ESMA32-60-204 Final report on the RTS on the European Single Electronic Format Final Report PDF
6.37 MB
07/06/2019 ESMA32-60-474 Draft RTS amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/815 on the updates of the taxonomy to be used for the ESEF , Final Report PDF
6.5 MB
18/06/2020 ESMA32-60-607 Final report on draft RTS including 2020 update RTS on ESEF Final Report PDF
6.21 MB
31/05/2021 ESMA32-60-727 Final Report draft RTS amending RTS on ESEF 2021 , Final Report PDF
9.47 MB
16/05/2019 ESMA34-45-712 Verena Ross- ICMA 2019 conference speech , , , Speech PDF
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26/03/2021 ESMA43-370-281 Final report_TA on procedural rules for penalties imposed on Benchmark Administrators Final Report PDF
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06/12/2017 ESMA50-164-1173 Press Release MiFID/MAR Transitional Transparency Calculations , , , , Press Release PDF
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20/12/2018 ESMA70-145-1008 Final report on Guidelines on non-significant benchmarks Final Report PDF
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02/06/2017 ESMA70-145-81 Final report on draft RTS on cooperation with third countries under BMR Final Report PDF
203.07 KB
11/03/2020 ESMA70-156-1434 Compliance table for Guidelines on non-significant benchmarks (ESMA70-145-1209) , Compliance table PDF
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