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11/05/2005 04-505b Market Abuse Directive- Level 3 – first set of CESR guidance and information on the common operation of the Directive , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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http://www.cesr-eu.org/data/document/04_505b.pdf
11/05/2005 05-331 Press release- Facilitating the implementation of the Market Abuse Directive , Press Release PDF
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22/11/2007 07-762 Press release- CESR identifies the Administrative Measures and Sanctions as well as the Criminal Sanctions available in Member States under the Market Abuse Directive (MAD) , Press Release PDF
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15/05/2009 09-219 Guidelines- MAD Level 3 – Third set of CESR guidance and information on the common operation of the Directive to the market , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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21/10/2011 2011/354 Press release- European enforcers see good level of IFRS application in 2010 , Press Release PDF
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02/12/2011 2011/414 Press release- ESMA gathers worldwide supervisors to discuss enforcement of IFRS , Press Release PDF
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26/07/2012 2012/483 ESMA publishes review of accounting treatment of Greek sovereign debt , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has today published Review of Greek Government Bonds accounting practices in the IFRS Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2011, which sets out the results of the review conducted by ESMA on accounting practices and disclosures regarding exposure to Greek government bonds. The ESMA review considered a sample of 42 European financial institutions, each with significant exposure to Greek government bonds totalling an estimated gross exposure of around €80 billion.

17/09/2012 2012/582 ESMA consults on market maker and primary dealer exemption for short selling , Press Release PDF
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12/11/2012 2012/730 ESMA announces enforcement priorities for 2012 financial statements , Press Release PDF
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20/12/2012 2012/854 ESMA issues statement on forbearance practices , , Press Release PDF
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ESMA issues statement on forbearance practicesThe European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued a Public Statement on the Treatment of Forbearance Practices in IFRS Financial Statements of Financial Institutions.  The statement deals with the definition of forbearance practices, their impact on the impairment of financial assets and the specific disclosures relating to forbearance activities that listed financial institutions should include in their IFRS financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2012.The statement results from ESMA’s concerns that a lack of consistency amongst issuers in this area raises issues over the transparency and accuracy of their financial statements.  ESMA believes that the consistent application of IFRS principles promotes comparability among listed financial institutions’ financial statements.This forms part of broader work on forbearance practices undertaken by regulators, including the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), who are examining the issue in the context of prudential reporting and macro-economic risks respectively.Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair said:“ESMA and national authorities have become concerned at the lack of clarity in financial issuers’ financial statements regarding their treatment of forbearance-related practices, and the potential impact this might have on issuer’s financial performance and position, with consequences for investors and markets.“We have seen the impact of an inadequate approach to forbearance and impairment in previous financial crises and our aim is to avoid a similar situation developing here in the EU.  We believe that by promoting an appropriate and consistent approach to the definition of forbearance, measurement of impairment and related disclosures, investors can be confident that issuers’ financial statements accurately reflect credit risk exposures and the credit quality of their financial assets.”“A uniformly consistent approach on this issue in the EU will contribute to the proper functioning of financial markets, the maintenance of financial stability in the European Union and improved investor protection.”Forbearance and objective evidence of impairmentForbearance occurs when the borrower is considered to be unable to meet the terms and conditions of the contract due to financial difficulties and ,based on these difficulties, it decides to modify the terms and conditions of the contract to allow the borrower sufficient ability to service the debt or refinance.  Therefore, forbearance measures constitute objective evidence of impairment under IFRS.Forbearance and asset impairmentAs forbearance measures are extended due to the financial difficulties of the borrower, ESMA expects that issuers would have  when assessing the impairment of those loans:•    identified whether a loss event has had an impact on the estimated future cash flows;•    based impairment calculations on the estimated future cash flows and not the contractual cash flows; and•    applied a heightened level of scepticism when estimating the future cash flows, as well as other parameters used. Required disclosures in the year-end IFRS financial statementsThe disclosures to be provided by financial institutions, regarding their forbearance practices in their annual IFRS financial statements, should include the following qualitative aspects:•    details of the types of forbearance practices undertaken during the reporting period;•    description of the risks related to the forbearance practices undertaken, and how these risks are managed and monitored for internal management purposes;•    accounting policies applied in respect of the forborn assets; and•     description of any changes in these aspects from the prior period.The issuers should also provide quantitative disclosures in order to enable users to evaluate the impact of forbearance measures on the credit risk profile of their loan portfolios and their financial position and performance. ESMA expects such quantitative disclosures to be included in the 2012 financial statements as far as possible, and in any event they should be implemented and reflected in 2013’s annual financial statements.Next StepsESMA, together with EU national competent authorities, will continue to monitor the level of transparency that issuers provide in their financial statements on forbearance related measures and their impact on impairment, and will consider whether further action is required.  The statement complements ESMA’s common enforcement priorities for the 2012 year-end IFRS financial statements which were published in November 2012.

01/02/2013 2013/167 ESMA issues guidelines on market-making and primary dealer exemptions , Press Release PDF
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12/02/2013 2013/214 ESMA seeks feedback for review of the Short Selling Regulation , Press Release PDF
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02/04/2013 2013/74 Guidelines on Exemption for market making activities and primary market operations under the Short selling regulation , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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02/04/2013 2013/74 BG Изключения за дейностите по поддържане на пазара и операциите на първичния пазар съгласно Регламент (ЕС) № 236/2012 на Европейския парламент и на Съвета относно късите продажби и някои аспекти на суапите за кредитно неизпълнение , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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02/04/2013 2013/74 CS Výjimka pro činnosti v rámci tvorby trhu a operace na primárním trhu podle nařízení Evropského parlamentu a Rady (EU) č. 236/2012 ze dne 14. března 2012 o prodeji na krátko a některých aspektech swapů úvěrového selhání , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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02/04/2013 2013/74 DA Fritagelse for market making-aktiviteter og primære markedsoperationer i henhold til Europa-Parlamentets og Rådets forordning (EU) nr. 236/2012 om short selling og visse aspekter af credit default swaps , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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02/04/2013 2013/74 ET Turutegemise ja esmasturuga seotud toimingute suhtes kohaldatavad erandid vastavalt Euroopa Parlamendi ja nõukogu määrusele (EL) nr 236/2012 lühikeseks müügi ja krediidiriski vahetustehingute teatavate aspektide kohta , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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02/04/2013 2013/74 FI Lyhyeksimyynnistä ja tietyistä luottoriskinvaihtosopimuksiin liittyvistä kysymyksistä annetun Euroopan parlamentin ja neuvoston asetuksen (EU) N:o 236/2012 mukaisesta markkinatakaustoimintaa ja ensimarkkinoilla suoritettavia operaatioita koskevasta poikke , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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02/04/2013 2013/74 FR Exemption pour les activités de tenue de marché et les opérations de marché primaire au titre du Règlement (UE) n° 236/2012 du Parlement européen et du Conseil sur la vente à découvert et certains aspects des contrats d’échange sur risque de crédit , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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02/04/2013 2013/74 EL Εξαίρεση για δραστηριότητες ειδικής διαπραγμάτευσης και πρωτογενούς αγοράς βάσει του κανονισμού (ΕΕ) αριθ. 236/2012 του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου και του Συμβουλίου για τις ανοικτές πωλήσεις και ορισμένες πτυχές των συμβολαίων ανταλλαγής πιστωτικής αθέτησης , Guidelines & Recommendations PDF
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