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25/01/2016 2016/96 Slides from ESMA’s Open Hearing on validation and review of CRAs’ methodologies Consultation Paper PDF
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18/02/2016 2016/SMG/005 Summary of Conclusions Joint meeting 11/12/2015 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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18/02/2016 2016/SMSG/004 Summary of Conclusions SMSG meeting 11/12/2015 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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31/03/2016 2016/SMSG/004 Summary of Conclusions SMSG meeting 03/02/2016 Summary of Conclusions PDF
208.58 KB
11/05/2016 2016/SMSG/012 Summary of Conclusions SMSG meeting 05/04/2016 Summary of Conclusions PDF
200.68 KB
01/07/2016 2016/SMSG/015 Summary of Conclusions Joint BoS SMSG meeting 26 May 2016 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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01/07/2016 2016/SMSG/016 Summary of Conclusions SMSG meeting 26-27 May 2016 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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14/11/2016 2016/SMSG/018 Summary of Conclusions SMSG meeting 21 September 2016 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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04/04/2017 33-5-94 Response Form CRA Endorsement Guidelines Consultation Paper DOCX
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04/04/2017 33-9-149 Update of the guidelines on the application of the endorsement regime under Article 4(3) of the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation Consultation Paper PDF
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Endorsement is one of two regimes provided in the CRA Regulation that allow credit ratings issued in a third country to be used for regulatory purposes in the EU – the other being equivalence/certification. Article 21(3) of the CRA Regulation requires ESMA to issue and update guidelines on the application of the endorsement regime specified under Article 4(3) of the same Regulation. This Consultation Paper proposes to update the previously issued 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement.
The proposed update of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement is mainly driven by the need to reflect the changes to Articles 6-12 and Annex I introduced by CRA 3, which will enter into force for the purposes of equivalence and endorsement on 1 June 2018. On that basis, ESMA has to update the Methodological Framework on which ESMA relies for assessing a third-country legal and supervisory framework for the purposes of endorsement and equivalence. This Methodological Framework is provided in Annex II of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement. By 1 June 2018, ESMA should also have completed a reassessment of all the previously assessed third-country legal and regulatory frameworks against the new requirements based on the updated Methodological Framework (provided in Annex III).


ESMA has taken this opportunity to reassess its approach to endorsement more broadly, based on the supervisory experience acquired since the adoption of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement. The proposed changes and clarification of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement focus in particular on ESMA’s understanding of points (b), (c), (d), and (e) of Article 4(3) of the CRA Regulation.
Furthermore, some parts of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement relate to the establishment of ESMA, the initial registration of CRAs and various transitional arrangements. The proposed updated Guidelines on Endorsement do not include these parts, as they are no longer relevant. Finally, some information in the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement was not addressed to market participants but referred to ESMA’s internal processes. This information has also been excluded from the proposed updated guidelines on Endorsement, but is, for context, summarised in Section 4 of this Consultation Paper.
 

17/03/2017 ESMA 22-106-143 Summary of conclusions- SMSG meeting 9 February 2017 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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19/07/2018 ESMA 33-9-252 Consulation Paper on Revised Guidelines on Periodic Reporting by CRAs Consultation Paper PDF
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19/12/2018 ESMA 33-9-290 Consulation Paper on Disclosure Requirements Applicable to Credit Ratings Consultation Paper PDF
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25/05/2018 ESMA22-106-1019 Summary of Conclusions SMSG meeting 12 April 2018 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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27/08/2018 ESMA22-106-1098 Summary of conclusions- BoS and SMSG meeting 24 May 2018 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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27/08/2018 ESMA22-106-1137 Summary of conclusions- SMSG meeting 25 May 2018 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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03/01/2019 ESMA22-106-1605 Summary of Conclusions BoS and SMSG meeting 8 November 2018 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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03/01/2019 ESMA22-106-1606 Summary of Conclusions SMSG meeting 8-9 November 2018 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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05/03/2019 ESMA22-106-1654 Summary of Conclusions SMSG meeting 5 February 2019 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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17/05/2019 ESMA22-106-1780 Summary of Conclusions SMSG meeting 11 April 2019 Summary of Conclusions PDF
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