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31/07/2014 Markt/G3/GW/bh ARES(2014) EC letter to ESMA on classification of financial instruments Letter PDF
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The European Commission has written to ESMA regarding the definition of a financial instrument relating to foreign currency (FX contract).

21/08/2014 ODRG/1/2014 ODRG letter to FSB on barriers to reporting to trade repositories Letter PDF
1.27 MB
30/09/2014 2014/1179 Letter to Commission Barnier- Postponement of reports due by ESMA under Article 85.3 of EMIR Letter PDF
30.37 KB
01/10/2014 2014/1184 Final report on ESMA's draft technical standards on the Clearing Obligation for Interest Rate OTC Derivatives Technical Standards PDF
1.17 MB
06/10/2014 20141002 CSDR mandates Letter PDF
43.4 KB
21/11/2014 2014/1385 ESMA letter to European Commission regarding EMIR clearing obligation Letter PDF
34.57 KB
19/12/2014 EC 18/12/2014 Letter from European Commission- Amended draft RTS on clearing obligation for IRS Letter PDF
555.82 KB

EC 18/12/2014 annex

29/01/2015 2015/223 Opinion on draft RTS on the Clearing Obligation Opinion PDF
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Legal Basis According to Article 5(2) of Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) shall develop draft regulatory technical standards specifying the class of OTC derivatives that should be subject to the clearing obligation, the date or dates from which the clearing obligation takes effect, including any phase in and the categories of counterparties to which the obligation applies, and the minimum remaining maturity of the OTC derivative contracts referred to in Article 4(1)(b)(ii) of EMIR. Background and Procedure On 1 October 2014, ESMA submitted a draft regulatory technical standard (RTS) on the clearing obligation to the European Commission pursuant to Article 10(1) of Regulation No (EU) 1095/2010 (the ESMA Regulation) and Article 5(2) of EMIR. This draft RTS covered Interest Rate Swaps. On 18 December 2014, the Commission informed ESMA of its intention to endorse with amendments this draft RTS and submitted to ESMA a modified version of the RTS (the “modified RTS”) introducing, among others, (1) amendments to the date on which the frontloading obligation starts to apply and (2) a new provision on the treatment of non-EU intragroup transactions. Pursuant to Article 10(1) of the ESMA Regulation, this notification from the Commission opens a period of six weeks during which ESMA may amend its draft RTS on the clearing obligation on the basis of the Commission’s proposed amendments and resubmit it to the Commission in the form of a formal opinion. ESMA has to send a copy of its formal opinion to the European Parliament and to the Council. In accordance with Article 44(1) of the ESMA Regulation the Board of Supervisors has to adopt a formal opinion. Executive Summary ESMA agrees with the ultimate objectives of the modifications that the European Commission intends to introduce. However, ESMA considers that the tool proposed by the Commission for the matter related to the non-EU intra group transactions is not appropriate from a legal perspective and, in the case that the Commission intention is to define a later application date for those transactions, ESMA stands ready to explore, in coordination with the Commission, a different manner to incorporate that provision. ESMA backs the modifications on the frontloading section, though has a few observations and improvements with respect to several recitals. ESMA proposes to incorporate the suggestion of the Commission to deal with the application of the 8 billion threshold to investment funds for the definitions of types of counterparties as a specific provision in the text of the RTS.

13/02/2015 EC-15-639 European Commission letter regarding EMIR clearing obligation on Interest Rate Swaps Letter PDF
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09/03/2015 2015/511 Revised opinion on draft RTS on the clearing obligation on interest rate swaps Opinion PDF
336.52 KB
21/05/2015 2015/838 ESMA's opinion on the composition of CCP colleges under EMIR Opinion PDF
131.98 KB
18/06/2015 2015/943 ESMA letter to European Commission regarding CSRD Level 2 Measures Letter PDF
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28/09/2015 2015/1457 Final Report CSDR TS on CSD Requirements and Internalised Settlement Technical Standards PDF
467.07 KB
28/09/2015 2015/1457 - Annex II Annex II- CSDR TS on CSD Requirements and Internalised Settlement Technical Standards PDF
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28/09/2015 2015/1457 Annex III Annex III- CSDR TS on CSD Requirements and Internalised Settlement Technical Standards PDF
910.14 KB
02/10/2015 2015/1481 Final Report Draft technical standards on the Clearing Obligation – Index Credit Derivatives Technical Standards PDF
781.24 KB
05/10/2015 2015/1498 Letter to European Commission re RTS on indirect clearing under EMIR and under MiFIR , Letter PDF
92.96 KB
13/11/2015 2015/1674 Cover letter to COM- EMIR Technical Standards Letter PDF
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01/02/2016 2016/175 Letter to COM Letter PDF
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02/02/2016 2016/184-199 Opinions on Exemptions from the clearing obligation for pension schemes Opinion PDF
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Today’s document published by ESMA contains opinions on 16 UK-based pension schemes where the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the competent authority for securities markets. After the exemptions are granted by the FCA, ESMA will publish the list of the types of entities/ arrangements that have been exempted.