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29/01/2016 2016/163 Opinion on CRR ITS final Letter PDF
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29/01/2016 2016/164 Letter J Hill- Opinion on Draft ITS CRR Letter PDF
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01/02/2016 2016/172 Comment Letter to IASB on ED ‘Applying IFRS 9 Financial Instruments with IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts’ Letter PDF
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01/02/2016 2016/173 Comment Letter to EFRAG on ED ‘Applying IFRS 9 Financial Instruments with IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts’ 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.

16/02/2016 2016/279 CL to EFRAG SPS Cash flow issues Letter PDF
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16/02/2016 2016/280 CL to the IASB ED Improvements IFRS Cycle Letter PDF
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16/02/2016 2016/281 CL to EFRAG on IASB ED Improvements IFRS Cycle Letter PDF
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16/02/2016 2016/282 CL to the IASB ED Amendments to IAS 40 Letter PDF
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16/02/2016 2016/283 CL to EFRAG on IASB ED Amendments to IAS 40 Letter PDF
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19/02/2016 2016/302 CL to IFRS PS on materiality Letter PDF
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19/02/2016 2016/303 CL to EFRAG IFRS PS on materiality Letter PDF
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21/03/2016 2016/402 Letter EU Comm Guersent- position limits Letter PDF
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21/03/2016 2016/403 Letter EU Comm Guersent- Ancillary Activity Letter PDF
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21/03/2016 2016/404 Letter EU Comm Guersent- Non-equity transparency Letter PDF
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04/04/2016 2016/461 Final report on temporary exemption for ETDs under MiFID II Final Report PDF
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04/04/2016 2016/566 ESMA not to exempt ETD under MiFID II , Press Release PDF
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02/05/2016 2016/672 Letter Commission- Opinions RTS 2 and RTS 21 Letter PDF
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02/05/2016 2016/566 Press release MiFID II RTS , Press Release PDF
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04/05/2016 2016/653 Final Report on RTS on reporting obligations under Article 26 of MiFIR Final Report PDF
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