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13/07/2016 2016/1126 ESMA consults on proposed central clearing delay for small financial counterparties , Press Release PDF
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30/09/2016 2016/1411 ESMA consults on future reporting rules for securities financing transactions , , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today a consultation paper on draft technical standards implementing the Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR), which aims to increase the transparency of shadow banking activities. Securities financing transactions (SFTs) are transactions where securities are used to borrow cash (or other higher investment-grade securities), or vice versa – this includes repurchase transactions, securities lending and sell/buy-back transactions.

04/10/2016 2016/1415 ESMA reporton on securities financing transactions and leverage in the EU , Report PDF
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04/10/2016 2016/1432 Press release- ESMA reports on shadow banking, leverage and pro-cyclicality , , Press Release PDF
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11/10/2016 2016/1458 ESMA to focus on supervisory convergence issues in 2017 , , , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its 2017 Work Programme which sets out its priorities and areas of focus for 2017 in support of its mission to enhance investor protection and promote stable and orderly financial markets.

The programme reflects the shift in focus of ESMA’s work, from building the single rulebook, towards ensuring its consistent application across the European Union (EU), as outlined in its 2016-2020 Strategic Orientation. The key areas of focus under ESMA’s activities of supervisory convergence, assessing risks, single rulebook and direct supervision will be:

  • Converging supervisory practices on the implementation of MiFIDII/MiFIR ;
  • Focusing on data quality;
  • Level 2 work on the Benchmarks Regulation and on various initiatives under the umbrella of the Capital Markets Union; and
  • Directly supervising credit rating agencies (CRA) and trade repositories (TR), with a particular focus on their ancillary activities given the trend of combining ancillary and core services.
22/12/2016 2016/1683 Peer Review on CCPs' Margin and Collateral requirements Report PDF
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22/12/2016 2016/1685 Press Release- ESMA identifies areas for improvement in EU CCP supervision Press Release PDF
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12/01/2017 ESMA71-844457584-322 ESMA calls for consistent application of MiFIR product intervention powers Press Release PDF
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18/01/2017 ESAS-2017-82 Report on the functionning of the CRR with the related obligations under EMIR Report PDF
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30/01/2017 ESMA70-708036281-19 Letter to European Commission- EMIR Review and Sanctioning Powers , Letter PDF
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01/02/2017 ESMA71-844457584-338 Press release- ESMA announces details of 2017 CCP stress test Press Release PDF
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23/03/2017 ESMA70-708036281-8 Final Report on guidelines on participant default rules and procedures under CSDR Report PDF
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23/03/2017 ESMA70-708036281-7 Final Report on CSDR Guidelines on Access by a CSD to the Transaction Feeds of a CCP or of a Trading Venue under CSDR Report PDF
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31/03/2017 ESMA70-708036281-82 Final Report on Technical standards under SFTR and certain amendments to EMIR Report PDF
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05/04/2017 ESMA31-54-435 Report on shareholder identification and communication systems , Report PDF
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07/06/2017 ESMA50-158-457 ESMA response to the Commission Consultation Paper on Fintech: A more competitive and innovative financial sector Report PDF
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  1. ESMA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Commission Consultation paper on Fintech: a more competitive and innovative financial sector (hereafter “the Consultation”).
  2. Fintech and, technological innovation in general, have been the drivers of a number of developments in the financial sector in recent years. Indeed, new forms of services and businesses such as automated advice or crowdfunding have emerged. ESMA sees these developments as a positive evolution as long as they are aimed at improving consumer financial experience and facilitate financial inclusion. ESMA would also want to stress that it adheres to the core principles (technological neutrality, proportionality and market integrity) highlighted by the Commission and agrees that any EU policies aiming to ensure the financial sector takes advantage of cutting-edge technologies, while remaining sound and safe for investors, need to integrate these principles.
  3. In this response, ESMA wishes to share with the Commission some reflections on a number of topics mentioned in the Consultation which appear relevant to ESMA:
    • Artificial intelligence and big data analytics for automated advice and businesses;
    • Crowdfunding;
    • Reg Tech;
    • Outsourcing and cloud computing;
    • Distributed ledger technology;
    • Role of regulation and supervisors; and
    • Role of industry: standards and interoperability
03/07/2017 ESMA31-62-746 EEA prospectus activity in 2016 , Report PDF
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05/10/2017 ESMA20-95-619 2018 Work Programme , Report PDF
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13/11/2017 ESMA71-99-649 Press Release ICO Statements , , Press Release PDF
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02/02/2018 ESMA70-151-1154 EU-wide CCP Stress Test 2017 Report PDF
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