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18/04/2012 2012/256 ESMA approves credit ratings from Argentina and Mexico for use in the EU , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announces today that it considers the regulatory frameworks for credit rating agencies (CRAs) of Argentina and Mexico to be in line with European Union rules.  Today’s announcement allows European financial institutions to continue using credit ratings issued in these countries for regulatory purposes after 30 April 2012.In order to facilitate regulatory information exchange, and as a precondition to endorsement, ESMA has entered into co-operation agreements for the supervision of CRAs with the national competent authorities of Argentina and Mexico.  Ratings issued under the regulatory frameworks of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the United States have already been approved for use in the EU.
18/04/2012 2012/259 Technical advice on CRA regulatory equivalence- US, Canada and Australia Technical Advice PDF
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On 12 June 2009 the European Commission requested CESR, now ESMA, to provide its technical advice on the equivalence between the legal and supervisory framework of Japan, The United States, and Canada with the EU regulatory regime for credit rating agencies. (Regulation (EC) No. 1060/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council on credit rating agencies ). On 17 November 2009, the Commission also requested CESR to provide its technical advice on Australia. On 28 September 2010, the European Commission published an equivalence decision on Japan. With regard to the compliance with the EU requirements on endorsement, ESMA had already indicated that it considers the legal and regulatory regime for CRAs supervision of the following countries as “as stringent as” the EU requirements:        - On 22 December 2011, Japan and Australia;        - On 15 March 2012, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore. This report sets out ESMA’s advice to the European Commission in respect of the equivalence between the US (Part I), Canada (Part II) and Australia (Part III) respective legal and supervisory frameworks and the EU regulatory regime for credit rating agencies.
26/04/2012 2012/271 The sovereign debt crisis and the EU single market: where is further work needed from a securities markets perspective? Speech PDF
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This speech was given by Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, at the ECB high level conference on Financial Integration and Stability on 26 April 2012.
27/04/2012 2012/273 How the new regulatory and supervisory framework protects Europe’s markets and consumers Speech PDF
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Speech given by Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, at the Central Bank of Ireland Stakeholder Conference on 27 April 2012.
27/04/2012 2012/274 ESMA approves credit ratings from Brazil for use in the EU , Press Release PDF
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ESMA considers the regulatory framework for credit rating agencies (CRAs) of Brazil to be in line with European Union rules. This allows European financial institutions to continue using credit ratings issued in Brazil for regulatory purposes after 30 April 2012. In order to facilitate the exchange of regulatory information, and as a precondition to endorsement, ESMA has also entered into a co-operation agreement for the supervision of CRAs with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários – CVM).
12/01/2012 2012/3 Annual report on the application of the Regulation on credit rating agencies as provided by Article 21(5) and Article 39a of the Regulation (EU) No 1060/2009 as amended by Regulation No 1095/2010 Final Report PDF
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This is the first report under the new CRA regulation, however, please note that CESR published a report about the application of the Regulation in the EU and, in particular, on the implementation of the requirements established in Annex I of the Regulation on 6 December 2010 (CESR/10-1424), according to Article 21(4) of the Regulation which was subsequently amended by Regulation No (EC) 513/2011. At the time of publication, 16 CRA's have been registered.
24/01/2012 2012/30 Draft technical standards on the Regulation (EU) xxxx/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps Consultation Paper PDF
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ESMA will consider the feedback it received to this consultation in February/March 2012 and expects to publish a final report and submission of the draft technical standards to the European Commission by 31 March 2012 for endorsement.
10/05/2012 2012/307 European Accounting Association (EAA) 35th Annual Congress – Ljubljana, 9 May 2012 Speech PDF
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Speech delivered by Steven Maijoor at the 35th European Accounting Association Annual Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Wednesday 9 May 2012.
11/05/2012 2012/314 Shaping the future of Europe’s financial markets Speech PDF
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Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, delivered a speech on "Shaping the future of Europe's financial markets" to the Centre Forum this morning in London.
25/01/2012 2012/32 Credit Rating Agencies: What are the next steps? Speech PDF
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Speech by Verena Ross at a public hearing organised by the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament, 24 January 2012 in Brussels
16/05/2012 2012/321 Public Statement at the 2012 IOSCO Annual Conference Speech PDF
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Steven Maijoor delivered a speech this morning at IOSCO's 2012 Annual Conference in Beijing where he was appearing on panel on New Financial Architecture and International Standards Setting in the Post-Crisis Era.
23/05/2012 2012/326 Speech by Steven Maijoor at the Government Borrowers Forum Speech PDF
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Speech given by Steven Maijoor, Chair of ESMA, at the Government Borrowers Forum in Helsinki on 23 May 2012
24/05/2012 2012/328 Keynote speech at the ICMA conference- Verena Ross Speech PDF
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Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, today gave the keynote address at the ICMA conference in Milan
13/06/2012 2012/367 The role of ESMA in European and international regulatory cooperation Speech PDF
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Speech by Verena Ross, Executive Director of ESMA, given on 12 June 2012 at the International Council of Securities Associations in Copenhagen
20/06/2012 2012/378 Operation of notifications of MiFID Article 41 suspensions and removals of financial instruments from trading Reference PDF
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This protocol has been created to ensure effective co-operation between Competent Authorities (CAs) with respect to their obligations under Article 41 of MiFID (Suspension and removal of in-struments from trading).The purpose of the notification obligations under Article 41 is to afford investors across all Mem-ber States the same level of protection regardless of where they trade. In order to achieve this outcome, a shared understanding of the different circumstances under which trading may be suspended in different Member States according to their national law and the expected course of action under Article 41 is helpful. To ensure trading is suspended or an instrument is removed from trading in an effective and timely way, an effective communication process is necessary.The protocol will be kept under review in light of practical experience.
05/07/2012 2012/425 Keynote address of Steven Maijoor, Chair of ESMA at the Europlace Financial Forum Speech PDF
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Steven Maijoor delivered the key note speech at the Europlace Financial Forum in Paris on 4 July 2012.
25/07/2012 2012/478 ESMA MiFID database- description of webservice Reference PDF
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This document provides useful information for developers wanting to use the webservice provided in ESMA's MIFID databases.
30/08/2012 2012/537 STATEMENT- Short Selling Regulation Update: Market Maker & Primary Dealer Exemption Notification Procedure , , Statement PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is publishing this notice to alert financial market participants to its upcoming consultation on the market making and authorised primary dealer exemption under the EU’s Short Selling Regulation (SSR) and the procedure to be followed by firms and regulators in dealing with notifications of intention to use the exemption.
13/09/2012 2012/577 ESMA publishes a Q&A on Short-Selling Regulation , Statement PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Q&A on the Implementation of the Regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps.The purpose of the Q&A is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices amongst the EU’s national securities markets regulators on the requirements of the Short Selling Regulation once it comes into force on 1 November 2012.  It will also provide clarity on the requirements of the new regime to market participants and investors.Issues addressed by the Q&AThe document provides responses to questions posed by market participants, national securities markets regulators, and the general public in relation to the practical application of the forthcoming Short Selling regime.  It addresses issues related to:•    territorial scope;•    transparency requirements; •    calculation of net short positions;•    uncovered short sales; •    and enforcement regime.Further InformationThe document is likely to be revised and updated before 1 November as new questions are received by ESMA.Technical queries on the application of the new regime should be addressed in writing to shortselling@esma.europa.eu, while further information can be found at http://www.esma.europa.eu/page/Short-selling. Notes for editors1.    Questions & Answers – Implementation of the regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps.2.    Regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps.3.    ESMA is an independent EU Authority that was established on 1 January 2011 and works closely with the other European Supervisory Authorities responsible for banking (EBA), and insurance and occupational pensions (EIOPA), and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB).4.    ESMA’s mission is to enhance the protection of investors and promote stable and well-functioning financial markets in the European Union (EU).  As an independent institution, ESMA achieves this aim by building a single rule book for EU financial markets and ensuring its consistent application across the EU.  ESMA contributes to the regulation of financial services firms with a pan-European reach, either through direct supervision or through the active co-ordination of national supervisory activity.Further information:David CliffeSenior Communications OfficerTel:   +33 (0)1 58 36 43 24Mob: +33 6 42 48 29 06Email: david.cliffe@esma.europa.eu
19/09/2012 2012/579 Statement by Steven Maijoor at the ECON hearing on 19/09/2012 , Speech PDF
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Statement given by Steven Maijoor, Chair of ESMA, at the ECON hearing in the European Parliament on 19 September 2012