The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s financial markets regulator and supervisor, today launches a Call for Evidence (CfE) on the shortening of the settlement cycle. Stakeholders are invited to provide their input by 15 December 2023.
The Call for Evidence will help ESMA to assess the costs and benefits of a possible reduction of the settlement cycle in the European Union (EU); and identify whether any regulatory action is needed to smoothen the impact for EU market participants of the planned shortening of the settlement cycle to T+1 in other jurisdictions, such as the US. ESMA seeks input, including quantitative evidence, from all stakeholders involved in financial markets, and not only those in financial market infrastructures.
In particular, ESMA invites market infrastructures (CSDs, CCPs, trading venues), their members and participants, other investment firms, issuers, fund managers, retail and wholesale investors, and their representatives to provide detailed feedback on the questions put forward.
ESMA will publish and submit to the European Commission (EC) a feedback report with its main findings in the course of 2024.
ESMA may provide an earlier report to the EC identifying possible regulatory actions to address the impact for EU market participants of the US move to T+1.
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