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ESMA Newsletter - Nº1

01 February 2019

In this first edition of ESMA's new newsletter we catch up on the full list of publications and announcements following ESMA's Board of Supervisors meetings on 18 December 2018 and 30 January 2019.  

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Month ahead

 

Hearing on measures to promote sustainability in EU capital markets

  • Hearing will take place at ESMA in Paris - February 4

 

  • Full details of the hearing including the agenda can be found here   
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  • The hearing is fully booked but will also be broadcast live on Twitter and will be recorded.
ESMA will publish a full video of the hearing in the days following the event.

ESMA consultations closing this month

Consultations closing this month

Key ESMA dates for the month ahead 

  • Dealine for corporate reporting experts to apply for ESMA stakeholder panel - 8 February
  • Publication of latest Double Volume Cap (DVC) Data - February 6 

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Missed any ESMA publications? Check out the full list of news items from our press office. 

Publication period: 18 December 2018 - 31 January 2019 

31 January

ESMA PUBLISHES OPINION AND Q&A ON DISCLOSURE TECHNICAL STANDARDS UNDER THE SECURITISATION REGULATION

ESMA has published today an Opinion containing a revised set of draft regulatory and implementing technical standards (disclosure RTS/ITS) under the Securitisation Regulation

31 January

NOTICE OF ESMA’S PRODUCT INTERVENTION RENEWAL DECISION IN RELATION TO CONTRACTS FOR DIFFERENCES 

On 23 January 2019, ESMA adopted a Decision under Article 40 of Regulation (EU) No 600/20141 to restrict the marketing, distribution or sale of contracts for differences (CFDs) to retail clients.

31 January

ESMA Q&AS CLARIFY PROSPECTUS AND TRANSPARENCY RULES IN CASE OF NO-DEAL BREXIT

ESMA) has issued three Questions and Answers (Q&As) regarding the Prospectus Directive (PD) and the Transparency Directive (TD). 

30 January

ESMA UPDATES PLAN FOR SYSTEMATIC INTERNALISER REGIME CALCULATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

ESMA has published an update of its action plan (within its updated Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR transparency topics) for the systematic internaliser (SI) regime calculations ahead of the next schedule publication on 1 February 2019. 

30 January

ESMA UPDATES THE CSDR Q&AS

ESMA has updated its Questions and Answers regarding the implementation of the Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR).

30 January

ESMA UPDATES Q&A ON BENCHMARK REGULATION

ESMA has issued an update of its Q&As on the European Benchmark Regulation (BMR).

30 January

ESMA APPOINTS NEW CHAIR OF THE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

The Board of Supervisors of the ESMA has appointed the following individual to serve as chair of its Investment Management Standing Committee (IMSC): Gabriela Figueiredo Dias, Chair of the Comissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários (CMVM) of Portugal.

23 January

ESMA AGREES POSITION LIMITS UNDER MIFID II

ESMA has  published six opinions on position limits regarding commodity derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation (MiFID II/MIFIR)

22 January

ESMA UPDATES COMMODITY DERIVATIVES TRANSITIONAL TRANSPARENCY CALCULATIONS FOR MIFID II/ MIFIR

ESMA has published an updated version of the MiFID II/MiFIR transitional transparency calculations (TTC).

17 January

ESMA PUBLISHES RESPONSES TO CALL FOR EVIDENCE ON PERIODIC AUCTIONS FOR EQUITY INSTRUMENTS

ESMA has published the responses received to its Call for evidence on periodic auctions for equity instruments.

16  January

ESMA REPORTS ON ACCEPTED MARKET PRACTICES UNDER MAR

ESMA has published today its annual report on the application of accepted market practices (AMP) in accordance with the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR). 

15  January

ESAS ANNOUNCE MULTILATERAL AGREEMENT ON THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION BETWEEN THE ECB AND AML/CFT COMPETENT AUTHORITIES

European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) approved on 10 January 2019 the content of the Multilateral Agreement on the practical modalities for exchange of information between the ECB and all competent authorities (CAs) responsible for supervising compliance of credit and financial institutions with anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) obligations under the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD4). 

10  January

ESMA REPORT FINDS INVESTMENT PRODUCT PERFORMANCE HIGHLY IMPACTED BY CHARGES

ESMA published its first Annual Statistical Report (Report) on the cost and performance of retail investment products

9  January

CRYPTO-ASSETS NEED COMMON EU-WIDE APPROACH TO ENSURE INVESTOR PROTECTION

ESMA published its Advice to the European Union (EU) Institutions – Commission, Council and Parliament – on initial coin offerings and crypto-assets. 
9 January

ESMA IS SEEKING CORPORATE REPORTING EXPERTS FOR STAKEHOLDER PANEL

ESMA has issued today a call for candidates in order to renew the composition of its Consultative Working Group (CWG) which advises ESMA’s Corporate Reporting Standing Committee (CRSC).

9 January

 MIFID II: ESMA ISSUES LATEST DOUBLE VOLUME CAP DATA

ESMA has updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).

8 January

ESMA PROVIDES STANDARDS ON SUPERVISORY COOPERATION UNDER THE SECURITISATION REGULATION

ESMA has issued its final Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) regarding cooperation between competent authorities (CAs) and the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) under Regulation (EU) 2017/2402 (the Securitisation Regulation).

7 January

ESAS PUBLISH JOINT REPORT ON REGULATORY SANDBOXES AND INNOVATION HUBS

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a joint report on innovation facilitators (regulatory sandboxes and innovation hubs).

4 January

ESMA UPDATES ITS Q&AS ON MIFID II AND MIFIR COMMODITY DERIVATIVES TOPICS

ESMA has updated its Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR commodity derivatives topics.

4 January

ESMA UPDATES ITS Q&AS ON MIFID II AND MIFIR TRANSPARENCY TOPICS

ESMA has updated its Q&As regarding transparency issues under the Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and Regulation (MiFIR).

21 December

NOTICE OF ESMA’S PRODUCT INTERVENTION RENEWAL DECISION IN RELATION TO BINARY OPTIONS 

ESMA adopted a Decision under Article 40 of Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 to renew the prohibition on the marketing, distribution or sale of binary options to retail clients.

21 December

ESMA AMENDS GUIDELINES ON THE APPLICATION OF C6 AND C7 UNDER MIFIDII

ESMA has published amended guidelines on the application of C6 and C7 of Annex 1 of MiFID II.

20 December

ESMA PROVIDES UPDATE ON ASSESSMENT OF THIRD-COUNTRY TRADING VENUES FOR THE PURPOSE OF POST-TRADE TRANSPARENCY AND POSITION LIMITS

ESMA has provided an update on its assessment of third-country trading venues (TCTVs) for the purpose of post-trade transparency and position limits under MiFID II/MIFIR.

20 December

ESMA ISSUES GUIDELINES ON NON-SIGNIFICANT BENCHMARKS

ESMA has published its final report on guidelines on non-significant benchmarks under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR).

20 December

ESMA WITHDRAWS THE REGISTRATIONS OF S&P ITALY AND S&P FRANCE FOLLOWING MERGER

ESMA has withdrawn the credit rating agency (CRA) registrations of S&P Global Ratings France and S&P Global Ratings Italy following the merger with S&P Global Ratings Europe, based in Ireland.

20 December

ESMA CONSULTS ON GUIDELINES ON SETTLEMENT FAILS REPORTING AND STANDARDISED PROCEDURES AND MESSAGING PROTOCOLS UNDER CSDR 

ESMA has published two consultation papers seeking stakeholders’ views on settlement fails reporting and standardised procedures and messaging protocols

19 December

ESMA TO RENEW RESTRICTIONS ON CFDS FOR A FURTHER THREE MONTHS FROM 1 FEBRUARY 2019
 

ESMA has agreed to renew the restriction on the marketing, distribution or sale of contracts for differences (CFDs) to retail clients, in effect since 1 August, from 1 February 2019 for a further three-month period.

19 December

ESMA IS READY TO REVIEW UK CCPS’ AND CSDS’ RECOGNITION APPLICATIONS FOR A NO-DEAL BREXIT SCENARIO

ESMA has published a Public Statement to clarify its plans for the recognition of Central Counterparties established in the United Kingdom (UK CCPs) as Third Country CCPs (TC-CCPs) under Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 (EMIR) for a no-deal Brexit scenario. 

19 December

ESMA TELLS FIRMS TO PROVIDE CLIENTS WITH INFORMATION ON THE IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT

ESMA issued a statement to remind firms, providing investment services, of their obligations to provide clients with information on the implications of the UK's withdrawal from the EU on their relationship with clients and on the impact of Brexit-related measures that a firm has taken or intends to take.

19 December

ESMA CONSULTS ON MEASURES TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY IN EU CAPITAL MARKETS

ESMA has launched three public consultations on sustainable finance initiatives to support the European Commission’s (EC) Sustainability Action Plan in the areas of securities trading, investment funds and credit rating agencies (CRAs).

18 December

ESMA UPDATES ITS Q&AS REGARDING THE BENCHMARK REGULATION

ESMA has updated its Questions and Answers on the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR).

18 December

ESMA UPDATES Q&A ON IMPLEMENTATION OF CRA REGULATION

ESMA has updated its Questions and Answers on the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation (CRAR).

18 December

ESAS PUBLISH JOINT EMIR STS STANDARDS

The European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published two joint draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) to amend the RTS on the clearing obligation and risk mitigation techniques for non-cleared OTC derivatives.  

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Speakers

  • Steven Maijoor speaks to Bloomberg about the first year of MiFIDII  ESMA Chair, Steven Maijoor spoke to Bloomberg TV about ESMA's work in 2018, the first year of MiFIDII and on clearing post-Brexit.  The full interview is available here  

  • Speaking appearances by ESMA staff this month: The full list of ESMA's planned speaking appearances for this month can be found here

Speaking appearances

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New and updated webpages 

  • Brexit webpage launched: All of ESMA's publications on Brexit can be found in one location with details of ESMA's role.  
  • Securitisation webpage updated. 

New ESEF Video Tutorial : coming soon

ESMA will publish its second video tutorial on the European Single Electronic Format (ESEF) this month. 

 

ESEF Tutorial
In this edition ESMA's Anna Sciortino will give issuers a broad overview of the process of preparation of an inline XBRL report prepared following the ESEF requirements.  Missed the first tutorial on key requirements of the ESEF? Catch up here.

Vacancy Notices 

Open vacancies & deadlines 

Traineeship notice – Transversal profile (F/M)  31/12/2019 
Traineeship notice – Legal profile (F/M)  31/12/2019 
Traineeship notice - Financial Markets Profile (F/M) 31/12/2019

All open vacancies can be found on ESMA's recruitment portal 

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