EU policy, regulatory and legislative updates

On 16 November 2023, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional political agreement on the review of the Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT). We discussed the scope of the review in our earlier blog. In accordance with an official statement, the co-legislators

On 16 November 2023, the European Central Bank (ECB) published the welcome remarks by Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB and Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), at the seventh annual conference of the ESRB. The remarks are entitled The ESRB’s first general warning one year on.


On 16 November 2023, the European Commission published a consultation on a draft delegated act under Regulation (EU) 2022/2554 on digital operational resilience for the financial sector (DORA). The draft delegated act concerns the amount of the oversight fees to be charged to critical ICT third-party service providers (CTPPs) and the

On 24 October 2023, the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee held a debate on the draft report on the Retail Investment package. The draft report was published by rapporteur Stephanie Yon-Courtin (Renew, FR)on 5 October 2023 and contains her proposed amendments to the European Commission’s (Commission)

On 13 June 2023, the European Commission (Commission) published a proposal for a Regulation on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings. The legislative proposal lays out a regulatory framework for the provision of ESG ratings in the EU. The main aim of the proposal is to improve the transparency of ESG

On 20 October 2023, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published for consultation two draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) that it is mandated to develop under the Regulation on markets in crypto-assets (MiCA):

  • Draft RTS on the procedure for the approval
  • On 17 October 2023, the European Commission (Commission)published its Work Programme for 2024. The Work Programme, titled ‘Delivering today and preparing for tomorrow’, will be the last Work Programme to be issued by the current Von Der Leyen Commission. The 2024 Work Programme is therefore relatively short compared to previous years. According to

    On 17 October 2023, the European Commission (Commission) published a proposal for a review of the European Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). The proposal is part of the Commission’s broader package of measures that seeks to rationalise reporting requirements for companies across various pieces of European financial services legislation. The Commission acknowledged

    On 11 October 2023, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published two articles on decentralised finance (DeFi), one on developments and risks in the EU market and another on a methodology for the categorisation of smart contracts. In these articles, ESMA highlighted risks to consumers, new forms of market

    On 5 October 2023, European Parliament rapporteur Stéphanie Yon-Courtin (Renew, FR) published her two draft reports concerning the Retail Investment Strategy (RIS) package. The first draft report  contains the rapporteur’s proposed amendments to the European Commission’s proposal, which contained proposed amendments to the following pieces of EU legislation:

    • The Markets in Financial