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EBA publishes peer review on the prudential assessment of qualifying holdings

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published its peer review on the prudential assessment of qualifying holdings today. The EBA’s ad hoc Peer Review Committee’s conclusions included in this Report are based on competent authorities’ self-assessment of how they applied selected areas of the Joint ESAs Guidelines on the prudential assessment of the acquisition of qualifying … Continue Reading

European Commission publishes implementing regulation for the calculation of technical provisions and basic own funds under Solvency II

The European Commission has published Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1354, which lays down technical information for the calculation of technical provisions and basic own funds for reporting under the Solvency II Directive (2009/138/EC). The Implementing Regulation sets out technical information for reporting reference dates from 30 June 2021 until 20 September 2021. The Implementing Regulation was, … Continue Reading

Sustainability amendments to Solvency II and the IDD published in the Official Journal of the EU

Various amendments to the Solvency II Delegated Regulation ((EU) 2015/35) and to the Insurance Distribution Directive Delegated Regulations ((EU) 2017/2358 and (EU) 2017/2359) have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union so that sustainability requirements can be introduced into the Solvency II and the insurance distribution regimes in the European Union. The … Continue Reading

Recommendations from the Working Group on Euro Risk-Free Rates on the switch to risk free rates in the interdealer market

On 26 July 2021, the Working Group on Euro Risk-Free Rates issued a statement regarding a recommendation for interdealer brokers to switch from EONIA to €STR at a common date. The statement also covers the Working Group’s support for the initiative coordinated between international risk free rate working groups on a common start date to … Continue Reading

Commission publishes consultation on the functioning of the EU securitisation framework

On 23 July 2021, the European Commission published a consultation looking into the functioning of the EU securitisation framework. The intention to consult was stated in the Commission’s action plan on the Capital Markets Union published in September 2020. This in turn stems from Article 46 of the EU Securitisation Regulation, which requires the Commission … Continue Reading

Commission confirms delay to the application of the SFDR RTS

On 23 July 2021, the European Commission published a letter (dated 8 July 2021) to the European Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) and the Council of the EU, confirming that the RTS application date, under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation ((EU) 2019/2088) (SFDR), has been delayed until 1 July 2022. This letter is the … Continue Reading

ECON discusses amendments on MiCA, DORA and DLTR

On 16 June 2021, the European Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) held a meeting in which it discussed the main legislative proposals under the European Commission (Commission) Digital Finance Strategy. During the discussion, ECON members considered the draft reports on the following legislative proposals: Proposal for a Regulation on Markets in Crypto-Assets … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes a report on AI governance principles for the European insurance sector

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published a report called ‘Artificial intelligence governance principles: towards ethical and trustworthy artificial intelligence in the European insurance sector’. The report has been written in the context of the proliferation in the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in insurance and the use of Big Data in … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes consultation on IBOR transition

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has launched a consultation on the Interbank Offered Rates (IBOR) transitions. Across markets, IBOR is being replaced by risk-free rates. The consultation considers adjustments to EIOPA’s risk-free rate (RFR) methodology and production, in light of If the EU Benchmark Regulation (which came into force in 2018) which … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes opinion on the supervision of the use of climate change risk scenarios in the ORSA

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published an opinion on the use of climate change risk scenarios in insurance undertakings’ Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA). The opinion has been written to help supervisory authorities understand EIOPA’s expectations in terms of climate risk scenarios included in the ORSA. Solvency II requires that … Continue Reading

Member States discuss proportionality in DORA

On 12 April 2021 the Portuguese Presidency of the Council held a meeting to continue Member States’ discussions on the proposed regulation on digital operational resilience for the financial sector (DORA). The agenda for the meeting included discussion on proportionality in DORA as well as scope and timeline of specific regulatory technical standards (RTS) and … Continue Reading

EIOPA consults on a framework to address value for money risk in the European unit-linked market

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has launched a consultation on value for money risk in the European unit-linked insurance market. EIOPA has previously expressed concern that while unit-linked products can offer important benefits for policyholders, costs for some products remain too high. The low interest rate environment, in addition to market shocks … Continue Reading

European Parliament ECON Committee discusses draft reports on MiCA, DORA and DLT pilot regime

On 14 April 2021, the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) held a committee meeting in which it discussed the main legislative proposals under the European Commission’s (Commission) Digital Finance Strategy. During the discussion, the committee members considered the draft reports on the following legislative proposals: Proposal for a Regulation on Markets … Continue Reading

EIOPA launches IDD single rulebook online

On 8 April 2021, the European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA) published a single  rulebook online containing requirements under the Insurance Distribution Directive ((EU) 2016/97). The single rulebook covers the Insurance Distribution Directive, the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2358) (on product governance and oversight), Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1935 (requirements relating to insurance-based investment products) and … Continue Reading

Council Presidency seeks relaunch of the EU FTT debate

The Portuguese Presidency of the Council (“the Presidency”) will host on 24 February 2021 a meeting of the Working Party on Tax Questions, the main agenda item of which includes a discussion on the current state of play and on the way forward in respect of the Proposal for a Council Directive implementing enhanced cooperation … Continue Reading

European Commission publishes summary report on its Solvency II 2020 review consultation

The European Commission has published a summary report on its consultation on the review of the Solvency II Directive (2009/138/EC). The summary report sets out the feedback received during the consultation which was run between July and October 2020. The Commission does not include the Commission’s responses to feedback. The Commission will consider the feedback … Continue Reading

EIOPA launches a public consultation on ‘open insurance’

On 28 January 2021, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) launched a consultation on what is known as ‘open insurance’, namely the access to, and sharing of, insurance-related data. EIOPA has also published a discussion paper in which it considers whether and the extent to which insurance value chains can be opened up … Continue Reading

Council organises first working group on DORA proposal in 2021

On Thursday, 21 January, the Portuguese presidency of the Council holds its first working group on the review of the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on digital operational resilience for the financial sector (DORA). The Council is still in its initial phase of examining the proposal. The Council Presidency Is taking an issue-by-issue approach, … Continue Reading

Council confirms MiFID “quick fix” amendments

On 16 December 2020 the Council of EU Ministers (the Council) agreed package of amendments to European financial services legislation – Capital Markets Recovery Package – including targeted amendments to MiFID II (so called MiFID “quick fix”). The key changes to the MiFID II regime include: Investor protection and research: agreed amendments include simplification of … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes a discussion paper on non-life underwriting and pricing in light of climate change

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published a discussion paper on non-life underwriting and pricing in light of climate change. The discussion paper is a follow-up to the EIOPA opinion on sustainability within Solvency II (published in September 2019) in which EIOPA noted that it was common for non-life business not to … Continue Reading

European legislators start MiFID “quick fix” trilogue negotiations

On 3 and 4 December 2020, the European Parliament (Parliament), the Council and the European Commission (Commission) held the first round of the trilogue negotiations on the July 2020 Capital Markets Recovery Package proposal for targeted amendments to MiFID II (the so called MiFID “quick fix” proposal, overview of which is included in our blog … Continue Reading

First steps taken towards a mandatory human rights due diligence law

On 26 October 2020, the European Commission (the Commission) launched a public consultation[1] on sustainable corporate governance (the Consultation), soliciting responses from stakeholders on a possible EU sustainable corporate governance initiative with the aim of ensuring “that environmental and social interests are embedded in business strategies”. The Consultation will, according to the Commission, complement the … Continue Reading

ESMA issues statement on Brexit impact on MiFID II/MiFIR

On 27 October 2020, the European Securities and Markets Agency (ESMA) issued a public statement on the impact of Brexit on the continued application of MiFID II and MiFIR. The statement provided clarifications in respect of three aspects of MiFID II, namely: The ESMA opinions on third-country trading venues for the purpose of post trade … Continue Reading

European Commission Work Programme 2021: focus on financial services

On 19 October 2020 the European Commission published its Work Programme for 2021. The Work Programme, titled ‘A Union of vitality in a world of fragility’, is the second one published by the Von der Leyen Commission. The Work Programme provides an overview of the legislative priorities of the Commission for the upcoming year, as … Continue Reading
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