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European Commission proposes gas market correction mechanism

On Tuesday, 22 November 2022, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted a proposal for a Council Regulation establishing a market correction mechanism to protect citizens and the economy against excessively high prices. The proposal sets out the details for a temporary market correction mechanism to cap the price of front-month Title Transfer Facility (TTF) derivatives … Continue Reading

EBA publishes 2023 European Resolution Examination Programme for resolution authorities

On 27 October 2022, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published the 2023 European Resolution Examination Programme (EREP) for resolution authorities. The EREP is an EBA programme aimed at fostering convergence of resolution practices in the EU, with the first EREP having been launched in November 2021. The EREP focusses the attention of resolution authorities on … Continue Reading

EBA publishes 2023 European Supervisory Examination Programme for Prudential Supervisors

On 27 October 2022, the European Banking Authority(EBA) published the 2023 European Supervisory Examination Programme (ESEP) for Prudential Supervisors. The ESEP is part of an annual cycle and contributes to enhancing supervisory convergence in the EU by providing common directions and focus areas for supervisors, which helps them shape their prudential supervisory priorities and respective … Continue Reading

Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/1299 supplementing Directive 2014/65/EU with regard to regulatory technical standards specifying the content of position management controls by trading venues

On 27 October 2022, there was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/1299 of 24 March 2022 supplementing Directive 2014/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards specifying the content of position management controls by trading venues.… Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes its feedback statement on its discussion paper on blockchain and smart contracts in insurance

The European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA) has published its feedback statement on its 2021 discussion paper on blockchain and smart contracts in insurance. EIOPA received a number of responses to its earlier paper and has summarised these in the  statement. Stakeholders were able to identify a number of use cases for blockchain. The … Continue Reading

European Parliament LIBE and ECON Committees adopt draft report on Regulation on information accompanying transfers of funds and certain crypto-assets

On 31 March 2022, the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee and the Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) adopted a draft report on the European Commission proposal for a Regulation on information accompanying transfers of funds and certain crypto-assets. Revision of the Regulation on Transfers of Funds The proposed Regulation will amend Regulation … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes advice to the European Commission on aspects of retail investor protection

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published a consultation on its advice to the European Commission in respect of certain aspects relating to retail investor protection. The Commission ran a public consultation in 2021 on retail investor protection and fair treatment of customers. As part of this ongoing initiative the Commission sent … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes consumer trends report 2021

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published its annual consumer trends report. The latest report identifies risks for consumers arising from market trends which may require supervisory action from EIOPA or from Member States. In summary the trends report has identified the following risks: The life sector has reversed growth trends. The … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes first review of the IDD

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published a report on the application of the Insurance Distribution Directive ((EU) 2016/97) throughout the European market. The executive summary of the report notes that there has been insufficient time to assess the effectiveness of the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) as a combination of late implementation … Continue Reading

EIOPA publishes a report on the use of capital add-ons by national competent authorities under Solvency II during 2020

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published its annual report on the use of capital add-ons by national competent authorities under Solvency II. Capital add-ons are used by authorities to ensure that capital reflects the risk profile of an insurance undertaking or group. Add-ons are set following supervisory review by the relevant … Continue Reading

ESG matters in the financial sector: the Italian perspective

A recent webinar hosted by Consob (the Italian authority for the supervision of financial markets) in the context of the 2021 IOSCO World Investor Week offers the opportunity to briefly recall the initiatives undertaken by the Italian authority in respect of ESG matters. As a starting point, in its annual review published in March 2021, … Continue Reading

Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1833 of 14 July 2021 supplementing Directive 2014/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council by specifying the criteria for establishing when an activity is to be considered to be ancillary to the main business at group level

On 20 October 2021, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ) Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/1833 of 14 July 2021 supplementing MiFID II by specifying the criteria for establishing when an activity is to be considered to be ancillary to the main business at group level. The Delegated Regulation enters into … Continue Reading

European Commission adopts review of Solvency II

On 22 September 2021, the European Commission adopted a review of the Solvency II regime. The Solvency II regime includes the Solvency II framework directive (Directive 2009/138/EC) and delegated regulations. The review includes a legislative proposal to amend the framework directive as well as a legislative proposal for a new EU Insurance Recovery and Resolution … Continue Reading

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
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