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Commission Delegated Regulation amending PRIIPs Delegated Regulation to align transitional arrangements

On 8 November 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) a  Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1866 which amends Article 18 of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/653 supplementing the Regulation on key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs) by laying down regulatory technical standards with regard to … Continue Reading

Council of EU adopts EU consumer protection Directive

On 8 November 2019, the Council of the EU announced that it had adopted a Directive amending the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive (2005/29/EC), the Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EU), the Unfair Contract Terms Directive (93/13/EEC) and the Price Indication Directive (98/6/EC) (the Directive). The intention of the Directive is to guarantee higher standards of protection for … Continue Reading

Joint ESAs’ supervisory statement on application of PRIIPs Regulation to bonds

On 24 October 2019, the Joint Committee of European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a joint supervisory statement on the application of the Regulation on key information documents for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs) to bonds. The ESAs state that uncertainty over the application of the PRIIPs Regulation to bonds has led to negative … Continue Reading

EBA opinion on disclosure to consumers buying financial services through digital channels

On 23 October 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published an opinion on the disclosure to consumers of banking services through digital means under the Distance Marketing of Consumer Financial Services Directive (DMFSD). The EBA explains that the DMFSD was established to provide a legal framework governing the distance marketing of financial services. The implementation … Continue Reading

Council note comparing trilogue positions on crowdfunding legislation

On 16 October 2019, the Council of the EU (Council) published a note (dated 15 October 2019) from the General Secretariat of the Council to the Delegations attaching the following addenda: a three-column table setting out the opening positions of the European Commission (Commission), the Council and the European Parliament (Parliament) in respect of the … Continue Reading

Joint Committee of ESAs consult on amendments to PRIIPs Delegated Regulation

On 16 October 2019, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a consultation paper setting out proposed amendments to existing rules underpinning the key information document (KID) for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPS). The main aims of the review are to: address issues that have been identified by stakeholders and … Continue Reading

Pan-European Personal Product Regulation published in OJ

On 25 July 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) Regulation (EU) 2019/1238 on a pan-European personal pension product (PEPP). The Regulation will enter force on 14 August 2019. It will apply 12 months after publication in the OJ of the delegated acts referred to in Article 28(5) (Content … Continue Reading

Commission guidance notice on the Unfair Contract Terms Directive

On 22 July 2019, the European Commission adopted a guidance notice on the interpretation and application of the Unfair Contract Terms Directive (UCTD). The main purpose of the guidance notice is to present, in a structured way, the interpretation which the Court of Justice of the EU has provided on the key concepts and provisions … Continue Reading

ESAs publish recommendations on the supervision of retail financial services provided across borders

On 9 July 2019, the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a report on the cross-border supervision of retail financial services. The report provides an overview of the main rules that apply in the EU in respect of consumer protection, conduct of business, and the cooperation between Member State national competent authorities … Continue Reading

Commission adopts Delegated Regulation amending PRIIPs Delegated Regulation to align transitional arrangements

On 3 July 2019, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation which lays down a transitional arrangement under Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/653 that is consistent with the extended transitional arrangement in Regulation (EU) No 1286/2014. It allows manufacturers of packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs) that offer investment funds as the only underlying investment … Continue Reading

Product intervention measures taken by Sweden, France and the UK

On 2 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued three opinions on product intervention measures taken by the national competent authorities (NCAs) of Sweden, France and the UK. ESMA’s opinion finds that the proposed measures are justified and proportionate and that it is necessary for NCAs of other Member States to take … Continue Reading

ESMA ceases renewal of product intervention measure relating to binary options

On 1 July 2019, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced that it will not renew the temporary prohibition of the marketing, distribution or sale of binary options to retail clients in the EU. ESMA is not renewing its temporary prohibition on the basis that most Member State national competent authorities have now taken … Continue Reading

Amendment Decree Financial Markets 2019 submitted to Dutch Parliament and Dutch Senate

On 7 June 2019, the Dutch Minister sent the Amendment Decree Financial Markets 2019 (Wijzigingsbesluit financiële markten 2019, the Amendment Decree) to the Dutch Parliament (Tweede Kamer) and the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer). Among other things, the Amendment Decree will amend the Decree on Conduct of Business Supervision of Financial Undertakings (Besluit Gedragstoezicht financiële ondernemingen … Continue Reading

ESMA plans to overhaul PRIIPs KID rules

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has initiated work on a broad review of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/653 on key information documents (KID) for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products (PRIIPs). In a speech delivered by Evert van Walsum, Head of Investors and Issuers Department at ESMA, on 13 May 2019, it was announced … Continue Reading

AFM takes national measures to prohibit binary options and to restrict the marketing or sales of CFDs

Further to our earlier blog post, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, the AFM) has taken national measures mirroring ESMA’s product intervention measures. These measures – included in two separate Decrees, one dealing with binary options and the other with contracts for differences (CFDs) – were published in the Dutch Government … Continue Reading

European Commission consults on Distance Marketing Directive

On 9 April 2019, the European Commission published a new webpage detailing a consultation on the Distance Marketing Directive (the Directive). The Commission notes that since 2002, when the Directive came into force, the retail financial sector has gone increasingly digital, with new products and actors available on the market and new sales channels being … Continue Reading

ESAs publish Q&A on the KID for PRIIPs

On 4 April 2019, the European Supervisory Authorities published additional Q&As on the key information document (KID) requirements for packaged retail and insurance-based investment products. Answers to the following questions have been added: What aspects should be considered by the manufacturer when determining the recommended holding period of a PRIIP? Which form and name should … Continue Reading

Commission Implementing Regulation on ITS with regard to the details and structure of the information to be notified in payment services

On 15 March 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ), Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/410 of 29 November 2018 laying down implementing technical standards with regard to the details and structure of the information to be notified, in the field of payment services, by competent authorities to the EBA pursuant … Continue Reading

ESAs propose draft RTS to clarify application date of KID to investment funds

On 8 March 2019, the Joint Committee of European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a letter to the European Commission regarding amending the PRIIPs Regulation to  clarify the application of the key information document (KID) to multi-option products. The text of the draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) amending PRIIPs are annexed to the letter. In their … Continue Reading

Council of EU adopts Regulation amending Regulation on cross-border payments

On 4 March 2019, the Council of the EU announced that it had adopted a Regulation on aligning the costs of cross-border payments in euros between euro and non-euro countries and increasing the transparency of charges related to currency conversion services across the EU. The reform will align the charges for cross-border payments in euros … Continue Reading

Council of EU invites approval of final compromise text of proposed pension product Regulation

On 8 February 2019, the Council of the EU published an ‘I’ Item note on the proposed Regulation on a pan-European personal pension product. Following negotiations between the Austrian Presidency, the European Parliament and the European Commission, a provisional agreement between the institutions was achieved on 13 December 2018 – a final compromise text is … Continue Reading

ESAs publish recommendations on changes to the PRIIPs KID

On 8 February  2019, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs)  issued final recommendations following their consultation on targeted amendments to the Delegated Regulation covering the rules for the key information document (KID) for packaged retail and insurance based investment products (PRIIPs). The ESAs have decided not to propose targeted amendments at this stage. Instead they will … Continue Reading

New EBA working group on APIs under PSD2

On 7 February 2019, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a webpage concerning a new working group on application programming interfaces (APIs) under the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2). The webpage notes that the working group will be chaired by the EBA and composed of representatives from a variety of external stakeholders, with which the … Continue Reading

Further ESMA restriction on CFDs published in OJ

On 31 January 2019, there was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ) the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) decision of 23 January 2019 renewing the temporary restriction on the marketing, distribution or sale of contracts for differences (CFDs) to retail clients. This decision extends for three months, from 1 February 2019, … Continue Reading
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