Press Release: ESMA requires net short position holders to report positions of 0.1% and above

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued a decision temporarily requiring the holders of net short positions in shares traded on a European Union (EU) regulated market to notify the relevant national competent authority (NCA) if the position reaches or exceeds 0.1% of the issued share capital after the entry into force of the decision.

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation of Directive 2014/57/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on criminal sanctions for market abuse (market abuse directive)

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Stakeholder Reactions to the new Industrial Strategy

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Press Release: Making Europe’s businesses future-ready: A new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe

Includes the Communications ” A New Industrial Strategy for Europe”, “The SME strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe”, “Identifying and addressing barriers to the Single Market”, “Long-term action plan for better implementation and enforcement of single market rules” and a document with Questions & Answers on the European Industrial Strategy Package.

Today, the Commission presents a new Strategy to help Europe’s industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe’s competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical plates and increasing global competition. The package of initiatives outlines a new approach to European industrial policy that is firmly rooted in European values and social market traditions. It sets out a range of actions to support all players of European industry, including big and small companies, innovative start-ups, research centres, service providers, suppliers and social partners. A dedicated Strategy for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) aims to reduce red tape and help Europe’s numerous SMEs to do business across the single market and beyond, access financing and help lead the way on the digital and green transitions. Today’s initiatives also include concrete steps to address barriers to a well-functioning single market, Europe’s strongest asset to allow all our businesses to grow and compete in Europe and beyond.

Technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) – Usability guide for the EU green bond standard

The TEG published its interim report on an EU Green Bond Standard (EU GBS) in March 2019 for public feedback. After evaluation of the feedback, the TEG published its final report in June 2019 with recommendations to the EC on principles as well as a draft model of an EU GBS (TEG EU GBS report). The TEG proposes that any type of listed or unlisted bond or capital market debt instrument issued by a European or international issuer that is aligned with the EU GBS should qualify as an EU Green Bond.

Technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) – Final Report on Taxonomy

After taking into consideration a second round of feedback, which took place in summer 2019, the TEG published the final version of its report on 9 March 2020. The final report on EU taxonomy contains recommendations relating to the overarching design of the Taxonomy, as well as guidance on how companies and financial institutions can make disclosures using the taxonomy. The report is supplemented by a technical annex containing an updated list of technical screening criteria for economic activities that can substantially contribute to climate change mitigation or adaptation, including an assessment of significant harm to other environmental objectives.

UPDATED – Commission Staff Working Document on the Movement of Capital and the Freedom of Payments

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OPP Meeting Summary: Competitiveness Council – European Green Deal – a transition to a climate neutral and circular EU industry (27 February 2020)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Justice and Home Affairs Council (2 – 3 December 2019)

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Roadmap: Review of the regulatory framework for investment firms and market operators

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Press Release: ESMA launches a Common Supervisory Action with NCAs on MiFID II suitability rules

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, is launching a common supervisory action (CSA) with  national competent authorities (NCAs) on the application of MiFID II suitability rules across the European Union (EU). The CSA will be conducted during  2020.

Press Release: ESMA launches a Common Supervisory Action with NCAs on UCITS liquidity risk managemen

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator,  is launching a Common Supervisory Action (CSA) with national competent authorities (NCAs) on the supervision of UCITS’ managers liquidity risk management across the European Union (EU).  The CSA will be conducted during 2020

OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Report on ongoing interinstitutional negotiations (22 January 2020)

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OPP Meeting Summary: Economic and Financial Affairs Council – Presentation of the Presidency work programme (21 January 2020)

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Press Release: ESMA announces key priorities for 2020-22

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, has published its Strategic Orientation for 2020-22. The Strategic Orientation sets out ESMA’s future focus and objectives and reflects its expanded responsibilities and powers following the ESAs Review, and EMIR 2.2, which increases its focus on supervisory convergence, strengthens its role in building the Capital Markets Union (CMU) and gives it with more direct supervision responsibilities.

Press Release: Capital Markets Union and Fintech: Commission welcomes political agreement to boost crowdfunding in the EU

The European Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement reached yesterday evening between the European Parliament and the Council on its proposal to boost Crowdfunding in the EU. The proposal, a key building block of the Capital Markets Union, aims to harness the opportunities presented by emerging technology-enabled innovations in the financial sector, known as FinTech. With this agreement, 12 out of 13 Capital Markets Union legislative proposals have been adopted or agreed at EU level.

Press Release: Capital markets union: Presidency and Parliament reach preliminary agreement on rules for crowdfunding platforms

The EU will soon have in place new rules to improve the way crowdfunding platforms operate. The initiative is part of the capital markets union which aims at providing an easier access to new financing sources.

Finland’s presidency of the Council and the European Parliament reached a political agreement on a new framework which makes it easier for crowdfunding platforms to provide their services across the EU. Following finalisation of technical work, the deal will be submitted for endorsement by EU ambassadors.

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