Central Bank Statement
The Central Bank issued a statement today in response to the European Securities and Markets Supervisory Authority (ESMA) statement on 31 January 2019 addressing EMIR Refit implementation (the "ESMA Statement"), see further below.
The Central Bank's statement welcomes the ESMA Statement (link to full statement here) on EMIR Refit implementation regarding the clearing and trading obligations for small financial counterparties and the backloading requirement with respect to the reporting obligation.
The Central Bank's statement confirms that, in accordance with the recommendation from ESMA and pending the entry into force of EMIR Refit, the Central Bank will apply its risk-based supervisory powers in the day-to-day enforcement of applicable legislation (i.e. EMIR's reporting obligation, clearing obligation and MiFIR's trading obligation) in a proportionate manner.
On 31 January 2019 ESMA published a statement addressing EMIR Refit implementation issues. The ESMA Statement addresses issues around the clearing and trading obligations for small financial counterparties and the backloading requirement for reporting entities, ahead of upcoming deadlines, which would represent challenges for such entities in the context of the ongoing EMIR Refit negotiations. The ESMA Statement acknowledges the challenges that certain small financial counterparties would face to prepare for the 21 June 2019 deadline to start CCP clearing and trading on trading...