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.

ESMA Statement

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 venues some of their OTC derivative contracts, as well as challenges that reporting counterparties would face regarding the backloading requirement by 12 February 2019. The requirements for reporting entities to report derivatives that were outstanding on or after 16 August 2012 and terminated before the EMIR reporting start date, 12 February 2014 is the process commonly referred to as "backloading". ESMA had previously recommended that the backloading requirement should be waived due to its concern about the particularly high number of reconciliation failures concerning the derivatives subject to backloading and therefore the limited usefulness of such data. The Refit negotiations have not been finalised (therefore create timing gaps for affected entities) but include proposals to remove the backloading requirement from Article 9 of EMIR and to create a small financial counterparties category (whose derivative positions are below certain clearing thresholds) and to exempt the new category of counterparties from the clearing obligation.

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