May 18, 2018

EIOPA issued an opinion on the solvency position of insurers in light of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU (or Brexit). The aim of the opinion is to call on national supervisory authorities to ensure that insurers properly address all risks to their solvency position in light of Brexit.

National supervisory authorities should ensure that the insurance and reinsurance undertakings under their supervision identify, measure, monitor, manage and report the risks arising from the UK becoming a third country and include them in their own risk and solvency assessment. Furthermore, national supervisory authorities should assess the risks affecting their national markets and, where necessary, take preventive supervisory actions. The opinion sets out 14 areas in which the determination of the solvency position of insurers will change. The areas include the risk-mitigating impact of derivatives, the recognition of ratings from UK rating agencies, and the regulatory treatment of credit risk exposures situated in the UK.  Not all of the changes may affect each insurance company.

Brexit might have an impact on the solvency position of insurers. Technical provisions, own funds, and capital requirements of insurance and reinsurance undertakings in member states other than the UK can change when the UK becomes a third country due to changed regulatory requirements. Solvency II and other financial regulation distinguish between activities in and outside of the EU.

 

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Keywords: Europe, EU, UK, Insurance, Solvency II, Brexit, Opinion, EIOPA