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    ESMA Updates Q&A on European Benchmarks Regulation in December 2019

    December 11, 2019

    ESMA updated the question and answers (Q&A) document on the European Benchmarks Regulation. Following the publication of Regulation (EU) 2019/2089 on the EU Climate Transition Benchmarks, EU Paris-aligned Benchmarks, and sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks, the modified Q&A provide clarification on the transitional provisions applicable to third-country benchmarks.

    The Benchmarks Regulation (EU Regulation No 2016/1011) covers indices used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts or to measure the performance of investment funds. The purpose of this Q&A document is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of the Benchmarks Regulation. It provides responses to questions posed by the public, market participants, and competent authorities in relation to the practical application of the Benchmarks Regulation. The content of this document is aimed at competent authorities under the Regulation to ensure that in their supervisory activities their actions are converging along the lines of the responses adopted by ESMA. It also provides guidance to market participants by providing clarity on the Benchmarks Regulation requirements.

     

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