Kommissionen vedtager nyt regelsæt vedrørende central clearing af visse derivater

EU-Kommissionen har vedtaget et nyt regelsæt, der kræver, at visse derivater (OTC'er) cleares gennem centrale modparter (CCP'er). Obligatorisk central clearing udgør en væsentlig del af reaktionen på den økonomiske krise og følger tilsagnene om at forbedre transparens og formindske risici, som verdens ledere gav på G-20 topmødet i Pittsburg i 2009.

Jonathan Hill, EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, said: "Today’s decision marks another step towards making good on our G20 commitments to bolster financial stability, reduce risks and boost market confidence."

Today's decision takes the form of a Delegated Regulation and implements part of the clearing obligations set out in the European Market Infrastructure Regulation ("EMIR").

The Delegated Regulation refers in particular to certain credit default swaps (CDS) that are denominated in Euro covering some European corporates. By requiring these types of credit default swaps to be cleared through CCPs, financial markets become more stable and less risky. This creates an environment that is more conducive to investment and economic growth in the EU.

This clearing obligation will enter into force subject to scrutiny by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. It will be phased in over three years to give extra time for smaller market participants to comply.

Read the press release from the European Commission.

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