The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON“) has published two draft reports on the proposed directive postponing application of the MiFID II Directive, the proposed regulation amending the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (“MiFIR“), the Market Abuse Regulation (“MAR“) and the Regulation on improving securities settlement and regulating central securities depositories (“CSDR“) as regards certain dates.

Both reports contain an explanatory statement, which expresses disappointment that, due to the failure of ESMA and the Commission to deliver regulatory technical standards and delegated acts by the deadline set out in the legislation, and to launch the necessary procurement procedures in time, MiFID II will not be applicable as initially scheduled on January 3, 2017. The rapporteur acknowledged that the delay of the application by a year to January 2018 was sensible and justified, given the scale of the tasks yet to be completed before implementation.

The reports can be found here and here.