On September 15, 2015, a Commission Delegated Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union which extends the transitional exemption period under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation for pension funds to comply with the EU clearing obligation by two years. The European Commission announced on June 5, 2015, that the period would be extended from August 16, 2015 to August 16, 2017, noting that if pension funds were subject to the clearing obligation now, they would need to source cash for the margin requirements of CCPs. The Commission, and other EU regulators, have asked CCPs to develop a solution that would allow pension funds to clear derivatives without the obligation being too burdensome for pension funds but which will also allow CCPs to liquidate positions rapidly in the event of a default. To date, no solution has been confirmed.
The Commission Delegated Regulation is available at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2015.239.01.0063.01.ENG.