On June 5, 2015, the European Commission announced an extension of the exemption from the clearing obligation for pension funds from August 16, 2015 to August 16, 2017. The announcement was accompanied by a draft Commission Regulation which will, once it has come into effect, amend EMIR to give effect to the extension. The Commission noted 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 draft Commission Regulation is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/3/2015/EN/3-2015-3680- EN-F1-1.PDF.