On August 13, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority published four reports which make recommendations for improving the framework of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. The reports provide ESMA’s input into the European Commission’s review of EMIR. ESMA makes the following recommendations, amongst others: (i) streamlining the process for determining clearing obligations; (ii) introduction of a mechanism to temporarily suspend the clearing obligation; (iii) removal of the frontloading requirement; (iv) reconfiguration of the exemptions for intragroup transactions; (v) replacement of the current system for equivalence determinations for third country CCPs with a system based on Regulatory Technical Standards which includes powers to deny or suspend the recognition of a third country CCP; (vi) clarification of when new activities and services are not covered by a CCP’s initial authorization; (vii) granting ESMA increased supervisory and enforcement powers over trade repositories; (viii) the identification of quasi-financial entities, for example, hedge funds or some alternative investment funds, to prevent confusion with other non-financial counterparties, such as corporates; (ix) further details on the rules for implementing the counter-cyclical tools adopted by CCPs for margins and collateral; and (x) clarification of the provisions on segregation and portability by RTS.

ESMA’s reports are available at: http://www.esma.europa.eu/news/ESMA-recommends-changes-EMIRframework?t=326&o=home.