On March 23, 2016, the European Council announced that it had agreed to extend an exemption for commodity dealers under the Capital Requirements Regulation, until December 31, 2020. The CRR currently exempts commodity dealers from large exposures requirements and own fund requirements until December 31, 2017. That date was set on the basis that the Commission would have conducted a review of the prudential regime applicable to commodity dealers and to investment firms by the end of 2015 and, if appropriate, proposed a legislative regime adapted for the risk profile of commodity dealers and investment firms. The Commissions’ review is still in progress. The European Commission published its proposed legislative amendments to the CRR in December 2015 on the basis that the extension will avoid the need for relevant firms to temporarily comply with the full CRR requirements in 2018 before being subsequently moved to a tailored regime within two to three years.

The announcement is available at: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/2016/3/40802210359_en_635943310200000000.pdf.