On August 31, 2016, a Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing the Transparency Directive outlining RTS on access to regulated information was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The RTS require ESMA to facilitate the creation of the European Electronic Access Point, a web portal which provides a single point of access at EU level to information about issuers (including annual reports and major shareholding notifications) stored by officially appointed mechanisms in each member state.
The web portal is to be accessed through ESMA’s website. The security and integrity of metadata on regulated information exchanged between official appointed mechanisms and the EEAP is to be achieved through the use of Hypertext Transfer Protocol. To assist users in finding information on the EEAP, the RTS require particular search functions to be available, such as the name of issuers who provided the regulated information. The RTS also lay down requirements on OAMS, such as the requisite technologies, support and maintenance to be provided. The RTS enters into force on September 20, 2016, with articles on unique identifiers used by OAMs and requirements for common lists and classification of regulated information applying from January 1, 2017.
The RTS on access to regulated information is available at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legalcontent/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32016R1437&from=EN.