On May 11, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority launched a consultation on proposed regulatory technical standards on the clearing obligation for additional classes of OTC interest rate derivatives not already included in the first RTS on the clearing obligation for interest rate swaps. The additional classes of OTC interest rate derivatives are those denominated in certain non-G4 European currencies. The additions are: (i) fixed-to-float interest rate swaps denominated in Czech Koruna, Danish Krone, Hungarian Forint, Norwegian Krone, Swedish Krona and Polish Zloty; and (ii) forward rate agreements denominated in Norwegian Krone, Swedish Krona and Polish Zloty. The consultation also includes a summary of the clearing obligation procedure, the structure of the classes of OTC interest rate derivatives and the determination of the classes subject to mandatory clearing. Comments on the proposed RTS should be provided to ESMA by July 15, 2015.

The consultation paper is available at: http://www.esma.europa.eu/content/Consultation-Paper-No-4-Clearing-Obligation-underEMIR