On February 16, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority published its annual report on its supervision of credit rating agencies and trade repositories. In the report, ESMA sets out its work plan for credit rating agencies in 2015 which will focus on credit rating agency’s governance, risk management and internal decision making processes and their business development processes. ESMA aims to gain a better understanding of how these processes influence the process of issuing credit ratings. ESMA also intends to continue with the thematic and individual investigations that it is already conducting such as the review and validation of rating methodologies and IT internal controls and information security.

ESMA’s report is available at:

http://www.esma.europa.eu/news/Press-Release-ESMA-publishes-annual-report-and-supervisory-focus-CRAs-andTRs?t=326&o=home