On March 29, 2015, the European Central Bank and the UK’s BoE published a joint press release announcing that they had agreed to enhanced information exchange and cooperation arrangements for UK CCPs with significant euro-denominated business. Further, both central banks are extending the scope of their standing swap line order to aid the provision of multi-currency liquidity support by both central banks to CCPs established in the UK and the euro area. As a result of the measures, the UK Government announced that it would withdraw the two as yet undecided cases brought by the UK Government against the ECB’s CCP location policy. The announcements follow the General Court judgment on March 4, 2015, which annulled the ECB’s Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework which had the effect of requiring CCPs with significant euro-denominated business to be located within the eurozone. The ECB has not yet made any announcement about the documents which are the subject of the two cases to be withdrawn (Decision of 11 December 2012 on the terms and conditions of TARGET2 and the ECB’s Statement of Standards published on 18 November 2011 in so far as it sets out a location policy for CCPs).

The ECB / BoE press release is available at: http://www.ecb.europa.eu/press/pr/date/2015/html/pr150329.en.html and the UK Government’s announcement is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-withdrawremaining-legal-challenges-to-ecb-location-policy.