On June 2, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (Regulation 600/2014) (MiFIR) with regard to regulatory technical standards (RTS) on access in respect of benchmarks (C(2016) 3203 final).

MiFIR provides for the non-discriminatory access for central counterparties (CCPs) and trading venues to licences of, and information relating to, benchmarks that are used to determine the value of some financial instruments for trading and clearing purposes.

The Delegated Regulation lays down the list of information to be provided to a trading venue or CCP, the conditions under which access must be granted as well as specifications on non-discriminatory treatment. It also sets out the standards for determining how a benchmark can be considered to be new, and hence benefit from transitory arrangements.

Following adoption of the Delegated Regulation by the Commission, it will be considered by the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. If neither of them objects, the Delegated Regulation states that it will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU (OJ) and will apply from the date referred to in the fourth paragraph of Article 55 of MiFIR.