On December 16, 2015, the European Commission published a report on the appropriateness of an extension of the exemption from the Market Abuse Regulation to certain public bodies and central banks of third countries. MAR exempts Member States, members of the European System of Central Banks, ministries and other agencies and special purpose vehicles of one or more Member States or persons acting on their behalf from the application of MAR to transactions, orders or behaviour that are undertaken in pursuit of monetary, exchange rate or public debt management policies. The Commission may extend that exemption to certain public bodies and central banks of third countries after assessing and reporting to the European Parliament and European Council on the appropriateness of such an extension. The Commission intends to extend the exemption under MAR to central banks and debt management offices of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong SAR, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States and to the central bank of China.

The report is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/1/2015/EN/1-2015-647-EN-F1-1.PDF.