On May 6, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority published its guidelines on the application of the definition of commodity derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (known as MiFID I). The guidelines aim to provide a common, uniform and consistent application of the definition of commodity derivatives. There is no commonly adopted definition of derivatives in the EU under MiFID I, which can result in the inconsistent application of EMIR when it refers to the MiFID commodity derivatives definition. The guidelines also aim to ensure continuity when MiFID II replaces MiFID I from January 3, 2017. The guidelines will apply from August 7, 2015.

The guidelines are available at: http://www.esma.europa.eu/system/files/2015-05-06_final_guidelines_c6_and_7.pdf.