On June 2, 2016, the European Commission adopted a Delegated Regulation on Regulatory Technical Standards on the authorization and organizational requirements for, and publication of transactions by, Data Reporting Services Providers. The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive will introduce requirements for DRSPs to be authorized and supervised for their data reporting services, including the operation of Approved Publication Arrangements, Consolidated Tapes and Approved Reporting Mechanisms. The adopted RTS set out the requirements for authorization and ongoing supervision of DRSPs, including the provision of information to be provided to a national regulator when a DRSP is applying for authorization under MiFID II and the organizational requirements covering, amongst others, conflicts of interest, outsourcing, business continuity, IT security and connectivity. The adopted RTS also provide for  the publication arrangements that a DRSP must have in place relating to machine readability, scope of data to be provided, non-discrimination and non-duplication.

The adopted RTS are subject to consideration by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. Once final, the adopted RTS will apply directly across the EU from the date that MiFID II applies.

The discussion paper is available at:

https://www.esma.europa.eu/press-news/esma-news/esma-assesses-usefulness-distributed-ledger-technologies