On 29 May 2013, EIOPA published the transcript of an interview given by its Chairman to Michael Faulkner of Insurance Risk. The interview related to EIOPA's recently issued draft Guidelines on Solvency II. It confirms that EIOPA (a) recognises that it will be easier for some countries to implement the Guidelines and (b) does not expect all national authorities to comply with the Guidelines by 1 January 2014. Instead, EIOPA expects national authorities to begin implementation by that date. Other key points addressed include that the Guidelines will operate on a "comply or explain" basis and that penalties for non-compliance will only occur in "extreme situations". Notably, it is emphasised that the focus of EIOPA is not on enforcement but on improving the quality of preparedness for Solvency II.