On August 5, 2015, ESMA published its technical advice to the European Commission under the Regulation on improving securities settlement in the European Union and on central securities depositories, known as CSDR. The technical advice will be considered by the Commission in its preparation of delegated acts which it is required to pass under the CSDR. The technical advice is on penalties for settlement fails and on the substantial importance of a Central Securities Depository. Under CSDR, there is an obligation to settle instructions on the intended settlement date and a daily cash penalty applies for any failed settlement. ESMA’s technical advice is on the parameters for calculating the basic amount of the cash penalty, including the circumstances which may justify an increase or a reduction in the basic penalty amount. An EU passport is provided for under the CSDR which allows an EU-registered CSD to provide its services in any EU member state. Cooperation arrangements are required to be established between the home and host member states for the supervision of the CSD, in particular where the activities of the CSD are of “substantial importance for the functioning of the securities markets and the protection of investors” in the host member state. The Commission’s delegated act is required to set out which operations of a CSD could be considered of substantial importance.

The technical advice is available at: http://www.esma.europa.eu/news/ESMA-advises-Commission-implementation-CSDRegulation?t=326&o=home