The European Securities and Markets Authority has amended its regulatory technical standards to address certain issues raised by the European Commission related to the clearing obligation regarding interest rate swaps. ESMA initially sent its RTS to the Commission for endorsement by October 1, 2014. The Commission notified ESMA it intended to approve the RTS with amendments on January 29, 2015. The matters addressed by ESMA in the amended RTS are non-EU group intra-group transactions and frontloading, among other matters.