On November 10, 2015, ESMA published a final report setting out additional final draft Regulatory Technical Standards on the clearing obligation, in particular, the central clearing of interest rate OTC Derivatives in additional currencies. The additional final draft RTS propose a clearing obligation for fixed-to-float Interest Rate Swaps as well as forward rate agreements denominated in Norwegian Krone (NOK), Polish Zloty (PLN) and Swedish Krona (SEK). ESMA considers that because substantial trading volumes exist in these currencies, such contracts are of significant systemic relevance for the EU as well as to specific local markets and the addition of these classes to the clearing obligation will play an important role in reducing systemic risk. ESMA has already deemed IRS denominated in Euros (EUR), Great British Pounds (GBP), Japanese Yen (JPY) and United States Dollars (USD) eligible for mandatory clearing, for which RTS have already been endorsed by the European Commission and central clearing is expected to begin in mid-2016. ESMA has submitted the additional final draft RTS to the European Commission for endorsement.
The final report is available at: http://www.esma.europa.eu/news/ESMA-proposes-central-clearing-Norwegian-Polish-and-Swedish-interest-rate-swaps?t=326&o=h ome.