On November 13, 2015, ESMA published proposed draft technical standards that will amend the existing Commission Delegated Regulation on the minimum details of data to be reported to trade repositories and the Implementing Regulation on the format and frequency of trade reports to trade repositories. ESMA consulted on these changes in November 2014. ESMA considers that the current standards should be updated to incorporate the feedback and Q&As during implementation of the reporting requirement under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation since 2013. The changes are mainly related to clarifying data fields and/or their description, amending existing fields so that they reflect reporting logic in existing Q&As and introducing new fields to reflect market practice. ESMA has also aimed to align reporting requirements under EMIR with those under the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation, so as to minimize the burden on those entities that are required to report under both regimes. The changes include: (i) allowing the use of multiple reports for the reporting of complex derivatives provided that counterparties agree the number of reports to be submitted; (ii) adding a definition for the notional amount of a derivative; and (iii) amending the fields for reporting of collateral to, amongst other things, split the value field into initial margin posted and variation margin posted. The proposed draft technical standards have been sent to the European Commission for endorsement. ESMA proposes that the standards would only apply nine months after they come into force.

ESMA’s press release is available at: http://www.esma.europa.eu/news/ESMA-updates-EMIR-standards-data-reporting?t=326&o=home