The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) General Decrees dated 19 and 21 September 2008 regarding the ban on uncovered short sales in 11 stocks expired on 31 January 2010 without replacement. The BaFin believes that the situation in the financial markets has improved to such an extent that it is not necessary to extend these emergency measures. However, the BaFin continues to monitor developments in the financial markets and will issue new regulations if necessary.