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ESMA issues updated Q&A on the CSD Regulation

ESMA issues updated Q&A on the CSD Regulation

In brief, the new/modified Q&A says:

  • Links shall be assessed in compliance with the CSDR by the time of the CSD application for authorisation under CSDR
  • Communication standards requirement to use international standards is limited to :
    a) the machine-to-machine communication
    b) communication where international, fair and open standards exists
    c) where the CSD cannot/does not provide evidence that the international standards are less efficient. It is possible to use other standards if they are more efficient
  • CSD links should not be qualified as interoperable links only because of the participation of the two CSDs in T2S. T2S links are deemed interoperable only for T2S-related aspects.

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ECSDA views on the Future of European Post-Trade

ECSDA views on the Future of European Post-Trade

Recently, the European Commission has launched a consultation on the Future of European Post-Trade, based on the conclusions of the European Post Trade Forum (EPTF). European CSDs thank the European Commission for the constructive and effective discussions at the EPTF, in which they have been deeply involved. In addition to the insight provided in the report resulting from the forum, Central Securities Depositories (CSDs) note several trends in their immediate ecosystem which are important to post-trade more widely.

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CSD Factbook is now available

CSD Factbook is now available

The 2017 edition of the Factbook offers an up-to-date overview of the CSD landscape in Europe.
The Factbook describes the trends within the CSD industry and provides an overview of the evolution of individual ECSDA member-CSD services.

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An overarching reform of securities laws?

An overarching reform of securities laws?

Today, ECSDA responded to the EU conflicts of law consultation. The legal certainty of securities settlement and holdings is of utmost importance for the resilience of CSDs’ ecosystems and the safety of their operations. For this reason, European CSDs have contributed in the past to the creation of conflict of laws rules, carefully crafted to address the special needs of securities settlement systems. ECSDA would like the legislators to ensure that the certainty provided by these rules is not altered in any new pieces of law. If a overarching reform needs to be done, either it needs to be done in full (if so also taking into account evolution of technology), or not at all. 

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ECSDA responds to the European Commission’s consultation on FinTech

ECSDA responds to the European Commission’s consultation on FinTech

In its response, ECSDA expresses its support of technological innovation, including in the areas directly linked to CSD activities. ECSDA notes that due to the competing priorities of reducing costs, responding to margin pressure and the needs of a single access point, the borders between different business models in financial and other markets are likely to be blurred. At the same time, the need for a regulated entity which provides fundamentally important services for the economy is only likely to be enhanced.

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