ESMA Publishes Annual Peer Review of EU CCP Supervision
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities markets regulator, yesterday published its annual peer review report on the supervision of EU Central Counterparties (CCPs) by National Competent Authorities (NCAs). The Peer Review measured the effectiveness of NCA supervisory practices in assessing CCP compliance with EMIR’s requirements on liquidity stress testing.
Overall, the review found that NCAs’ supervisory activities on CCPs’ liquidity stress testing are satisfactory. However, the peer review showed that the assessment of some areas of liquidity stress testing was not always performed or being evidenced sufficiently. In particular, NCAs should make sure that the settlement of obligations of defaulting clearing members are reflected in full in the liquidity stress testing framework.
The report also identifies several best practices and considerations to further enhance supervisory convergence with respect to CCPs’ liquidity stress testing.
On the functioning of CCP colleges, the review of colleges’ activities during the reporting period remains overall positive.
ESMA will follow up on the report’s findings to identify, where relevant, the most appropriate tools to further enhance supervisory convergence.
The peer reviews under EMIR assess the overall functioning of CCP colleges and provide an in-depth analysis of supervisory activities by NCAs on CCPs in relation to EMIR’s requirements. The reviews also assess if NCAs are following the relevant guidelines and opinions agreed by ESMA and identifies best practices.
The CCP Supervisory Committee is mandated to conduct, at least annually, a peer review analysis of the supervisory activities of all NCAs in relation to the authorisation and the supervision of CCPs in accordance with Article 30 of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 (ESMA Regulation).
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