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FRC responds to European Consultation on Pension Scheme Regulation

The FRC has responded to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s (EIOPA) draft advice to the European Commission (EC) for the review of the IORP Directive, the European legislation that governs the regulation of UK pension schemes. The consultation includes the extent to which the regulatory framework for UK pension schemes should be similar to that for other financial institutions and products, in particular the Solvency II framework for insurers.

The FRC does not consider that the proposed quantitative requirements, which are based on Solvency II, are appropriate for all pension schemes. It is particularly concerned about the large increase in the regulatory burden that Solvency II style regulation would impose. The FRC strongly urges EIOPA to carry out a thorough impact analysis before making any recommendations to the EC.

Commenting on the FRC’s response, Stephen Haddrill, Chief Executive of the FRC, said:

“The regulatory and professional framework for UK pension funds promotes high quality provision supported by good corporate governance and advice. As proposed, the application of Solvency II requirements will make them far more expensive and risky for many employers leading to their early closure.”

The FRC’s response is available at: http://www.frc.org.uk/publications/pub2687.html.

Notes to Editors

  1. The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is the UK’s independent regulator responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance and reporting to foster investment.
  2. The FRC’s Board for Actuarial Standards has a primary objective of promoting competence and transparency of actuarial practice by establishing and improving actuarial technical standards and ensuring that they are coherent, consistent and comprehensive.
  3. All media enquiries should be addressed to Jonathan Labrey, Head of Communications, on 020 7492 2395; 0776 0990345 or e-mail: j.labrey@frc.org.uk; or Robert Inglis, FRC Project Director, 020 7492 2356 or email: r.inglis@frc.org.uk.



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