Europex response to Commission consultation on the review of the MiFID II/MiFIR regulatory framework

Brussels, 18 May 2020 | Europex fully supports the underlying policy objectives of MiFID II / MiFIR and the G-20 Pittsburgh commitments to “improve the functioning and transparency of financial and commodity markets and address excessive commodity price volatility”. However, more than two years after the MiFID II / MiFIR framework started to apply, we believe that these objectives have not yet fully materialised as far as commodity derivatives markets are concerned, notwithstanding the heavy burden already imposed on the industry. This concerns in particular the MiFID II position limits and position management regime as well as the MiFIR pre-trade
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Europex response to ESMA consultation paper on MiFID II review report on position limits and position management

Brussels, 6 January 2020 | Europex, the Association of European Energy Exchanges, welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the ESMA consultation paper on the MiFID II review report on position limits and position management in commodity derivatives. Europex has actively participated in previous MiFID related consultations, such as the call for evidence on position limits that took place last summer. While the review fulfils a legal obligation under MiFID II, this exercise is also a vital opportunity to assess the impact of position limits and position management on commodity derivatives markets and to ensure the regime is working in practice
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MiFIR Pre-Trade Transparency: Call for a Methodology for the Conversion of LIS Notional Values to Lots

Brussels, 15 July 2019 | Europex and its members are committed to working with ESMA and the NCAs to ensure that markets continue to become more transparent in line with the policy objectives of MiFID II/MiFIR. In this context, we take note of the recently published “ESMA Supervisory Briefing on compliance with MiFIR pre-trade transparency requirements in commodity derivatives” and welcome ESMA’s commitment to review the currently inappropriately calibrated pre-trade transparency regime. As stated at earlier occasions, the enforcement of full compliance should be postponed until after the review of RTS 2 as otherwise irreparable damages would be caused to
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Europex response to the ESMA call for evidence on position limits in commodity derivatives

Brussels, 5 July 2019 | Europex, the Association of European Energy Exchanges, welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the ESMA call for evidence on position limits and position management in commodity derivatives. Europex has actively participated in previous public consultations on the MiFID II/MiFIR package, including on the position limit regime as well as on its implementing legislation and the related regulatory guidance. The present call for evidence offers an important opportunity to review the regime 18 months after its entry into application. Importantly, Europex supports the policy objectives of MiFID II/MiFIR to ensure transparency and prevent abuse in commodities
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MiFIR pre-trade transparency regime: making it work for commodity derivatives – recommendations

Brussels, 25 June 2018 | The purpose of this paper is to provide ESMA and National Competent Authorities with specific recommendations in support of their work with regard to amending certain parts of Regulation 2017/583 (‘RTS 2’)1, relating to the MiFIR pre-trade transparency regime for non- equity products. Europex members have long argued that, in its present form, the regime is not fit for purpose and cannot be applied to trade registration facilities in energy derivatives markets. Should these pre- arranged trades be no longer reported to regulated markets for clearing purposes, this would compromise their vital role in supporting
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The MiFIR pre-trade transparency regime: making it work for commodity derivatives

Brussels, 25 April 2018 |The purpose of the present paper is to provide ESMA and all interested National Competent Authorities (NCAs) with detailed information in support of their work in amending specific aspects of ‘RTS 2’ in relation to the MiFIR pre-trade transparency regime for non-equity instruments. Europex members have long argued that the MiFIR pre-trade transparency regime does not apply to trade registration. We consider that the regime in its present form is not fit for purpose and cannot be applied to trade registration facilities in energy derivatives markets without compromising their vital role in supporting the hedging activity
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The need to simplify and streamline reporting obligations under EMIR, MiFID II/MiFIR and REMIT – Europex response to Commission fitness check on supervisory reporting

Brussels, 14 March 2018 | Europex welcomes the opportunity to take part in the “fitness check on supervisory reporting” of the European Commission and to discuss the effectiveness and efficiency of existing EU-level supervisory reporting requirements. We deeply believe in the simplification and streamlining of regulatory reporting. Electricity and gas derivative contracts are covered by reporting obligations stemming from four pieces of legislation: namely EMIR, MiFID II/MiFIR, REMIT and MAR. This constitutes a heavy reporting burden for energy exchanges and clearing houses as well as for market participants. Consequently, there is a need to streamline the requirements in order to
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The entry into application of MiFID II / MiFIR: the start of a new era of European energy commodity derivatives trading

Brussels, 3 January 2018 | Today’s entry into application of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) and its accompanying Regulation (MiFIR) marks a major milestone in European energy commodity trading. The great majority of gas and electricity derivative contracts as well as all EU ETS emission allowances are now classified as financial instruments – along with all other commodity derivatives. New rules for market venues, like energy exchanges, where these financial instruments are traded, apply along with numerous other changes affecting market participants and market infrastructure providers.   Please read the full statement below.
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