On March 15, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) announced its decision not to renew the requirement for holders of net short positions in shares traded on an EU regulated market to inform the relevant national competent authority (NCA) if the position reaches, exceeds or falls below 0.1 percent of the issued share capital (the Press Release).
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On March 17, the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) published a joint consultation paper on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) regarding the content and presentation of sustainability disclosures under Articles 8(4), 9(6) and 11(5) of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation ((EU) 2019/2088) (SFDR).
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On March 8, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a consultation paper detailing its proposals to regulate bidding for emissions allowances on the UK auction platform under the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) (the Consultation Paper).
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On March 9, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced its first, post-Brexit annual transparency calculations for UK equity and equity-like financial instruments in response to the UK Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (the Press Release). The calculations will be available from April 1.
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On March 9, the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) published a draft report detailing recommendations to the European Commission on the proposed Regulation on markets in cryptoassets and amending Directive (EU) 2019/1937 (the Draft Report).
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On March 10, the European Commission (the Commission) published a draft delegated act detailing the obligation on clearing members and clients when providing clearing services under fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory and transparent (FRANDT) commercial terms (the Delegated Act).
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On February 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report on guidelines to clarify common procedures and methodologies for the supervisory review and evaluation process of central counterparties (CCPs) by their national competent authorities (NCAs) (the Report).

The proposed guidelines addressed in the Report by ESMA include:
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On February 15, the Council of the European Union (the Council) published a press release announcing the adoption of a “quick fix” amendment to the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) in response to the economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (the Amendment).

The key changes to MiFID II in the Amendment include:
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On February 17, the European Commission (the Commission) published two Delegated Regulations amending the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) Margin Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) and the Clearing Obligation RTS (the Delegated Regulations).

The key amendments proposed by the Commission in the Margin RTS include:
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