On October 8, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that it had adopted a resolution regarding the creation of a robust EU framework for crypto-assets, cyber resilience, data sharing and customer safety (the Press Release).

The basis of the resolution originates from a previous report that the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) had voted to adopt in September 2020.
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On July 24, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted a legislative proposal to amend the Prospectus Regulation and assist with the recapitalization of companies that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (the Proposal).

The key changes under the Proposal are:
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On July 14, the European Commission (the Commission) adopted several implementing and delegated acts relating to central counterparties (CCPs) established in third countries (TCs) under the so-called “EMIR 2.2” revisions to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (the Delegated Acts).
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On April 1, and following a recent consultation, the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA) published a review report on position limits under MiFID II (the Review Report) and a report on technical advice on weekly position reporting (the Technical Advice Report).
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On December 5, Valdis Dombrovskis made a speech at the conclusion of the first Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting of the new European Commission (EC). Mr. Dombrovskis is the European Commissioner for “an Economy that Works for People”, and is one of the three newly-appointed Executive Vice Presidents of the EC.

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On July 29, the European Commission (EC) published a communication on equivalence in the area of financial services (Communication). The EC states that, in light of recent policy developments, it is timely to take stock of the EU’s approach to equivalence.

The Communication discusses the purpose and importance of equivalence. The EC states that each new decision is looked at individually and in detail to ensure that the policies of third countries are compatible with those of the EU, and that any equivalence determination is beneficial to, and sustainable for, both parties.EU financial services law includes approximately 40 provisions that allow the EC to adopt equivalence decisions and as of July 29, the EC has adopted more than 280 equivalence decisions for more than 30 countries.
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On July 24, the European Commission (EC) published a suite of documents assessing the current anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) framework in operation in the European Union (EU).

Although each document is addressed to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, the EC states that it believes that these documents will support the EU and national authorities to better address money laundering and terrorist financing risks. It notes that some improvements can be made quickly at an operational level, and the EC will continue to support EU member states in this, while also reflecting on how to address the remaining structural challenges.
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