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22 December 2014

ESA publish final Guidelines on consistency of supervisory practices for financial conglomerates

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The guidelines aim to clarify and enhance cooperation between national competent authorities on cross-border groups that have been identified as financial conglomerates.

Joint Guidelines focus on how authorities should cooperate in order to achieve a supplementary level of supervision of financial conglomerates. This will serve the purpose of addressing loopholes in present legislation, as prescribed by the FICOD. The Joint Guidelines should also enhance the level playing field in the financial market and reduce administrative burdens for firms and supervisory authorities.

The areas covered by the Joint Guidelines include in particular the mapping of the financial conglomerate structure and written agreements; the coordination of information exchange, supervisory planning and coordination of supervisory activities in going concern and emergency situations; the supervisory assessment of financial conglomerates; and other decision-making processes among the competent authorities.

The Joint Guidelines apply from 23 February 2015.

Press release

Guidelines on the convergence of supervisory practices for financial conglomerates


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