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20 March 2015

EIOPA prepares discussion paper on infrastructure investments by insurers

EIOPA aims to benefit from the knowledge and experience of (re)insurance stakeholders and market participants.

The paper will set out initial ideas on the following topics:

  • Definition of infrastructure investments that offer predictable long-term cash-flows and whose risks can be properly identified, managed and monitored by insurers
  • Possible criteria for this new class of long-term lower risk infrastructure assets covering issues such as standardisation and transparency
  • Prudentially sound treatment of the identified investments within a risk based supervisory system, focusing on their specific risk profile
  • Effectiveness of the current Solvency II risk management requirements in ensuring that the risks of this complex and, for insurers, relatively new asset class, are properly managed

Stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide detailed input on all the aspects of the discussion paper.

It is envisaged that the consultation will start on 27 March 2015 and will last until 26 April. The draft Advice to the European Commission will also be publicly consulted at a later stage.

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