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28 July 2015

EIOPA to hold a public hearing on its final Advice to the European Commission on infrastructure investments

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The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority is holding a public hearing for all stakeholders on infrastructure investments before submitting its final Advice to the European Commission.

In recent years, infrastructure investments have been increasingly at the centre of discussions regarding growth promoting initiatives at a global, European and national level.

Insurers could be an important source of funds for infrastructure investments as the long-term nature of their liabilities may mean that such investments are suitable for their risk profile. In this context, in February 2015, the EC issued a Call for Advice to EIOPA on the identification and calibration of infrastructure investment risk categories.

The scope of the Advice includes definitions of debt and equity infrastructure investments used to specify new risk categories in the standard formula, proposals for their calibrations in line with the Solvency II Directive and an assessment of how the categories could fit within the existing structure of the market and counterparty default risk modules.

In addition, EIOPA considers it of utmost importance to analyse whether the current investments and system of governance requirements in Solvency II are sufficient to ensure that the risks of such a complex, heterogeneous and, for insurers, relatively new asset class, are properly managed.

The hearing will take place on 4 September 2015 in Frankfurt between 9.30 and 17.00 hrs. It strives to actively engage stakeholders by addressing all areas of the Consultation Paper published by EIOPA.

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