EBF CONSULTATION RESPONSE
EBF Response to ESMA Consultation on Product Governance
BRUSSELS, 12th October 2022 – On 7th October 2022, the EBF submitted its response to the ESMA Consultation on the review of the Guidelines on MiFID II product governance requirements.
- On timing: as ESMA guidelines will start to apply several months after the MiFID II delegated directive, investment firms will not have access to all necessary information when implementing the binding level-2 rules. To avoid legal uncertainty and compliance risks, it is therefore important that ESMA clarifies does not expect NCAs to prioritize supervision of the level rules until ESMA GLs on suitability and product governance have become applicable.
- Avoid additional complexity: it is important to keep the level of detail at a reasonable level and avoid the creation of additional complexity of the MiFID framework. In case of uncertainty on the consequences for retail investors or the EU capital market as a whole, ESMA should take a cautious approach and refrain from proposing the guideline in question.
- More flexibility: Guidelines should allow for more flexibility for distributors when defining the Target Market in the secondary market if they believe the instrument is consistent with the needs of retail investors. Moreover, while the EBF is supportive of the proposal to align “sustainability objectives” with “sustainability preferences” as proposed by ESMA, it calls for more flexibility with regards to sustainability preferences in the short to medium run.
- On the clustering approach: the clustering approach is generally supported as it support operational ability. However, the principle must be applied with proportionality, avoiding too granular requirements. Moreover, the EBF is also supportive of the fact that the clustering approach is also made available for distributors.
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About the EBF:
The European Banking Federation is the voice of the European banking sector, bringing together 32 national banking associations in Europe that together represent a significant majority of all banking assets in Europe, with 3,500 banks – large and small, wholesale and retail, local and international – while employing approximately two million people. EBF members represent banks that make available loans to the European economy in excess of €20 trillion and that reliably handle more than 400 million payment transactions per day. Launched in 1960, the EBF is committed to a single market for financial services in the European Union and to supporting policies that foster economic growth.
European Banking Federation
The European Banking Federation is the voice of the European banking sector, bringing together national banking associations from across Europe. The federation is committed to a thriving European economy that is underpinned by a stable, secure and inclusive financial ecosystem, and to a flourishing society where financing is available to fund the dreams of citizens, businesses and innovators everywhere.
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