CMU/Post-trade: EC publishes EPTF report and consultation

Published 24.08.2017

Noting that the European Commission today has published the report by the European Post Trade Forum (EPTF), the European Banking Federation wishes to underline that reforming post-trade services in the European Union is of vital importance to the success of the EU ambitions for Capital Markets Union, or CMU.

The EBF, representing the European banking sector, actively contributed to the work of the EPTF and helped recognize and define obstacles to an efficient flow of capital and investments across the EU markets. The report outlines proposals for reducing barriers to cross-border post-trade services and for making these services more efficient and resilient.

Eliminating obstacles to post-trade services in the EU is seen as a critical success factor for CMU given that these services are the backbone of financial markets.  The EBF regards the EPTF proposals as a realistic and pragmatic trade-off between urgency and complexity. The measures identified are in areas where most significant benefits could be reasonably achieved with a relatively manageable effort over the next two years.

The 406-page report addresses barriers and proposals in four areas: operational, structural, legal and taxation.
Click here for the full report.

As a next step the European Commission today launched a public consultation on how to improve post-trade services used in financial transactions. The consultation is available on the European Commission website.
Click here for the consultation.

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