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ESMA backs open access to exchange-traded derivatives

The European Securities and Markets Authority said April 4that it sees no need to temporarily exclude exchange-traded derivatives fromnondiscriminatory access to central counterparties and trading venues.

An analysis by the regulator found that open access to suchderivatives does not create undue risks to the overall stability and orderlyfunctioning of European financial markets. Potential risks relating to suchopen access are already addressed by the legislative frameworks of theupdated Markets inFinancial Instruments Directive, the Markets in Financial InstrumentsRegulation and the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation, the regulator added.

Consequently, the ESMA proposed to the European Parliamentand Council not to exclude derivatives traded on exchanges from the open accessprovisions in the upcoming regulations.

Mifid II is due to be introduced in January 2018.