EU Extends Use of Third-Country Benchmarks Until End 202511/01/2023A Commission Delegated Regulation extending the transitional period laid down for third-country benchmarks has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The EU Benchmark Regulation limits the use by EU supervised entities of benchmarks provided by third-country benchmark administrators. Under transitional provisions, no financial instruments and financial contracts in the EU may start to reference a benchmark provided by a third-country administrator on or after December 31, 2023 (extended in 2022 from January 1, 2021), unless the benchmark and administrator are included in the register maintained by the European Securities and Markets Authority following an equivalence decision by the European Commission, or recognition or endorsement by a national regulator. However, a benchmark provided by a third-country administrator that is already being referenced in financial instruments and financial contracts in the EU on January 1, 2024, may continue to be referenced in those contracts and financial instruments.
The Delegated Regulation, which takes effect on October 26, 2023, extends the transitional date from December 31, 2023 to December 31, 2025. The transitional provision does not apply to any EU benchmark whose administrators relocate to a third country during the transitional period.
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