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    01/29/2021
    Following a request from the European Commission for technical advice on revising the rules on the calculation and payment of fees, the European Securities and Markets Authority has opened a consultation on proposed fees charged to credit rating agencies by it. Responses to the consultation may be submitted until March 15, 2021. ESMA is due to submit its final technical advice to the Commission by the end of June 2021.

    The EU CRA Regulation provides that ESMA shall charge fees to CRAs to cover ESMA's costs relating to the registration, certification and supervision of CRAs. The different types of supervisory fees payable, the amount of fees payable, the modalities of payment and the reimbursement of fees to national competent authorities are set out in Commission Delegated Regulation 272/2012. ESMA is seeking feedback on its proposals, the key ones of which are to charge a single registration fee of €45,000 and annual supervisory fees of €20,000 to registered CRAs with annual revenues between €1 million and €10 million. In addition, ESMA is proposing an annual endorsement fee of €20,000 to all CRAs endorsing credit ratings for use in the EU and annual fees for all certified CRAs.

    View ESMA's consultation paper.

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