ESAs consult on amendments to technical standards on the mapping of ECAIs

The Implementing Regulations developed by the ESAs and adopted by the European Commission on 7 and 11 October 2016, aim at ensuring that only credit ratings issued by External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAIs) – those credit rating agencies (CRAs) registered under Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 or central banks issuing credit ratings exempt from the application of the same regulation – can be used for calculating capital requirements of financial institutions and insurance undertakings. To this aim, the three ESAs have specified an approach that establishes the correspondence -or ‘mapping’- between credit ratings and the credit quality steps defined in the EU prudential regulation for banking (Capital Requirements Regulation – CRR) and EU insurance regulation (Solvency II Directive).

Since the adoption of these Implementing Regulations, ESMA has withdrawn the registration of one CRA and five additional CRAs have been recognised. The Implementing Regulations will, therefore, need to be amended to reflect the allocation of appropriate risk weights to the newly established ECAIs and to remove the reference to the de-registered ECAI. The mappings for the other 25 ECAIs covered in the Implementing Regulations remain unchanged.

The ESAs also published individual draft mapping reports illustrating how the methodology was applied to produce the five additional mappings under the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) mandate.  

Consultation process

Comments to the Consultation Paper on the mapping under Article 136 of the CRR can be sent by clicking on the “send your comments” button on the EBA’s consultation page. Comments to the Consultation Paper on the mapping under Article 109 (a) of the Solvency II Directive can be provided through the template for comments that can be downloaded from Joint Committee website.  Please note that the deadline for the submission of comments is 18/09/2017.

All contributions received will be published following the close of the consultation, unless requested otherwise.

A public hearing on the draft ITS will be held at the EBA premises in London on 4 September 2017 at 14:00 UK time.

Legal basis

The proposed revised draft ITSs have been developed according to Article 136 (1) and (3) of Regulation 575/2013 (Capital Requirements Regulation) and of Article 109 (a) of Directive 2009/138/EC (Solvency II Directive), which state that revised draft ITS  shall be submitted by the ESAs, where necessary.

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