19/06/24

EU: ESAs Propose Improvements To The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation

As published on: mondovisione.com, Wednesday 19 June, 2024. 

The three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA – ESAs) today published a joint Opinion on the assessment of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). The ESAs call for a coherent sustainable finance framework that caters for both the green transition and enhanced consumer protection, taking into account the lessons learned from the functioning of the SFDR.

The ESAs focus on ways to introduce simple and clear categories for financial products. The simplifications consist of two voluntary product categories, “sustainable” and “transition”, that financial market participants should use to ensure consumers understand the purpose of the products. The rules for the categories should have a clear objective and criteria to reduce greenwashing risks. 

The ESAs recommend that the European Commission consider the introduction of a sustainability indicator that would grade financial products such as investment funds, life insurance and pension products.

In addition, the Opinion also covers the following areas:

  • appropriate disclosures for products outside the two categories to reduce greenwashing,
  • improvements to the definition of sustainable investments,
  • simplification to the way disclosures are presented to investors,
  • other technical suggestions including on which products should fall under the scope of SFDR and on how to improve disclosures regarding the negative impact of investments on people and the environment, and
  • the need for consumer testing before putting forward any policy proposals to review the SFDR, such as to introduce a categorisation system and/or an indicator.

Background

The ESAs deliver this Opinion on their own initiative. The Opinion is published in the context of a comprehensive review of the SFDR framework by the European Commission, which includes the SFDR regulation and Delegated Regulation. Going forward, the ESAs are ready to support the European Commission in future policy considerations on any review of the SFDR framework.

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EU ESA Sustainable finance Green finance

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