This paper assesses the EU equivalence framework for financial services and provides recommendations to further enhance its functioning.
The paper considers last year’s European Commission Communication and recent developments in the EU equivalence framework. The EU’s equivalence system is one of the most widely used cross-border regimes for financial services and plays an important role by effectively regulating market access and international relationships.
AFME proposes key objectives for the EU’s relationship with third countries and core principles which should underpin equivalence. It also makes a number of recommendations to further improve the functioning of the regime and strengthen relationships with third countries to ensure continued connectivity with international financial markets while effectively managing risks to financial stability, market integrity and investor protection.
The paper addresses the EU’s relationship with third countries generally as opposed to the specific future relationship with the UK post Brexit.