The Council adopted two regulations aiming at making finance greener and bringing it more in line with the objectives of the Paris agreement on climate change.
The first reform introduces disclosure obligations on how financial companies integrate environmental, social and governance factors in their investment decisions.
The second reform creates new types of benchmarks aimed at giving greater information on an investment portfolio’s carbon footprint.
The package of measures adopted today sets out new prudential requirements and supervisory arrangements for investment firms. The reform adapts the requirements to the firms’ risk profiles and business models while preserving financial stability.
The Council adopted a set of new rules on harmonised product requirements and supervision of covered bonds, in order to ensure a high level of investor protection. This framework also specifies a common definition for receiving an EU covered bond label and benefit from preferential capital treatment. Harmonised regulatory framework would provide a stable funding source for credit institutions, which would be better placed to provide affordable mortgages for consumers and businesses and would make alternative safer investments available to investors.
SME growth markets
The Council adopted a new framework to help small and medium businesses access new sources of funding. This concerns specifically access to “SME growth markets”, a recently introduced category of trading venue dedicated to small issuers.
The proposal contains amendments to the market abuse and the prospectus regulations which make the obligations placed on SME growth market issuers more proportionate while preserving market integrity and investor protection.