Setting EU CCP policy – much more than meets the eye

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The European Union needs a long-term vision for the future development of the European clearing market. Currently, UK-based CCPs dominate the (European) market for swaps and futures clearing. More than EUR 3.2 trillion notional outstanding of interest rate swaps (IRS) are cleared in the City of London per day across all currencies. In the first half of 2021, 94% of all globally traded EUR-denominated IRS were cleared in London. Since the UK’S departure from the EU, European policymakers have encouraged EU clearing members and market participants to reduce their exposure to systemically important UK CCPs.

The study, Setting EU CCP policy – much more than meets the eye, stresses the need that EU market participants should be able to retain the flexibility to continue to clear their transactions through the CCP of their choice, or the choice of their clients and counterparties. Supervisory and regulatory cooperation between the EU and the UK is the best way forward to address potential EU concerns around the exposure of EU firms to UK CCPs.

This seminar will discuss the outcome of the study and the implications for EU policy making in clearing infrastructures.


Presentation of the study


  • John Berrigan, Director-General, DG FISMA, European Commission
  • Danuta Hübner, MEP, ECON Committee
  • Froukelien Wendt, Independent Member, CCP Supervisory Committee, ESMA


  • Karel Lannoo, CEO of CEPS and General Manager, ECMI