This announcement is in response to a European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) consultation on the potential harmonisation of frameworks for insurers.
The lobby group said in its position paper that Solvency II already allows early intervention when either the Minimum Capital Requirement (MCR), or the Solvency Capital Requirement (SCR) are breached, and that this is sufficient.
It states: “Insurance Europe believes it is important to reiterate that Solvency II already provides several safeguards that…
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The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published a work plan outlining the strategic direction of its activities over the next three years, from 2017 to 2019.
The strategy is set out in a single programming document (SPD), developed in accordance with European Commission requirements to enhance consistency and comparability across European Union bodies.
The SPD specifies the tasks EIOPA is mandated, and required, to undertake, as well as its strategic objectives and pensipriorities for 2017.
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Rushed changes to the ultimate forward rate (UFR) could risk pushing insurers towards sub-optimal investment strategies, which could unnecessarily impact policyholders’ returns negatively, according to Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation.
It says that it is unnecessary to change the UFR before the Solvency II review stressing that the current framework has several additional layers of protection in place already to make sure policyholder claims will be paid.
On possible changes to the methodology for calculating the UFR to a European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority meeting, Insurance Europe said there is no need for changing it either for prudential or policyholder protection reasons.
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A developing row over how discount rates are set has reminded European insurers that Solvency II relies on a political deal – and that political deals can be broken.
To make the directive possible, European policy-makers negotiated a compromise to soften the effect of a market-based regime on certain pockets of the industry – taking the form of the matching adjustment, volatility adjustment and transitional measures.
Few would suggest reversing any of those, but the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa) is proposing changes to how the directive’s ultimate forward rate (UFR) is calculated – an idea that is proving highly controversial.
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The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published its June 2016 report on financial stability in the (re)insurance and occupational pension fund sectors of the European Economic Area.
EIOPA observed an ongoing “extremely challenging macro-economic and financial environment”.
Monetary policy and low crude oil prices imply a protracted low yield environment in the short- to medium-term. In this environment, the “double-hit” scenario cannot be ruled out.
Both risks – low yields and a “double-hit” – will be in the focus of EIOPA’s Insurance Stress Test 2016.
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The EU’s insurance watchdog, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, has named Italian regulator Fausto Parente as its new Executive Director, EIOPA said on Thursday.
Parente is currently head of supervisory regulation and policy at national and international level at Italian insurance watchdog IVASS.
His LinkedIn page shows he has spent more than 20 years in insurance oversight.
Parente replaces Spaniard Carlos Montalvo, who is due to step down in March when his first term of office ends.
EIOPA has worked to develop risk capital rules for the insurance sector, known as Solvency II, which came into force at the beginning of this year and expected to…
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(i) The Central Bank Publishes the Final Guidelines for the Preparation of Solvency II
On 4 November 2013, the Central Bank published its final Guidelines on Preparing for Solvency II (the “Guidelines”).
This follows the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (“EIOPA“)’s publication of their final Guidelines for the Preparation of Solvency II on 27 September 2013.
The Central Bank’s Guidelines closely reflect EIOPA’s Guidelines and are linked to the Central Bank’s PRISM risk-based supervisory framework.
The objective of the Guidelines is to allow effective and meaningful preparation for Solvency II, so that when Solvency II is applicable, it can be fully complied with.
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The next two years will be “crucial for the success” of new rules designed to make insurance companies safer, Europe’s insurance and pension regulator said.
“Eiopa will publicly consult on the technical standards and guidelines as soon as possible during 2014, in order to deliver them in time for a good and timely implementation by the market,” Gabriel Bernardino, chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, said in a speech in Frankfurt today. “The next two years should be used to actively implement measures to avoid the worst case scenarios.”
European politicians reached an agreement last week paving the way for new rules to make insurance companies safer after 13 years of wrangling with the industry and regulators.
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