ESMA issues today its Guidelines on endorsement with a Final Report, including a Feedback Statement. This report is accompanied
by a press release. These Guidelines address how ESMA will implement the “as stringent as” test
for credit ratings produced outside the European Union, in so-called “third countries”.
These credit ratings are used by financial institutions to assess the risk of
their exposures and in calculating their capital requirements. The test requires
that the credit rating activities performed by Credit Rating Agencies (CRAs) outside
the Euro-pean Union are subject to requirements established by law which are “as
stringent as” those applicable in the EU.