libor: commission consultation September 5, 2012Posted by Bradley in : consultation, financial regulation , trackback
The Commission has published a consultation document on the regulation of “indices”, with comments due by November 15th. The “target group” for the consultation is “[c]ontributors to, providers of and users of indices and benchmarks.” The document suggests that recent proposed changes to the market manipulation regime may not be sufficient to address the problems the libor/euribor scandal identified:
changing the sanctioning regime alone may not be sufficient to improve the way in which benchmarks are produced and used. Sanctioning does not remove the risks of manipulation arising from the inherent conflicts of interest linked to the production and governance of benchmarks in their current form. This consultation seeks to assess how to improve the production and governance of benchmarks. Benchmarks should accurately reflect the economic realities that they are intended to measure and should be used appropriately.