ESAs issue opinions on ESRS

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27 Jan 2023

On 25 November 2022, the European Commission requested the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) to provide an opinion on the technical advice on the first set of European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS), which the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) submitted on 22 November 2022.

The following quotes give a general impression of the opinions issued by the ESAs:

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)

To bring Set 1 from broadly capable to fully capable of meeting that objective, ESMA advises the European Commission to address selected technical issues set out in the opinion. Most notably, these issues relate to possible improvements of the level of consistency vis-à-vis the requirements of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and other pieces of EU legislation, important clarifications of definitions and terminology and further guidance on the materiality assessment process.

European Banking Authority (EBA)

In particular, the EBA acknowledges the significant improvement of the draft ESRS prepared by EFRAG compared to the versions put out for consultation. Overall, the EBA welcomes the consistency of ESRS with international standards and relevant EU Regulation, and a better alignment with the disclosure requirements under the EBA Pillar 3 framework. As regards proportionality, the EBA believes that the draft standards offer a well-balanced approach with the relevant phasing-in provisions in place. A few aspects should deserve further consideration by the European Commission, including the timetable for the development of the sector-specific standards for credit institutions.

European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)

Concerning international standards, EIOPA underlines the importance of avoiding the fragmentation of sustainability reporting requirements across jurisdictions. To this end, compatibility between ESRS standards and IFRS standards should be ensured so that European companies reporting according to ESRS are automatically considered to be compliant with the IFRS sustainability reporting framework.

The full opinions are are are available on the ESAs website:

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