ESAs publish Q&As on the interpretation of the SFDR RTS and their potential impact on the current disclosures

On 17th November 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”), the EU’s securities markets regulator, published Questions and Answers (“Q&A”) on Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/1288 (the “SFDR RTS”), which will come into force on 1 January 2023. The Q&A has been prepared by the three European Supervisory Authorities, namely ESMA, the EBA and EIOPA.

The Q&A in all cover a range of areas, including:

  • Current value of all investments in Principle Adverse Impacts (“PAI”) and Taxonomy-aligned disclosures;
  • PAI disclosures;
  • Financial product disclosures;
  • Multi-option products;
  • Taxonomy-aligned investment disclosures;
  • Financial advisers and execution-only Financial Market Participants.

The Q&A tackles a number of important questions in relation to interpretation as well as other practical issues, including those relating to the use of templates.

Financial Market Participants should take note of the Q&A in preparation for any eventual filings of SFDR RTS related disclosures with the MFSA, once further guidance is issued.

The Q&As can be accessed here.