The European Securities and Markets Authority’s strategic priorities for 2024

In 2022, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its new multi-annual strategy for 2023-2028. ESMA’s 2024 Annual Work Programme is structured around the implementation of the ESMA strategy, fulfilling ESMA mandates in the legislation and building on the activities executed in 2023.

In the second year of their 2023-2028 work plan, much of the ESMA’s focus remains largely on work that has already started such as MiCAR, DORA and combatting Greenwashing. Priority is placed on advancing legislative projects initiated in 2022 and 2023. The key priorities for firms to heed are outlined below:

Stages of ESMA Strategic Priorities for 2024

Priority 1

  • Green bond regulation and delivery of final report on greenwashing

ESMA will be mandated to expand the single rulebook for sustainable finance and will deliver its final report on greenwashing.

Priority 2

  • Technical standards and guidelines will be delivered in relation to Markets in Crypto Asset Regulation (MiCAR)

Following the MiCAR legislation in 2023, ESMA is required to develop technical standards and guidelines.

Priority 3

  • Further Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) work

ESMA is required to also issued technical standards and guidelines for DORA, as well as preparatory work for oversight responsibilities. 

Priority 4

  • Consolidated Tape Providers (CTPs) under Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) & Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR)

Process of selecting and authorising CTPs under review.

Priority 5

  • European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR)

Ongoing review of EMIR as well as new Listing Act may lead to new mandates for ESMA.

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This article is the fourth instalment in a four-part series outlining the strategic priorities of European Supervisory Authorities for the financial sector.

Read article one on the European Banking Authority's strategic priorities for 2024

Read article two on EIOPA strategic priorities for 2024

Read article three on the European Central Bank’s strategic priorities 2024-2026

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