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6 November 2013
PE 502.113v02-00 A7-0368/2013

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on key information documents for investment products

(COM(2012)0352 – C7-0179/2012 – 2012/0169(COD))

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Rapporteur: Pervenche Berès

ERRATA/ADDENDA
DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
 OPINION of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
 PROCEDURE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on key information documents for investment products

(COM(2012)0352 – C7-0179/2012 – 2012/0169(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2012)0352),

–   having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C7-0179/2012),

–   having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–   having regard to the opinion of the European Central Bank of 11 December 2012(1),

–   having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 14 November 2012(2),

–   having regard to Rule 55 of its Rules of Procedure,

–   having regard to the report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the opinions of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (A7-0368/2013),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it intends to amend its proposal substantially or replace it with another text;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Amendment  1

AMENDMENTS BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT(3)*

to the Commission proposal

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REGULATION OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL

on key information documents for investment products

(Text with EEA relevance)

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 114 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national parliaments,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Central Bank(4),

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee(5),

Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure(6),

Whereas:

(1)      Retail investors are increasingly offered a wide variety of different types of investment products when they consider making an investment. These products may provide specific investment solutions tailored to the needs of retail investors, but are frequently complex and difficult to understand. Existing disclosures to investors for such investment products are uncoordinated and often fail to aid retail investors compare between the different products, to understand their features, or to improve such investors' financial education. As a consequence, retail investors have often made investments with risks and costs that were not fully understood by those investors, and have thereby on occasion suffered unforeseen losses.

(2)      Improving provisions on transparency of investment products offered to retail investors is an important investor protection measure and a precondition for rebuilding confidence of retail investors in the financial market, in particular in the aftermath of the financial crisis. First steps in this direction have been already been taken at Union level through the development of the key investor information regime established in Directive 2009/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 on the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS).

(3)      Different rules that vary according to the industry that offers the investment products and national regulation in this area create an un-level playing field between different products and distribution channels, erecting additional barriers to a Single Market in financial services and products. Member States have already taken divergent and uncoordinated action to address shortcomings in investor protection measures and it is likely that this development would continue. Divergent approaches to investment product disclosures impede the development of a level playing field between different investment product manufacturers and those selling these products and thus distort competition. It would also create an uneven level of investor protection with the Union. Such divergences represent an obstacle to the establishment and smooth functioning of the Single Market. Consequently, the appropriate legal basis is Article 114 TFEU, as interpreted in accordance with the consistent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

(4)      It is necessary to establish uniform rules at the level of the Union applying across all participants of the investment product market on transparency so as to prevent divergences and reduce costs and uncertainty for product providers and distributors. A Regulation is necessary to ensure that a common standard for key information documents is established in such a uniform fashion so as to be able to harmonise the format and the content of these documents. The directly applicable rules of a Regulation should ensure that all participants in the investment product market are subject to the same requirements. This should also ensure uniform disclosures by preventing divergent national requirements as a result of the transposition of a Directive. The use of a Regulation is also appropriate to ensure that all those selling investment products are subject to uniform requirements in relation to the provision of the key information document to retail investors.

(5)      Whilst improving investment product disclosures is essential in rebuilding the trust of retail investors in the financial markets, effectively regulated sales processes for these products are equally important. This Regulation is complementary to measures on distribution (including investment advice, investor protection measures and other sales services) in Directive 2004/39/EC of the European Parliament and the Council(7). It is also complementary to measures taken on the distribution of insurance product in Directive 2002/92/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council(8).

(6)      This Regulation should apply to all products and underlying investments regardless of their form or construction that are manufactured by the financial services industry to provide investment opportunities to retail investors, where the return offered to the investor is exposed to the performance of one or more assets or reference values ▌. This should include investment products such as investment funds and life insurance policies and the investments underlying those investment funds and life insurance policies, and retail ▌products including assets that are held directly, such as sovereign bonds or shares that are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a regulated market situated or operating within a Member State. Retail packaged structured products intercede between the investor and the markets through a process of "packaging", wrapping or bundling together assets so as to create different exposures, provide different product features, or achieve different cost structures as compared with a direct holding. Such "packaging" can allow retail investors to engage in investment strategies that would otherwise be inaccessible or impractical, but can also require additional information to be made available, in particular to enable comparisons between different ways of packaging investments and to ensure that retail investors are able to understand the key features and risks of retail investment products.

(6a)    This Regulation should also apply to shares or units of special purpose vehicles and holding companies which an investment product manufacturer may devise with a view to circumventing this Regulation.

(6b)    Packaged investment products should provide clear benefits for retail investors, such as spreading investment risks to many different economic sectors or many underlying assets. However, packaging techniques can also be used to create features of investment products, which aim at misleading consumers, when they make their investment decision.  Certain products with “teaser rates” play on behavioural biases of retail investors, in this case on their preference for immediate attractive returns. The use of product names implying greater safety than is possible plays on the behavioural biases of consumers in a comparable way, addressing their aversion to risk. Consequently, such packaging techniques create a risk that the investor will focus strongly on immediate financial benefits without fully realising the related future risks. This Regulation should aim at avoiding packaging features which exploit biases in the decision making of investors, in order to promote transparency and a better understanding of risks linked to packaged retail investment products.

(7)       Insurance products that do not offer investment opportunities ▌ should ▌be excluded from the scope of the Regulation. ▌Since the focus of this Regulation is on improving the comparability and comprehensibility of information about investment products being marketed to retail investors, ▌occupational pension products and individual pension products should be excluded from the scope of this Regulation, provided that a financial contribution from the employer is required by national law and provided that the employer or the employee has no choice as to the pension product provider. Investment funds dedicated to institutional investors are not within the scope of this Regulation either since they are not for sale to retail investors. However, investment products with the purpose of accumulating savings for individual pensions should remain in scope because they often compete with the other products under this Regulation and are distributed in a similar way to the retail investor.

(8)      In order to provide clarity on the relationship between the obligations established by this Regulation and obligations established by Directive 2003/71/EC of the European Parliament and the Council(9) and by Directive 2009/138/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council(10), it is necessary to establish that those Directives are complementary to this Regulation. In particular, the key information document should incorporate the summary that provides key information as referred to in Article 5(2) in Directive 2003/71/EC following a review of this Regulation.

(8a)    Investment product manufacturers should ensure that the investment product they structure is compatible with the profile of the targeted retail investors. They should therefore set up a prior product approval process to ensure that their investment products do not expose retail investors to underlying assets the risk and reward profile of which is not easily understandable.

(8b)    The competent authorities and the European supervisory authorities (ESAs) should be provided, upon request, with all necessary information to verify the contents of the key information documents, to assess compliance with this Regulation and to ensure the protection of clients and investors in financial markets. The powers of the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) should be aligned in a consistent manner with those of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) under Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on markets in financial instruments repealing Directive 2004/39/EC of the European Parliament and the Council [MIFIR].

(9)      Investment product manufacturers – such as fund managers, insurance undertakings, issuers of securities, credit institutions or investment firms – should draw up the key information document for the investment products they manufacture, as they are in the best position to know the product and are responsible for it. Investment product manufacturers should make the key information document available to the persons selling the investment product. The key information document should be drawn up by the investment product manufacturer, and the annex (including fees), by the person selling the investment product before the products can be sold to retail investors. However, where a product is not sold to retail investors, there is no necessity to draw up a key information document, and where it is impractical for the investment product manufacturer to draw up the key information document, this may be delegated to others. Where the drawing up of the key information document is delegated wholly or partially to third parties, the investment product manufacturer should retain general responsibility for its drawing up and content. In order to ensure widespread dissemination and availability of key information documents, this Regulation should allow for publication by the investment product manufacturer by means of a website of their choice.

(10)    To meet the needs of retail investors, it is necessary to ensure that information on investment products is accurate, fair, clear and not misleading for those investors. This Regulation should therefore lay down common standards for the drafting of the key information document, in order to ensure that it is understandable by retail investors. Given the difficulties many retail investors have in understanding specialist financial terminology, particular attention should be paid to the vocabulary and style of writing used in the document. Rules should also be laid down on the language in which it should be drawn up. The calculations of the costs that may arise should also be explained in an understandable manner. Furthermore, retail investors should be able to understand the key information document on its own without referring to other information. However, this should not preclude the use of cross-references within the key information document to other documents where additional information can be found that might be of interest to some retail investors.

(11)    Retail investors should be provided with the information necessary for them to take an informed investment decision and compare different investment products, but unless the information is short and concise there is a risk they will not use it. The key information document should therefore only contain key information, notably as regards the nature and features of the product, including whether it is possible to lose capital, the costs, ▌risk and reward profile of the product, in the form of a summary indicator, of the product and its underlying investment as well as relevant performance information, and certain other specific information which may be necessary for understanding the features of individual types of products, including those intended to be used for retirement planning. The Commission should consider the opportunity for the European public credit rating agency referred to in the Position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading on 16 January 2013 with a view to the adoption of Regulation (EU) No .../2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1060/2009 on credit rating agencies(11) to provide key information on the risk profile related to sovereign bonds issued by Member States.

(11a)  Investors should be provided with a clear idea of what costs and fees will be incurred in their investment, not only at the point of transaction, but over a period of investment. Fees should be fully disclosed in compound, cumulative terms, as well as in monetary terms. Charges for advice should be calculated in a simpler way to make it easier for the investor to understand what it will cost them.

(11b)  EBA, EIOPA and ESMA should develop an online fund analyser which would allow investors to calculate the end value of their investment after fees and costs have been taken into account.

(12)    The key information document should be drawn up in a format which allows retail investors to compare different investment products, since consumer behaviours and capabilities are such that the format, presentation and content of information must be carefully designed and drafted to maximise engagement with the key information document and so to enhance financial education, understanding and the use of information. The same order of items and headings for these items should be followed for each document. In addition, the details of the information to be included in the key information document for different products and the presentation of this information should be further harmonised through delegated acts that take into account existing and on-going research on consumer behaviour, including results from testing the effectiveness of different ways of presenting information with consumers. In addition, some investment products give the retail investor a choice between multiple underlying investments and may have costs and charges that depend upon the customer's personal characteristics, such as their age or on their chosen investment amount. Those products should be taken into account when drawing up the format.

(12a)  A complexity label for complex products which appear to be unsuitable for retail investors should appear at the top of the key information document. This extra layer of transparency will help consumers make an informed decision about the level of risk they are taking and help avoid the mis-selling of products.

(13)    Increasingly retail investors are not only seeking financial returns with their investment decisions. Often they also pursue other purposes such as social or environmental goals. In addition, information about non-financial aspects of investments can be important for those seeking to make sustainable, long-term investments. However, information on social, environmental or governance outcomes being sought by the investment product manufacturer can be difficult to compare or may be absent. Therefore, it is desirable to further harmonise the details of the information on whether environmental, social or governance issues have been taken into account, and if so in what ways.

(14)    The key information document should be clearly distinguishable and separated from any marketing communications. Its significance should not be diminished by those other documents. The retail investor should confirm receipt.

(15)    In order to ensure that the key information document contains reliable information, this Regulation should require investment product manufacturers and persons selling investment products to keep the key information document up to date. The entity providing or selling the key information document should also keep the information provided to the retail investment up to date. To this end, it is necessary that detailed rules relating to the conditions and frequency of the review of the information and the revision of the key information document and its annex are laid down in a delegated act to be adopted by the Commission. The key information document and all its updates should be communicated to the competent authority.

(16)    Key information documents are the foundation for investment decisions by retail investors. For this reason, investment product manufacturers and persons selling investment products have an important responsibility towards retail investors in ensuring that they comply with the rules of this Regulation. It is therefore important to ensure that retail investors who relied on a key investor document for their investment decision have an effective right of redress. It should also be ensured that all retail investors across the Union have the same right to seek compensation for damages they may suffer due to failures on the part of investment product manufacturers in complying with the requirements set out in this Regulation. Therefore, rules regarding the liability of the investment product manufacturers should be harmonised. Also, a harmonised approach to penalties should be introduced in order to ensure consistency. This Regulation should establish that the retail investor should be able to hold the product manufacturer liable for an infringement of this Regulation in case a loss is caused through the use of the key information document that was misleading, inaccurate or inconsistent with the prospectus or, where no prospectus is prepared, the terms and conditions of the product.

(17)    As retail investors in general do not have close insight as to the internal procedures of investment product manufacturers, ▌ the retail investor should not bear the burden of proof . The retail investor should indicate in what respect he considers that the key information document does not comply with the requirements of this Regulation. It should then be incumbent upon the product manufacturer to respond to the claim.

(18)    The civil liability of an investment product manufacturer which is not covered by this Regulation should be governed by the applicable national law determined by the relevant rules of International Private Law. The competent court to decide on a claim for civil liability brought by a retail investor should be determined by the relevant rules on International Jurisdiction.

(19)    So that the retail investor is able to take an informed investment decision, persons selling investment products should be required to provide the key information document in good time before any transaction is concluded. The investor should provide a signature, in writing or electronically, to demonstrate that they have received the key information document. This requirement should ▌apply irrespective of where or how the transaction takes place. Persons advising on or selling include both distributors and the investment product manufacturer themselves where they choose to advise on or selling the product directly to retail investors. This Regulation is without prejudice to the Directive 2002/65/EC of the European Parliament and the Council(12). Where possible, investors should be provided with a "cooling-off period" during which they may decide to cancel the transaction.

(20)    Uniform rules should be laid down in order to give the person selling the investment product a certain choice with regard to the medium in which the key information document is provided to retail investors allowing for use of electronic communications where it is appropriate having regard to the circumstances of the transaction. However, the retail investor should be given the option to receive it on paper. In the interest of consumer access to information, the key information document should always be provided free of charge.

(21)    To ensure the trust of retail investors in investment products and in financial markets as a whole, requirements should be established for appropriate internal procedures which ensure that retail investors receive a substantive response from the investment product manufacturer to complaints.

(21a)  Although improving investment product disclosures is essential to rebuilding the trust of retail investors in the financial markets, product design rules are equally important to ensure effective retail investor protection. Imperfect advice from financial advisors, bias in decision-making and evidence that financial behaviour depends primarily on psychological attributes give rise to issues that need to be addressed through curbing complexity in the packaging of investment products.

(22)    Procedures for alternative dispute resolution allow for a quicker and less expensive settlement of disputes than the courts and lighten the burden on the court system. For that purpose investment product manufacturers and the persons selling investment products should be under an obligation to participate in those procedures initiated by retailed investors concerning the rights and obligations established by this Regulation, subject to certain safeguards in conformity with the principle of effective judicial protection. In particular, the procedures for alternative dispute resolution should not infringe the rights which the parties to such procedures have to bring legal proceedings before the courts. Directive 2013/11/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council(13) should apply to disputes under this Regulation.

(23)    As the key information document should be produced for investment products by entities operating in the banking, insurance, securities and fund sectors of the financial markets, it is of utmost importance to ensure a smooth co-operation between the various authorities supervising investment product manufacturers so that they have a common approach to the application of this Regulation.

(23a)  The increase of powers and competences allocated to the Union and national supervisory authorities should be facilitated through sufficient staff resources and appropriate financial means.

(24)    In line with the Commission Communication of December 2010 on reinforcing sanctioning regimes in the financial sector and in order to ensure that the requirements set out in this Regulation are fulfilled, it is important that Member States take necessary steps to ensure that breaches of this Regulation are subject to appropriate administrative sanctions and measures. In order to ensure that sanctions have a dissuasive effect and to strengthen investors' protection by warning them about investment products marketed in breach of this Regulation, sanctions and measures should ▌be published▌.

(25)    In order to fulfil the objectives of this Regulation, the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission in respect of specifying details with regard to the presentation and the format of the key information document, on the content of the information to be included in the key information document, detailed requirements with regard to the timing for provision of the key information document as well as in relation to its revision and review. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations and consumer testing during its preparatory work. The Commission, when preparing and drawing up delegated acts, should ensure a simultaneous, timely and appropriate transmission of relevant documents to the European Parliament and Council.

(26)    The Commission should adopt draft regulatory technical standards developed by ESMA, EBA and EIOPA according to Article 8 regarding the methodology underpinning the presentation of risk and reward and the calculation of costs and environmental social or governance criteria by the means of delegated acts pursuant to Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in accordance with the respective Articles 10 to 14 of the Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, 1094/2010 and 1095/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council(14).

(27)    Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data governs the processing of personal data carried out in the Member States in the context of this Regulation and under the supervision of the competent authorities. Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the EU institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data, governs the processing of personal data carried out by the European Supervisory Authorities pursuant to this Regulation and under the supervision of the European Data Protection Supervisor. Any processing of personal data carried out within the framework of this Regulation, such as the exchange or transmission of personal data by the competent authorities should be in accordance with Directive 95/46/EC and any exchange or transmission of information by the European Supervisory Authorities should be in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001.

(28)    While UCITS are investment products within the meaning of this Regulation, the recent establishment of the key investor information requirements under Directive 2009/65/EC means that it would be proportionate to provide to such UCITS a transitional period of 5 years after the entry into force of this Regulation during which time they would not be subject to this Regulation. Following this period they would become subject to this Regulation in the absence of any extension of this transitional period. The same exemption should also apply to non-UCITS funds when these are already required under national laws to establish a key investor information document according to the format and content defined in Articles 78 to 81 of Directive 2009/65/EC.

(29)    A review of this Regulation should be carried out four years after the entry into force of this Regulation in order to take account of market developments, such as the emergence of new types of investment products, as well as developments in other areas of Union law and the experiences of Member States. The review should assess whether the measures introduced have improved the average retail investors' protection and understanding of investment products, their financial education and the comparability of the products. It should also consider whether the transitional period applying to UCITS should be extended, or whether other options for the treatment of UCITS might be considered. On the basis of the review, the Commission should submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council accompanied, if appropriate, by legislative proposals.

(30)    In order to give investment product manufacturers and persons selling investment products sufficient time to prepare for the practical application of the requirements of this Regulation, the requirements of this Regulation should not become applicable until two years after the entry into force of this Regulation. This Regulation should not apply to transactions which have taken place in the past.

(31)    This Regulation respects fundamental rights and observes the principles recognised in particular by the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

(32)    Since the objective of this Regulation, namely to enhance retail investors' protection and improve their confidence in investment products, including where these products are sold cross-border, cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States acting independently of one another, and only action at the European level could address the identified weaknesses, but can rather, by reason of its effects, be better achieved at Union level, the Union may adopt measures, in accordance with principle of subsidiarity as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty of the European Union. In accordance with the principle of proportionality, as set out in that Article, this Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary in order to achieve those objectives,

HAVE ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

CHAPTER ISUBJECT MATTER, SCOPE AND DEFINITIONS

Article 1

This Regulation lays down uniform rules on the format and content of the key information document to be drawn up exclusively by the investment product manufacturers, on the annex to the key information document, which shall be drawn up, where necessary, by the persons selling investment products, on the information to be provided to retail investors by the persons selling investment products in accordance with [MiFID] and Directive of the European Parliament and of the council on insurance mediation [IMD] and on uniform rules on the provision of those documents to retail investors. It aims to enable retail investors to understand and compare the key features and risks of investment product and allocates responsibility to the product manufacturer for the key information document and to the persons selling investment products for the annex.

Article 2

This Regulation shall apply to the manufacturing and selling of investment products.

However, it shall not apply to the following products:

(a)    insurance products which do not offer a surrender value ▌;

(b)    deposits other than structured deposits as defined in Article 4 of (MiFID);

(c)    securities referred to in points (b) to (g), (i) and (j) of Article 1(2) of Directive 2003/71/EC;

(d)    other securities which do not embed a derivative, with the exception of corporate bonds and instruments issued by special purpose vehicles (SPVs);

(e)    officially recognised occupational pension schemes ▌and individual pension products for which a financial contribution from the employer is required by national law and where the employer or employee have no choice as to the pension product or provider.

(f)     officially recognised social security schemes subject to national or Union law.

Article 3

1.          Where investment product manufacturers subject to this Regulation are also subject to Directive 2003/71/EC, this Regulation and Directive 2003/71/EC with the exception of its Article 4(2)(h)(v) thereof, shall both apply.

2.          Where investment product manufacturers subject to this Regulation are also subject to Directive 2009/138/EC, this Regulation and Directive 2009/138/EC shall both apply.

Article 4

For the purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions shall apply:

(a)    'investment product' means a product through which a person can make a financial investment , regardless of the legal form and regardless whether the amount repayable is fixed or variable, including where an investment product is obtained through the direct holding of financial instruments, vehicles or holdings;

(b)    'investment product manufacturer' means:

(i)     any natural or legal person who originally manufactures an investment product;

(ii)     any natural or legal person who makes changes to an existing investment product by altering its risk and reward profile or the costs associated with an investment in the investment product;

(iia)  the issuer of transferable securities offered to the public or admitted to trading on a regulated market pursuant to the provisions of Directive 2003/71/EC and directly held by the retail investors.

(ba)    "person selling investment products" means a person advising, marketing, distributing or selling investment products to a retail investor, a distributor or a person acting as an intermediary for an investment by a retail investor;

(c)    'retail investors' means:

(i)     retail clients as defined in ▌ [reference to MIFID/MIFIR];

ii)      customers who are not professional customers as defined in [Annex I of IMD] [...];

(d)    'pension products' means products which under national law are recognised as having the primary purpose of providing the retail investor an income in retirement, and which entitles the retail investor to certain benefits;

(e)    'durable medium' means a durable medium as defined in Article 2(m) of Directive 2009/65/EC;

(f)     'competent authorities' means the national authorities of Member States, legally empowered to supervise the investment product manufacturer or a person selling an investment product to a retail investor.

CHAPTER IIKEY INFORMATION DOCUMENT

Section 1Drawing up The key information document

Article 5

The investment product manufacturer shall draw up a key information document in accordance with the requirements laid down in this Regulation and for each investment product it produces and shall publish the key information document, together with the prospectus, where relevant, on its website and on a single website to be created by the relevant ESA and the relevant national supervisory authority before the investment product can be distributed in the market and sold to retail investors.

The key information document shall be completed by an annex, where appropriate. The person selling the investment product shall complete the key information document by drawing up and annex thereto. The document and its annex shall also be available in paper form.

The investment product manufacturer shall be responsible for the contents of the key information document, the person selling the product shall be responsible for the annex and for passing the document on to the retail investor, and the person selling the product shall be responsible for the annex and for passing the document on to the retail investor.

Article 5 a

Product approval process

1.  An investment product manufacturer shall ensure that appropriate procedures and policies provide for a balanced consideration of the interests of retail investors, clients and the beneficiaries of such investment product during the development of the investment product, and that the investment product is demonstrably the result of such a balanced consideration.

2.  Before drawing up a key information document in accordance with Article 5 the product manufacturer shall assess the compatibility of the investment product with the interests of retail investors by establishing a documented product approval process.

3.  The product approval process shall ensure that each investment product meets the needs of an identified consumer group and that the product manufacturer has undertaken an assessment of all likely risks relevant for the needs of the identified consumer group. Such an assessment shall include stress testing of the investment product.

4.  The product approval process shall ensure that investment products that are already available on the market are regularly reviewed in order to ensure that the product continues to be compatible with the interests of the identified consumer group.

5.  The product approval process shall be reviewed annually. The investment product manufacturer shall at all times be able to provide the relevant competent authority with an up-to-date and detailed description of the nature and the details of the product approval process.

Section IIForm and content of the key information document

Article 6

1.          The key information document shall be accurate, fair, clear and not misleading. The key information document shall not contain any product advertisements, marketing material, personal endorsements or recommendation to invest.

2.          The key information document shall be a stand-alone document, clearly separate from, but not inferior to, marketing materials. It may contain cross-references to other documents such as a prospectus, where the cross-reference is to information that is additional to the information required to be included in the key information document by this Regulation. It shall not contain cross-references to marketing material.

2a.        Where an investment product provides a retail investor with options in relation to the investment term, choice of benefits or payment amounts or offers a range of underlying investments they can choose from, or where elements of the information in the key information document can vary and depend upon factors specific to an individual retail client, the information required by Article 8(2) may be presented in generic terms and as representative examples. Where this situation arises, the key information document shall clearly indicate in which documents more specific information will be provided.

2b.        The key information document shall clearly specify where and how to obtain additional information about the proposed investment, including where and how a prospectus can be obtained. A prospectus shall be made available on request and free of charge at any time, and the language in which such information is available to retail investors.

3.          The key information document shall be drawn up as a short document written in a concise manner of a maximum of two double-sided A4 pages and an annex which promotes comparability and is:

(a)    presented and laid out in a way that is easy to read, using characters of readable size;

(aa)  focused on the key information that retail investors need;

(b)    clearly expressed and written in language that communicates in a way that facilitates a style readily understandable by the retail investor’s understanding of the information being communicated, in particular where investors at whom it is targeted at, in language that is clear, succinct and comprehensible.

4.          Where colours are used in the key information document, they shall not diminish the comprehensibility of the information if the key information document is printed or photocopied in black and white.

5.          Where the corporate branding or logo of the investment product manufacturer or the group to which it belongs is used in the key information document, it shall not distract the retail investor from the information contained in the document or obscure the text.

Article 7

The key information document shall be written in the official languages, or in one of the official languages used in the part of the Member State where the investment product is distributed, or in another language accepted by the competent authorities of that Member State, or where it has been written in a different language, it shall be translated into one of these languages.

Article 7a

Where the key information document concerns an insurance contract, the insurance undertaking has obligations under this Regulation only towards the policyholder and not towards the beneficiary or insured.

Article 8

1.      The title ‘Key Information Document’ shall appear prominently at the top of the first page of the key information document. The key information document other than the annex thereto shall be produced by one party. The key information document shall carry the name of the product manufacturer responsible for drawing up the key information document and shall clearly state that the product manufacturer is liable for its contents. The annex shall similarly be produced by the person selling and shall state the name of the person or entity and clearly declare that it is liable for the contents of the annex.

The key information document shall be presented in the sequence set out in the following paragraphs.

An explanatory statement shall appear directly underneath the title. It shall read:

You are preparing to buy an investment product.

This document provides you with key information to help you understand the features, risks, costs, potential gains and losses associated to it and in its annex the fee paid to the person selling.

This document is required by law, is not marketing material and is in a standard format to allow comparison.’

2.          The key information document shall contain the following information:

(a)    ▌the name of the investment product and identity of the investment product manufacturer, and holder of legal liability for the document (name and address);

(b)    under a section titled "What is this investment?", the nature and main features of the investment product, including

(i)     the type of the investment product;

(ii)     its objectives and the means for achieving them;

(iia)  information about the intended consumer group of the product including a description in simple terms of the types of investors for whom the investment product is intended, in terms of risk appetite, investment horizon and financial knowledge which is based on the product approval process which the product manufacturer has carried out when structuring the investment product

(iii)    a notification whether or not the investment product ▌targets specific environmental, social or governance outcomes, including but not limited to reducing the carbon footprint, how these are measured and whether or not the product is an investment linked to the production of goods and services, as opposed to solely operations on the financial markets or a synthetic index;

(iiia) the breakdown of the underlying asset portfolio by economic sector directly or indirectly financed;

(c)    under a section titled "What decisions do I have to make?", information about the various decisions a retail investor must make, e.g. fund choice, term, size of premium, including what other benefits or benefit triggers are available;

(d)  under a section titled ▌"What are the risks and what might I get back in return?" having regard to the ▌ market evolution it targets:

(i)        the risk and reward profile of the investment product, including a summary indicator consisting of a clear and easily understandable visualisation of the risk and reward profile of the investment product;

(ii)       indicative future net performance scenarios, accompanied by a narrative explanation of the key risks of the product to put the profile into context; the description of the risks should be clear and easy to understand;

(iii)     for pension products, under a sub-section titled "What might I get when I retire?", projections of possible future outcomes explicitly subdivided into various development scenarios, including the worst-case scenario.

The relevant European Supervisory Authority (ESA) shall develop draft regulatory technical standards laying down the precise definition of a limited range of risk categories and the standards for the visualisation of the summary indicator.

It shall submit those draft regulatory technical standards to the Commission by ...

Power is delegated to the Commission to adopt the regulatory technical standards referred to in the second subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010.

(e)    under a section titled "What can happen with my investment? Are there backstops and what do they cost?" a clear indication of whether loss of capital is possible

(i)     any guarantees and/or capital protection provided, as well as any limitation to these, the aggregated amount including the identity of the possessor of such liability;

ii)     whether the investment product is covered by a compensation or guarantee scheme, and if so, which scheme, the name of the guarantor and which risks are covered by the scheme and which are not;

(iii)  under a sub-section ‘Am I protected by insurance?’, a clear notification as to whether or not the investment product comprises insurance and if so information about such insurance cover;

(iv)    if relevant, other protective measures such as fund depositary, including the identity and function of the parties involved;

(ea)  under a sub-section entitled: "What happens if the investment product manufacturer or seller default?", a brief description of the maximum loss for the retail investor and reference to whether the loss can be recovered by a retail investor compensation or guarantee scheme;

(eb)  under a section titled "What happens if/when I die?", information about what happens to the money held by the product/funds and any additional death benefit;

(f)     under a section titled "What are the costs?", the total costs associated with an investment in the investment product, comprising all direct and indirect costs to be borne by the investor, including summary indicators of these costs, including:

(i) entry, on-going and exit costs as premium payment terms and flexibility, to be borne by the retail investor, making a clear distinction between what comes under the product manufacturer and what falls under the persons selling investment products, including summary indicators of these costs;

(ii) all annual charges and other payments taken from the product over a defined period, including any variable charges (such as transaction costs, stock exchange taxes), which cannot be included in the calculations of costs.

The costs and deductions shall be indicated in a way that shows their compound cumulative effect on the investment over representative periods of investment; and, for comparability reasons, total costs expressed in monetary examples and percentage terms, to show the effects of the total costs on the investment.

If the investment product has a margin cap for possible returns which reduces the net return to the retail investor by giving the manufacturer all profit above the cap, this should be clearly disclosed.

Information shall be provided on how to access the independent online fund calculator operated by the relevant ESA;

(h)    under a section "can I take money out ?":

(i)        the possibility of a cooling off for the investment product.

(ii)       an indication of the recommended or required minimum holding period,

(iii)     the possibility and conditions for any disinvestments before maturity, having regard to the risk and reward profile of the investment product and the market evolution it targets;

(iv)      information about the potential consequences of cashing in before the end of the term or recommended holding period;

(v)       an indication of the average investment horizon of the underlying asset portfolio, based on the average turnover of securities held for trading and the average maturity of debt securities held to maturity.

(ha)  under a section titled "How will I know how my product is doing?", a statement that the manufacturer will transparently inform the customer through a yearly document about the achievement of the investment product. This document shall contain an ex-post disclosure of the investment product's return in the past year. Furthermore, this ex-post return shall be compared to a different investment product with a comparable risk profile. If the customer owns several investment products of a certain manufacturer and covered by this regulation, the aforementioned disclosure and comparison shall by applied to the whole portfolio. Any cost affecting the yield of the investment product shall also be disclosed.

(hb)  under a section titled "How can I complain?", information about how and to whom a client can make a complaint about the product and its administration;

(hc)  under a section titled "What are the other legal documents related to this product", a brief description of documentation (including a prospectus, where relevant) and excluding any marketing material;

(hd)  At a section near the end of the document, a new heading entitled "Information about the product" which states (where applicable) the product's:

      i. International Securities Identification Number (ISIN);

      ii. International Standards on Auditing (ISA) number;

      iii. interest rate;

      iv. stock exchange linked to the product;

      v. currency; and

      vi. issue date.

(he)  name and contact details of the competent authority which regulates the product;

(hf)  under a section titled "Insurance benefits", an indication if the investment product offers insurance benefits and if so, details of these insurance benefits, in accordance with Directive 2009/138/EC, save for Article 8(2) thereof. Where the contract gives a choice between several unit linked life insurances, it shall also include a summary table classifying these units in three categories, according to their riskiness.

 Having regard to Directive 2009/138/EC and in accordance with Article 8 of this Regulation, EIOPA shall be empowered to determine:

(i)        the main features of the insurance contract;

(ii)      the exact form of the specific insurance document;

(iii)     the content of the specific insurance document, including the asset allocation options offered to the retail investor;

(iv)       the rules to classify the units in 3 categories.

        The investment product manufacturer shall distribute a key information document for each underlying investment of insurance contracts eligible to this Regulation. The underlying investments include the units of account and/or the currency-denominated funds if relevant and the category of riskiness attached to each of them.

3.        The annex to the key information document shall disclose the identity of the person selling investment products and also, where applicable, shall specify:

(a)       an indication that national tax legislation of the investor's home Member State may have a significant impact on the expected and actual return of investment;

(b)       the costs related to the investment product when he is the intermediary, including the commissions, retrocessions or other benefits related to the transaction paid by the manufacturer or a third party, as provided for in Directive 2004/39/EC and Directive 2002/39/EC(15).

3a.      The relevant ESA shall develop an independent online fund calculator which will be included on its website. The fund calculator shall allow investors to compute the reward of a proposed retail investment product by entering information on the expected duration of the investment, the amount of the investment, and the assumed underlying investment return in percentage terms in order to determine the end value of the investment after costs.

The fund calculator shall include in its calculation the costs and fees charged by the various investment product manufacturers for any fund sold to the public, together with any further costs or fees charged by intermediaries or other parts of the investment chain, not already included by the product manufacturers.

Investment product manufacturers and persons recommending or selling investment products shall be required to submit relevant data to the relevant ESA on a quarterly basis, with a maximum delay of 60 days for that purpose.

The relevant ESA shall be provided with the resources with which to carry out this work. It shall work closely with the other ESAs where necessary.

4.          The information referred to in paragraph 2 shall be presented in a common format including the common headings and following the standardised order set out in paragraph 2, so as to allow for comparison with the key information document for any other investment product and prominently display a common symbol to distinguish the document from other documents.

5.          The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 23 specifying the details of the presentation and the content of each of the elements of information referred to in paragraph 2, including the effect of introducing risk indicators, and in paragraph 3(a), the presentation and details of the other information the product manufacturer and the person selling investment products may include within the key information document as referred to in paragraph 3, and the details of the common format and the common symbol referred to in paragraph 4. The Commission shall take into account the differences between investment products and the capabilities of retail investors as well as the features of investment products that allow the retail investor to select between different underlying investments or other options provided for by the product, including where this selection can be undertaken at different points in time, or changed in the future.

The Commission shall also be empowered to adopt delegated acts laying down guidelines for the development of Union criteria for social and environmental investment products. Those criteria should support long-term financing economy and promote sustainable environmental and social development in financial investments and promote the establishment of a Unionwide label for sustainable investment. The Commission shall also be empowered to adopt delegated acts laying to define the standards for those environmental notifications on the possible environmental risks.

Before adopting the delegated acts set out in this paragraph, the Commission shall conduct consumer testing in order to select the most appropriate measures for retail investors. The Commission in close cooperation with the three European Supervisory Authorities shall also draw up sample key information documents that take into account the differences between investment products.

6.          The European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) shall develop draft regulatory standards to determine:

(a)    the methodology underpinning the presentation of risk and reward profiles as referred to in point (e) of paragraph 2 of this Article;

(b)    the calculation of costs, including the specification of summary indicators, as referred to in point (f) of paragraph 2 of this Article;

(ba)  the principles to be used for environmental, social or governance outcomes as referred to in paragraph 2(b)(iii).

(bb)  to each of the questions referred to in this Article, the list of products to which they apply.

The draft regulatory technical standards shall take into account the different types of investment products and the work already performed under [MiFID], [IMD], Directive 2003/71/EC, Directive 2009/138/EC and Directive 2009/65/EC introducing a key investor information document for UCITS.

The European Supervisory Authorities shall submit those draft regulatory technical standards to the Commission by […].

Power is conferred on the Commission to adopt the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with the procedure set out in Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation 1094/2010 and Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010.

Article 8a

Complexity label

1.          Investment products exposed to one or more of the risks described in paragraph 2 shall disclose at the top of the first page of the key information document in clearly visible print the following statement:

"Complexity label: This product is considered to be very complex, and may not be appropriate for all retail investors."

2.           Investment products shall be considered not to be aimed at retail investors if one or more of the following conditions are met:

(a) the risk-reward profile or the costs are presented in an overly complicated manner;

(b) the product invests in underlying assets not commonly invested in by non-professional investors;

(c) the risk-reward profile is conditional upon the simultaneous occurrence of two or more events linked to at least two different asset classes;

(d) a number of different mechanisms are used to calculate the final return on the investment, creating a greater risk of misunderstanding on the part of the retail investor;

(e) the investment return includes packaging features which take advantage of retail investors´ behavioural biases, such as by offering a "teaser" fixed rate followed by a much higher floating conditional rate, or an iterative formula;

(f) the global exposure of the financial product, measured by its monthly value-at-risk calculated within a 99% confidence interval at the time of trade, is above 20%.

3.        EBA, EIOPA and ESMA The ESAs shall develop guidelines on the conditions referred to in paragraph 2.

The ESAs shall submit those draft regulatory technical standards to the Commission by [6 months after the publication in the OJ].

Power is conferred on the Commission to adopt the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, of Regulation 1094/2010 and of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010.

Article 9

Marketing communications ▌relating to the investment product shall not include any statement that contradicts the information contained in ▌ or diminishes the significance of the key information document. Marketing communications shall inform that a key information document is published on an official website of the competent authority with the direct link. A paper copy may be forwarded upon request to the manufacturer or to the persons selling investment products free of charge.

Article 10

1.          The investment product manufacturer shall review the information contained in the key information document regularly and shall revise the document where the review indicates that material changes need to be made in accordance with Article 8, in particular if materially significant changes have been made to the product and in particular with regard to the appreciation of risks or the creation of value in the investment management and relevant risk in the investment management, and make available promptly the revised version. Such a revision shall include the utilisation of the standards defined in the investment product key information documents which indicate that changes need to be made. This shall be expressed clearly, concisely and comprehensibly in the descriptive part of the annual report and shall include a true and fair summary of the performance of the investment assets, the total aggregated, the costs, the investment management strategies, the creation of value in the investment management and the development of relevant risk in the investment management, including the standards laid down in the investment product key information documents.

2.          The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 23 laying down detailed rules for the review of the information contained in the key information document and the revision of the key information document, having regard to the nature of the investment product, as regards:

(a)    the conditions and the frequency for reviewing the information contained in the key information document;

(b)    the conditions under which information contained in the key information document must be revised, and under which it is obligatory or optional to republish and redistribute the revised key information document;

(c)    the specific conditions under which information contained in the key information document must be reviewed or the key information document revised where an investment product is made available to retail investors in a non-continuous manner;

(d)    the circumstances referring to the product itself or the market conditions in which retail investors are to be informed about a revised key information document for an investment product purchased by them.

Article 11

1.          Key investor information is pre-contractual information. It shall therefore be fair, clear and not misleading. It shall provide key information and shall be consistent with any binding contractual documents, with the relevant parts of the offer documents and with the terms and conditions of the investment product. Where an investment product manufacturer has produced a key information document which does not comply with the requirements of this Regulation and on which a retail investor has relied when making an investment decision, such a retail investor may claim from the investment product manufacturer damages for any loss caused to that retail investor through the use of the key information document and may, where appropriate, return the investment product and have losses refunded. Where a person selling investment products has produced an annex to a key information document which does not comply with the requirements of this Regulation and on which a retail investor has relied when making an investment decision, such a retail investor may claim, from the person selling investment products, damages for any loss caused to that retail investor through the use of the annex and may, where appropriate, return the investment product and have losses refunded.

2.          When a retail investor demonstrates a loss and that identified information contained in the key information document was misleading, the investment product manufacturer or the person selling investment products shall prove that the key information document has been drawn up in compliance with Articles 6, 7 and 8 of this Regulation. Civil liability of the investment product manufacturer may arise in such cases on the basis of the key information document, including any translation thereof.

3.          The product manufacturer shall be liable under civil law if a retail investor incurs losses resulting from their reliance on a key information document that failed to meet the requirements under paragraph 1 or 2 above. Such liability shall not be limited or waived by contractual clauses, or by way of approval of the competent authority.

Section IIIProvision of the key information document

Article 12

1.          A person selling an investment product to retail investors shall provide them with the key information document drawn up by the investment product manufacturer promptly and in good time before any commitment is entered into relating to the investment product. Where an investment product is recommended to a client, the key information document shall be provided promptly.

1a.        A person shall obtain prior written permission from the investment product manufacturer to distribute their key investor document to the retail investor. Such permission may be given by the investment product manufacturer on an indefinite basis, for a limited period of time, or subject to conditions. Where any specified condition is not met, such permission shall be deemed not to have been granted for the purposes of this paragraph.

1ab.      The retail investors shall confirm in writing or electronically that they have received the key information document.

2.          By way of derogation from paragraph 1, and subject to Article 13(5), a person selling an investment product shall provide the retail investor with the official website where the key information document can be found before conclusion of the transaction where:

(a)    the retail investor chooses to conclude the transaction using a means of distance communication where:

(b)    the provision of the key information document in accordance with paragraph 1 is not possible, and

(ba)  the retail investor asks to receive the key information document straight after the conclusion of the transaction, rather than delaying the transaction in order to receive the document in advance. The person selling or advising on the investment product shall not offer this option before the retail investor requests it;

(c)    ▌the person selling the investment product has informed the retail investor of this fact.

3.          Where successive transactions regarding the same investment product are carried out on behalf of a retail investor in accordance with instructions given by that retail investor to the person selling the investment product prior to the first transaction, the obligation to provide a key information document under paragraph 1 shall only apply to the first transaction, unless the key information document has been updated since the first transaction or a new annual report is available.

4.          The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 23 specifying:

(a)    the conditions for fulfilling the requirement to provide the key information document in good time as laid down in paragraph 1;

(b)    the method and the time limit for the provision of the key information document in accordance with paragraph 2.

Article 13

1.          The person selling an investment product shall provide the key information document before a binding agreement is made with a retail investor and free of charge. A paper copy shall be provided free of charge where the investment recommendation or the intermediary service is provided in person.

2.          The person advising on or selling an investment product, or acting as an intermediary in its sale, shall provide the key information document to the retail investor in one of the following media, which must be genuinely accessible for the retail investor:

(a)    on paper;

(b)    using a durable medium other than paper, where the conditions laid down in paragraph 4 are met; or

(c)    by means of a website where the conditions laid down in paragraph 5 are met.

3.          However, where the key information document is provided using a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website, a paper copy shall be provided to retail investors upon request and free of charge.

4.          The key information document may be provided using a durable medium other than paper if the following conditions are met:

(a)    the use of the durable medium is appropriate in the context of the business conducted between the person advising on or selling an investment, or acting as an intermediary in its sale, product and the retail investor; and

(b)    the retail investor has been given the choice between information on paper and in the durable medium, and has chosen that other medium.

5.          The key information document may be provided by the means of a website if the key information document is addressed personally to the retail investor or if the following conditions are met:

(a)    the provision of the key information document by means of a website is appropriate in the context of the business conducted between the person advising on or selling an investment product, or acting as an intermediary in its sale, and the retail investor;

(b)    the retail investor has consented to the provision of the key information document by means of a website;

(c)    the retail investor has been notified electronically of the address of the website, and the place on the website where the key information document can be accessed;

(d)    where the key information document has been revised in accordance with Article 10 the most recent version shall also be provided to the retail investor; on request of the retail investor, previous versions shall also be provided;

(e)    it is ensured that the key information document remains accessible on the website for such period of time as the retail investor may reasonably need to consult it.

6.          For the purposes of paragraph 4 and 5, the provision of information using a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website shall be regarded as appropriate in the context of the business conducted between the person selling an investment product and the retail investor, if there is evidence that the retail investor has regular access to the Internet. The provision by the retail investor of an e-mail address for the purposes of that business shall be regarded as such evidence.

CHAPTER II a

PRODUCT INTERVENTION

Article 13a

Intervention powers of the ESAs

1.          In accordance with Article 9(2) of Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, of Regulation (EU) No 1094/2010 or of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010, the ESAs shall monitor investment products or financial instruments which are marketed, distributed or sold in the Union. The ESAs may investigate new investment products or financial instruments before they are marketed, distributed or sold in the Union in cooperation with the competent authorities.

2.           In accordance with Article 9(5) of Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, of Regulation (EU) No 1094/2010 or of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010, an ESA may, where it is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the conditions in paragraphs 3 and 4 of this Article are fulfilled, temporarily prohibit or restrict in the Union the marketing, distribution or sale of investment products or financial instruments.

The ESAs may specify in which circumstances a prohibition or restriction is to apply or be subject to exceptions.

3.           An ESA shall only take a decision under paragraph 2 if all of the following conditions are fulfilled:

(a)    the proposed action addresses a significant threat to retail investor protection or to the orderly functioning and integrity of financial markets or to the stability of the whole or part of the financial system in the Union;

(b)    regulatory requirements under Union legislation that are applicable to the relevant investment product, financial instrument or activity do not address the threat;

(c)     a competent authority or competent authorities have not taken action to address the threat or actions that have been taken do not adequately address the threat.

Where the conditions set out in the first subparagraph are fulfilled, an ESA may impose a prohibition or restriction as referred to in paragraph 2.

4.        When taking action under this Article an ESA shall take into account the extent to which the action neither:

(a)    has a detrimental effect on the efficiency of financial markets or on retail investors that is disproportionate to the benefits of the action; nor

(b)    creates a risk of regulatory arbitrage.

Where a competent authority or competent authorities have taken a measure under Article 13b, an ESA may take any of the measures referred to in paragraph 2 without issuing the opinion provided for in Article 13c.

5.        Before deciding to take any action under this Article, an ESA shall notify the competent authorities of the action it proposes.

6.        Before taking a decision under paragraph 2, an ESA shall give notice of its intention to prohibit or restrict an investment product or financial instrument unless certain changes are made to features of the investment product or financial instrument within a specified timescale.

7.        Each ESA shall publish on its website notice of any decision to take any action under this Article. The notice shall specify details of the prohibition or restriction and specify a time after the publication of the notice from which the measures will take effect. A prohibition or restriction shall only apply to action taken after the measures take effect.

8.        The relevant ESAs shall review a prohibition or restriction imposed under paragraph 2 at appropriate intervals and at least every three months. If the prohibition or restriction is not renewed after that three-month period it shall expire.

9.        Action adopted by the ESAs under this Article shall prevail over any previous action taken by a competent authority.

10.      The Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 23 specifying criteria and factors to be taken into account by the ESAs in determining when the threats to retail investor protection or to the orderly functioning and integrity of financial markets and to the stability of the whole or part of the financial system of the Union referred to in paragraph 2(a) arise. Those delegated acts shall ensure that the ESAs are able to act, where appropriate, on a precautionary basis and that they are not be required to wait until the investment product or financial instrument has been marketed, distributed or sold, or the type of activity or practice has been undertaken before taking action.

Article 13b

Product intervention by competent authorities

1.          Investment product manufacturers shall communicate the key information document of their investment product to the competent authority which regulates that product in the Member State where it is marketed, distributed or sold.

2.          Investment product manufacturers shall communicate updates to the key investor document, reflecting materially significant changes as defined by the ESA(s), to the competent authority which regulates that product in the Member State where it is marketed, distributed or sold.

3.          The competent authority may ensure compliance of the content laid down in the key information document with the provisions of the Chapter II of this Regulation prior to the marketing, distribution or sale of the investment product.

4.          The competent authority may investigate new investment products or financial instruments before they are marketed, distributed or sold in or from the Member State.

5.          A competent authority may prohibit or restrict in or from that Member State:

(a)    the marketing, distribution or sale of investment products or financial instruments;

(b)    a type of financial activity or practice.

6.          A competent authority may take the action referred to in paragraph 6 if it is satisfied on reasonable grounds that:

(a)    an investment product, a financial instrument or activity or practice gives rise to significant investor protection concerns or poses a serious threat to the orderly functioning and integrity of financial markets or the stability of whole or part of the financial system within one or more Member States, including through the marketing, distribution, remuneration or provision of inducements related to the investment product or financial instrument;

(b)    a derivative product has a detrimental effect on the price formation mechanism in the underlying market;

(c)     existing regulatory requirements under Union law applicable to the investment product, financial instrument or activity or practice do not sufficiently address the risks referred to in point (a) and the issue would not be better addressed by improved supervision or enforcement of existing requirements;

(d)    the action is proportionate taking into account the nature of the risks identified, the level of sophistication of retail investors or market participants concerned and the likely effect of the action on retail investors and market participants who may hold, use or benefit from the financial instrument or activity;

(e)     the competent authority has properly consulted competent authorities in other Member States that may be significantly affected by the action; and

(f)     the action does not have a discriminatory effect on services or activities provided from another Member State.

Where the conditions set out in the first subparagraph are fulfilled, the competent authority may impose a prohibition or restriction on an investment product or financial instrument marketed, distributed or sold to clients in or from the Member State.

A prohibition or restriction may apply in circumstances, or be subject to exceptions, specified by the competent authority.

7.          Before imposing a prohibition or restriction under paragraph 5, the competent authority shall give notice of its intention to prohibit or restrict an investment product or financial instrument unless certain changes are made to features of the investment product or financial instrument within a specified timescale.

8.          The competent authority shall not impose a prohibition or restriction under this Article unless, not less than one month before it takes the action, it has notified all other competent authorities involved and the ESAs in writing or through another medium agreed between the authorities of details of:

(a)    the financial instrument or activity or practice to which the proposed action relates;

(b)    the precise nature of the proposed prohibition or restriction and when it is intended to take effect; and

(c)     the evidence upon which it has based its decision and upon which is satisfied that each of the conditions in paragraph 6 are met.

9.          Where the time needed to consult in accordance with paragraph 3(e) and the one-month delay provided for in paragraph 8 could cause irreversible damage to consumers, the competent authority may take action under this Article on a provisional basis for a period not exceeding three months. In that case the competent authority shall immediately inform all other authorities and the ESAs of the action taken.

10.        The competent authority shall publish on its website notice of any decision to impose any prohibition or restriction referred to in paragraph 5. The notice shall specify details of the prohibition or restriction, a time after the publication of the notice from which the measures will take effect and the evidence upon which it is satisfied each of the conditions in paragraph 6 are met. The prohibition or restriction shall only apply in relation to actions taken after the publication of the notice.

11.        The competent authority shall revoke a prohibition or restriction if the conditions in paragraph 6 no longer apply.

12.        The Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 23 specifying criteria and factors to be taken into account by competent authorities in determining when the threats to investor protection or to the orderly functioning and integrity of financial markets and to the stability of the whole or part of the financial system of the Union referred to in paragraph 3(a) arise.

Article 13c

Coordination role of the ESAs

1.          Each ESA shall perform a facilitation and coordination role in relation to action taken by competent authorities under Article 13b. In particular each ESA shall ensure that action taken by a competent authority is justified and proportionate and that, where appropriate, a consistent approach is taken by competent authorities.

2.          After receiving notification under Article 13b of any action that is to be imposed under that Article, an ESA shall adopt an opinion on whether it considers the prohibition or restriction is justified and proportionate. If the ESA considers that the taking of a measure by other competent authorities is necessary to address the risk, it shall also state this in its opinion. The opinion shall be published on the ESA's website.

3.        Where a competent authority proposes to take, or takes, action contrary to an opinion adopted by an ESA under paragraph 2 or declines to take action contrary to such an opinion, it shall immediately publish on its website a notice fully explaining its reasons for so doing.

Article 13d

Disclosure of fees and costs

The following information shall be provided by the person selling the investment product on a document separate from the key information document:

1. All fees referred to in Article 8(2)(c) shall be disclosed in a cumulative way. They shall not be reclassified as part of the investment when they appear in a lower layer of the investment.

2. Investment advice charges shall not be based on flat percentage rates, unless prior agreement is obtained by the investor. If a flat percentage rate is agreed, the person selling the investment product shall provide full disclosure of what this will signify over the duration of the investment, or for a time period requested by the investor.

3. The person selling the investment product, or advising the investor, shall provide the investor with a breakdown of the time spent working on that advice, and this shall be communicated in the form of minutes or hours, against which there shall be an hourly rate, unless a flat percentage rate has been agreed as referred to in paragraph 2.

4. When an hourly rate is charged, the total amount charged for providing advice shall not exceed [€200].

Article 13e

Risk management

1.        The investment product manufacturer shall employ a risk-management process which enables it to monitor and measure at any time the risk profile of the investment product.

It shall employ a process for accurate and independent assessment of the value of OTC derivatives.

It shall communicate to the competent authorities of its home Member State regularly in regard to the types of derivative instruments, the underlying risks, the quantitative limits and the methods which are chosen in order to estimate the risks associated with transactions in derivative instruments regarding each product.

2.        The investment product manufacturer shall ensure that the investment product's global exposure relating to derivative instruments does not exceed the investment product's total value.

The exposure is calculated taking into account the current value of the underlying assets, the counterparty risk, future market movements and the time available to liquidate the positions.

When transferable securities or money market instruments embed a derivative, the derivative shall be taken into account when complying with the requirements of this Article.

3.        The calculation of the value-at-risk should be carried out in accordance with the following parameters:

(a)   a one-tailed confidence interval of 99 %;

(b)    a holding period equivalent to 1 month (20 business days); and

(c)    an effective observation period (history) of risk factors of at least three years (750 business days) unless a shorter observation period is justified by a significant increase in price volatility (e.g. due to extreme market conditions).

4.        The ESAs shall develop draft regulatory standards to determine:

(a)    guidelines on risk measurement and the calculation of global exposure of the investment products sold to retail investors;

(b)    guidelines on financial indices.

The ESAs shall submit those draft regulatory technical standards to the Commission by [...].

Power is conferred on the Commission to adopt the regulatory technical standards referred to in the first subparagraph in accordance with Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, of Regulation 1094/2010 and of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010.

Article 13f

Payoff rules

1.        The payoff of an investment product shall not:

(a)    include a number of mechanisms, events or asset classes creating a risk of misinterpretation;

(b)    be conditional upon the occurrence of events uncommon for retail investors, such as the level of regulatory capital of a financial institution; or

(c)    include packaging features playing on the behavioural biases of retail investors.

2.        The ESAs shall develop guidelines providing further guidance on the conditions referred to in paragraph 1.

CHAPTER IIICOMPLAINTS, REDRESS, COOPERATION

Article 14

The investment product manufacturer and the person selling the investment product shall establish appropriate procedures and arrangements which ensure that:

(a)  retail investors have an effective way of submitting a complaint against the investment product manufacturer and hence a redress procedure;

(b)  retail investors who have submitted a complaint in relation to the key information document or the annex to the key information document receive a substantive reply in a timely and proper manner; and

(c)  effective redress procedures are also available to retail investors in the event of cross-border disputes, in particular where the investment product manufacturer is located in another Member State or in a third country.

Article 15

1.          In accordance with the Directive on alternative dispute resolution for consumer disputes [2011/0373(COD)] and the Regulation on online disputes resolution for consumer disputes [2011/0374(COD)], Member States shall ensure that where a retail investor initiates a procedure for alternative dispute resolution laid down in national law against an investment product manufacturer or a person selling investment products with regard to a dispute concerning rights and obligations established under this Regulation, the investment product manufacturer or the person selling investment products shall participate in that procedure ▌:

(a)    the procedure results in decisions which may be binding for the investment product manufacturer and the person selling the investment product;

(b)    the limitation period for bringing the dispute before a court is suspended for the duration of the procedure for alternative dispute resolution;

(c)    the period of prescription of the claim is suspended for the duration of the procedure;

(d)    the procedure is free of charge or available for a nominal fee, as specified in national legislation.

1a.        Member States shall ensure that where alternative dispute resolution entities are permitted to establish pre-specified monetary thresholds in order to limit the access to alternative dispute resolution procedures, the thresholds should not be set at a level, where they significantly impair the consumers' access to complaint handling by alternative dispute resolution entities.

2.          Member States shall notify the Commission of the entities with competence to deal with the procedures referred to in paragraph 1 by [insert concrete date 6 months after entry into force/application of this Regulation]. They shall notify the Commission without delay of any subsequent change concerning those entities.

3.          Entities with competence to deal with the procedures referred to in paragraph 1 shall cooperate with each other on the resolution of cross-border disputes arising under this Regulation.

Article 15a

Information about alternative dispute resolutions

1.          Member States shall ensure that investment product manufacturer or a person selling investment product inform the retail investor about the alternative dispute resolution entities by which they are covered and which are competent to deal with potential disputes between themselves and the retail investor. They shall also specify whether or not they commit or are obliged to use these entities to resolve disputes with retail investors.

2.          The information referred to in paragraph 1 shall be mentioned in a clear, comprehensible and easily accessible way on the traders' website, where one exists, and if applicable in the general terms and conditions of sales or service contracts between the trader and a consumer.

3.          Member States shall ensure that, in cases where a dispute between a retail investor and a investment product manufacturer or a person selling investment product in their territory could not be settled further to a complaint submitted directly by the retail investor to the investment product manufacturer or at person selling investment product, the latter provide to the retail investor information referred to in paragraph 1, specifying whether he will make use of the relevant alternative dispute resolution entities to settle the dispute. That information shall be provided on paper or another durable medium.

Article 15b

Collective alternative disputes resolutions

Member States may maintain or introduce alternative disputes resolution procedures dealing jointly with identical or similar disputes between a manufacturer and a person selling investment products and several retail investors. Alternative disputes resolutions systems for both individual end collective disputes and redress are complementary and not mutually exclusive procedures.

Article 16

For the purposes of the application of this Regulation the competent authorities shall cooperate with each other and with the entities responsible for out-of-court complaint and redress procedures referred to in Article 15.

In particular, the competent authorities shall, without undue delay, provide each other with such information as is relevant for the purposes of carrying out their duties under this Regulation.

Article 17

1.          Member States shall apply Directive 95/46/EC to the processing of personal data carried out in that Member State pursuant to this Regulation.

2.          Regulation EC No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council shall apply to the processing of personal data carried out by EBA, EIOPA and ESMA.

CHAPTER IVADMINSTRATIVE

PENALTIES AND OTHER MEASURES

Article 18

1.          Member States shall lay down rules establishing appropriate administrative penalties and other measures to be applied to situations which constitute a breach of the provisions of this Regulation and shall take all necessary measures to ensure that they are implemented. Those penalties and other measures shall be effective, proportionate and dissuasive.

By [24 months after entry into force of this Regulation] the Member States shall notify the rules referred to in the first subparagraph to the Commission and to the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities. They shall notify the Commission and the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities without delay of any subsequent amendment thereto.

2.          ▌Competent authorities shall have, in accordance with national law, all supervisory powers, including investigatory powers, available to them as necessary to fulfil their duties under this Regulation

2a.        In the exercise of their powers under Article 19, competent authorities shall cooperate closely to ensure that the administrative penalties and other measures produce the desired results of this Regulation and coordinate their action in order to avoid possible duplication and overlap when applying administrative penalties and other measures to cross-border cases.

Article 19

1.          This Article applies to any breaches of this Regulation.

2.          Member States shall ensure that the competent authorities have the power to impose at least the following administrative penalties and other administrative measures ▌:

(a)    an order prohibiting the marketing of an investment product;

(b)    an order suspending the marketing of an investment product;

(c)    a warning, which is made public and which identifies the person responsible and the nature of the breach;

(d)    an order for the publication of a new version of a key information document;

(da)  in the case of a legal person, administrative fines of up to 10% of the total annual turnover of that legal person in the preceding business year; where the legal person is a subsidiary of a parent undertaking, the relevant total annual turnover shall be the total annual turnover resulting from the consolidated account of the ultimate parent undertaking in the preceding business year;

(db)  in the case of a natural person, administrative fines of up to EUR 5 000 000, or in a Member States where the euro is not the official currency, the corresponding value in the national currency on …*[the date of entry into force of this Regulation].

3.          Member States shall ensure that, where the competent authorities have imposed one or more administrative penalties and other measures ▌in accordance with paragraph 2, the competent authorities have the power to issue or require the investment product manufacturer or person selling the investment product to issue a direct communication to the retail investor concerned, giving them information about the administrative penalty or other measure ▌, and informing them where to lodge complaints or submit claims for redress.

Article 20

The competent authorities shall apply the administrative measures penalties and other measures referred to in Article 19(2) taking into account all relevant circumstances including:

(a)    the gravity and the duration of the breach;

(b)    the degree of responsibility of the responsible natural or legal person;

(c)    the impact of the breach on retail investors' interests;

(d)    the cooperative behaviour of the natural or legal person responsible for the breach;

(e)    any previous breaches by the responsible natural or legal person.

(ea)   all measures taken by the responsible person to prevent any repetition of the breach in the future.

(eb)  any compensation provided to retail investors by the responsible person following the breach.

Article 21

1.          Where the competent authority has disclosed administrative penalties and other measures ▌to the public, it shall simultaneously report those administrative penalties and other measures ▌to EBA, EIOPA and ESMA.

2.          The Member States shall once a year provide the competent ESA with aggregate information regarding the administrative ▌ penalties and other measures imposed in accordance with Articles 18 and 19(2).

3.          EBA, ESMA and EIOPA shall publish this information in an annual report.

Article 22

Penalties and other measures imposed for the breaches referred to in Article 19(1) shall be disclosed to the public without undue delay including at least information on the type of breach of this Regulation and the identity of those responsible for it ▌. Competent authorities may withhold the identity of the entity subject to administrative penalties or other measures on their website after no less than five years.

CHAPTER IVFINAL PROVISIONS

Article 23

1.          The power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

2.          The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Articles 8(5), 10(2) ▌,12(4), 13a(10) and 13b(9) shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of [ two years] from the entry into force of this Regulation. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

3.          The delegation of powers referred to in Articles 8(5), 10(2) ▌,12(4)), 13a(10) and 13b(9) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision of revocation shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

4.          As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.

5.          A delegated act adopted pursuant to Articles 8(5), 10(2) ▌, 12(4), 13a(10) and 13b(9) shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of 2 months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by [2 months] at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.

5a.        Without prejudice to the other provisions of Regulations (EU) No 1093/2010, 1094/2010 and 1095/2010, the period for objection by the European Parliament and the Council in case of endorsement of the draft regulatory technical standard without changes by the Commission shall be two months [because of the complexity and volume of the issues covered]. That period may be extended once on initiative of the European Parliament or the Council for a further one month.

Article 23 a

Further provisions for draft regulatory technical standards

1.        Notwithstanding any time limit provided for the submission of draft regulatory technical standards to the Commission, phasing of submissions shall be agreed which shall specify texts or groups of texts due for submission 12, 18 and 24 months in advance.

2.        The Commission shall not adopt regulatory technical standards in a manner that, in times of recess, reduces the scrutiny time of the European Parliament, including any extension, to less than two months.

3.        The ESAs may consult the European Parliament during the drafting stages of the regulatory technical standards, particularly where there are concerns regarding the scope of this Regulation.

4.        Where the competent committee of the European Parliament has rejected regulatory technical standards and there is less than two weeks until the start of the following plenary session, the European Parliament may further extend the period for objection referred to in Article 23(5a) to the date of the plenary session after the following one.

5.        In the event of a rejection of a regulatory technical standard and where the identified issues are of limited scope, the Commission may adopt an accelerated timetable for delivering revised drafts.

6.        The Commission shall ensure that all queries of the European Parliament's scrutiny team raised formally via the Chair of the competent committee shall be answered promptly before the adoption of the draft regulatory technical standard.

Article 24

1.        Management companies and investment companies referred to under Article 2 (1) and Article 27 of Directive 2009/65/EC and persons selling units of UCITS as defined in Article 1(2) of that Directive are exempt from the obligations under this Regulation until ...* [OJ: please insert the date three years after the entry into force].

1a.      AIFMs as defined in Article 4(1)(b) of Directive 2011/61/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council(16), and persons selling units of AIFs as defined in Article4(1)(a) of that Directive, shall be exempt from the obligations under this Regulation until ...* [OJ: please insert the date three years after the date of entry into force of this Regulation] provided that they provide a key investor information document pursuant to national law in accordance with Article 78 of Directive 2009/65/EC or relevant provisions of national law.

Article 25

1.          By ...* [Four years after the date of entry into force of this Regulation], the Commission shall review this Regulation. The review shall include a general survey of the practical application of the rules laid down in this Regulation, taking due account of developments in the market for retail investment products▌ The review shall also reflect on a possible extension of the scope of this Regulation to other new or innovative financial products distributed in the Union.

2.          After consulting the Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities, the Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament and to the Council, accompanied, if appropriate, by a legislative proposal.

2a         From …(17)*[the date of entry into force of this Regulation], investment manufacturers shall produce the key information document in accordance with this Regulation and shall be exempt from submitting a summary of a prospectus under Article 5(2) of Directive 2003/71/EC.

Article 26

This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

It shall apply from ...(18)*.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at ...,

For the European Parliament                      For the Council

The President                                                The President

(1)

         OJ C 70, 9.3.2013, p. 2

(2)

         OJ C 11, 15.1.2013, p. 59.

(3)

*          Amendments: new or amended text is highlighted in bold italics; deletions are indicated by the symbol ▌.

(4)

          OJ C 70, 9.3.2013, p. 2.

(5)

          OJ C 11, 15.1.2013, p. 59.

(6)

         Position of the European Parliament of ....

(7)

         Directive 2004/39/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 21 April 2004 on markets in financial instruments amending Council Directives 85/611/EEC and 93/6/EEC and Directive 2000/12/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Council Directive 93/22/EEC(OJ L 145, 30.4.2004. p. 1).

(8)

         Directive 2002/92/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 December 2002 on insurance mediation (OJ L 9, 15.1.2003, p. 3).

(9)

         Directive 2003/71/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 4 November 2003 on the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading and amending Directive 2001/34 (OJ L 345, 31.12.2003, p. 64).

(10)

         Directive 2009/138/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the taking-up and pursuit of the business of Insurance and Reinsurance (Solvency II) (OJ L 335, 17.12.2009, p. 1).

(11)

        Texts Adopted, P7_TA(2013)0012.

(12)

       Directive 2002/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on 23 September 2002 concerning the distance marketing of consumer financial services and amending Council Directive 90/619/EEC and Directives 97/7/EC and 98/27/EC (OJ L 271, 9.10.2002, p. 16).

(13)

       Directive 2013/11/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 May 2013 on alternative dispute resolution for consumer disputes and amending Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 and Directive 2009/22/EC (Directive on consumer ADR) (OJ L 165, 18.6.2013, p. 63).

(14)

       Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 establishing a European Supervisory Authority (European Banking Authority) (OJ L 331, 15.12.2010, p. 12), Regulation (EU) No 1094/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 establishing a European Supervisory Authority (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) (OJ L 331, 15.12.2010, p. 48) and Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 November 2010 establishing a European Supervisory Authority (European Securities and Markets Authority) (OJ L 331, 15.12.2010, p. 84).

(15)

        Directive 2002/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 June 2002 amending Directive 97/67/EC with regard to the further opening to competition of Community postal services (OJ L 176, 5.7.2002, p. 21).

(16)

       Directive 2011/61/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2011 on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (OJ L 174, 1.7.2011, p. 1).

(17)

*          OJ please insert date: two years after the date of entry into force of this Regulation.

(18)

*          OJ please insert date: two years after the date of entry into force of this Regulation.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The Rapporteur welcomes the work done so far by the European Commission, which began following the request of the ECOFIN Council in May 2007 to examine the coherence of EU law applying to different types of retail investment products. In its communication of April 2009 on Packaged Retail Investment Products (PRIPs), the Commission noted two areas of further work: rules applying to sales, and rules on product disclosures. The current proposal stems from the latter work on product disclosures but forms part of a wider legislative package dedicated to rebuilding consumer trust in financial markets, building up on an extensive overhaul of the Insurance Mediation Directive (IMD) to ensure that customers benefit from a high level of protection when buying insurance products and a strengthening of the function of the depositary for UCITS. The measures on product disclosure proposed in this Regulation in particular complement investor protection measures on investment advice and sales services as defined in MIFID/MIFIR. The revision of the IMD will specifically deal with the improvement of the sales rules for investment insurance products.

However the Rapporteur would like to insist on some additional areas of concern regarding the current proposal for a regulation from the Commission: the KID should not be designed first to help manufacturers to sell their products but to inform and help retail investors to make an appropriate investment decision.

1) Scope:

The scope of this Regulation should not be restricted to ‘packaged’ investments or investment with a (partly) unknown return. All savings or investments products without any exception should have a Key Investment Document (KID) available for consumers. This is a key condition so that consumers acquire the reflex always to consult the KID whatever saving or investment products are proposed to them. In particular, the scope should be extended to shares, interest rate-based savings products including sovereign debt bonds, bank term accounts and life insurance. This is essential otherwise there is a risk that the KID would favour more complex products which would be an "unexpected consequence" of its introduction. As the ECB has considered in its opinion on this regulation: "a level playing field between different types of investment products should be ensured with a view to avoiding regulatory arbitrage at the expense of the investment products that are not covered by the proposed regulation, such as non-complex financial instruments".

2) Taxation:

The manufacturer’s information should be completed with information added by the distributor. The local tax regime applying to the investment product (IP) is essential to compare one investment product with others. Furthermore, the costs linked to the investment may vary from one distributor to another. Without that supplementary information (tax regime, costs and remuneration), a choice based on the KID is not an informed choice and the consumer will not be able to compare and choose the right product for him. This information should be as synthetic as possible and limited to a quarter of the document maximum.

3) Risk indicator:

Indicative future performance scenarios based on a multifactor analysis (e.g. counterparty risks) will be preferable to risk indicator based on the track record of past performance. However, the retail investor should be aware that any other risk may not be reflected in this performance scenario.

4) Information to investors on the destination of funds:

Information on the impact of the investment product with respect to environmental, social and governance criteria are essential elements to be considered by the retail investor when making its investment decision.

5) Links with other regulations:

It is desirable that the document required by the present proposal should be aligned as far as possible with the Key Investor Information Document (KIID) in the UCITS directive should be welcomed. While your rapporteur does not propose to remove the exemption from UCITS products from complying with the new requirements, she proposes to shorten the period of this exemption (from five years to three) and to insist that work on regulatory technical standards should reflect work already done in the UCITS context. Your rapporteur believes that in the longer term it should be considered whether the KID and requirements under the Prospectus and Solvency II legislation should be better articulated. She does not however propose to amend Article 3 of the current proposal under which those requirements continue to apply in parallel.

It should be noted that many other texts may affect the distribution of products to which this proposed regulation applies. The enclosed chart gives an indication of some of these links. Even this is not exhaustive: for example, in cases where alternative investment funds are marketed for retail investors under the terms of Article 43 AIFMD (Directive 2011/61EU), the requirement for a KID would apply.

6) Liability regime and sanctions:

Powers of the ESAs should be strengthened. Besides, the exceptions to the publication of sanctions should be deleted. Breaches of the requirements of this regulation are not of such a kind that their publication could seriously jeopardise financial markets. As long as the names of issuers or intermediaries condemned are not made public, there will never be sufficient deterrent effect preventing illegal practices and it will always be advantageous to commit offences. Any breach of the regulation should be capable of sanction and there is no need for an exhaustive list. Finally, the existence of a compensation scheme for investors may be taken into account in deciding sanctions.


OPINION of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (15.5.2013)

for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on key information documents for investment products

(COM(2012)0352 – C7-0179/2012 – 2012/0169(COD))

Rapporteur: Pier Antonio Panzeri

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

Retail investors are increasingly offered a wide variety of different types of investment products when they consider making an investment. These products often provide specific investment solutions tailored to the needs of retail investors, but are frequently complex and difficult to understand. Existing disclosures to investors for such investment products are uncoordinated and often fail to aid retail investors compare between the different products, and in comprehending their features. As a consequence, retail investors have often made investments with risks and costs that were not fully understood by those investors, and have thereby on occasion suffered unforeseen losses.

The Commission is therefore correct in asserting that it is necessary to establish uniform rules at the level of the Union applying across all participants of the investment product market on transparency so as to prevent divergences. A Regulation is necessary to ensure that a common standard for key information documents is established in such a uniform fashion so as to be able to harmonise the format and the content of these documents. The directly applicable rules of a Regulation should ensure that all participants in the investment product market are subject to the same requirements. This should also ensure uniform disclosures by preventing divergent national requirements as a result of the transposition of a Directive. The use of a Regulation is also appropriate to ensure that all those selling investment products are subject to uniform requirements in relation to the provision of the key information document to retail investors.

From a consumer protection point of view it should first be noted that for many people investment products is very complicated and therefore deserves protection. As a rule, people are aware of the implications of this transaction, seek out information and take advice.

The consumer’s ability to take account of the specificities of his situation by means of individual contractual arrangements with the investment fund, where appropriate with the aid of an impartial adviser, should not be restricted by excessive regulation at European level, particularly since the cross-border impact is limited.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection calls on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4) It is necessary to establish uniform rules at the level of the Union applying across all participants of the investment product market on transparency so as to prevent divergences. A Regulation is necessary to ensure that a common standard for key information documents is established in such a uniform fashion so as to be able to harmonise the format and the content of these documents. The directly applicable rules of a Regulation should ensure that all participants in the investment product market are subject to the same requirements. This should also ensure uniform disclosures by preventing divergent national requirements as a result of the transposition of a Directive. The use of a Regulation is also appropriate to ensure that all those selling investment products are subject to uniform requirements in relation to the provision of the key information document to retail investors.

(4) It is necessary to establish uniform rules at the level of the Union applying across all participants of the investment product market on transparency so as to prevent divergences. A Regulation is necessary to ensure that a common standard for key information documents is established in such a uniform fashion so as to be able to harmonise the format and the content of these documents. The directly applicable rules of a Regulation should ensure that all participants in the investment product market are subject to the same requirements. This should also ensure uniform disclosures by preventing divergent national requirements as a result of the transposition of a Directive. The use of a Regulation is also appropriate to ensure that all those advising on or selling investment products are subject to uniform requirements in relation to the provision of the key information document to retail investors.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 10

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(10) To meet the needs of retail investors, it is necessary to ensure that information on investment products is accurate, fair, clear and not misleading for those investors. This Regulation should therefore lay down common standards for the drafting of the key information document, in order to ensure that it is comprehensible for retail investors. Given the difficulties many retail investors have in understanding specialist financial terminology, particular attention should be paid to the vocabulary and style of writing used in the document. Rules should also be laid down on the language in which it should be drawn up. Furthermore, retail investors should be able to understand the key information document on its own without referring to other information.

(10) To meet the needs of retail investors, it is necessary to ensure that information on investment products is accurate, fair, clear and not misleading for those investors. This Regulation should therefore lay down common standards for the drafting of the key information document, in order to ensure that it is comprehensible for retail investors. Given the difficulties many retail investors have in understanding specialist financial terminology, particular attention should be paid to the vocabulary and style of writing used in the document. Rules should also be laid down on the language in which it should be drawn up. Furthermore, retail investors should be able to understand the key information document on its own without referring to other information. The importance of the key information document should also be stressed to retail investors, so that regulation has an effect. However, this should not preclude the use of cross-references within the key information document to other documents where additional information can be found that might be of interest to some retail investors.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 12

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(12) The key information document should be drawn up in a format which allows retail investors to compare different investment products, since consumer behaviours and capabilities are such that the format, presentation and content of information must be carefully calibrated to maximise understanding and use of information. The same order of items and headings for these items should be followed for each document. In addition, the details of the information to be included in the key information document for different products and the presentation of this information should be further harmonised through delegated acts that take into account existing and on-going research on consumer behaviour, including results from testing the effectiveness of different ways of presenting information with consumers. In addition, some investment products give the retail investor a choice between multiple underlying investments. Those products should be taken into account when drawing up the format.

(12) The key information document should be drawn up in a format which allows retail investors, before taking an investment decision, genuinely to compare different investment products, since consumer behaviours and capabilities are such that the format, presentation and content of information must be carefully calibrated to maximise understanding and use of information. The same order of items and headings for these items should be followed for each document. In addition, the details of the information to be included in the key information document for different products and the presentation of this information should be further harmonised through delegated acts that take into account existing and on-going research on consumer behaviour, including results from testing the effectiveness of different ways of presenting information with consumers. Such delegated acts should include relevant standards elaborated by the ESAs. In particular, when elaborating standards relating to the risk and reward profile, a system of a visual warning based on a scale of risk should be assessed. In addition, some investment products give the retail investor a choice between multiple underlying investments. Those products should be taken into account when drawing up the format.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 16

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(16) Key information documents are the foundation for investment decisions by retail investors. For this reason, investment product manufacturers have an important responsibility towards retail investors in ensuring that they comply with the rules of this Regulation. It is therefore important to ensure that retail investors who relied on a key investor document for their investment decision have an effective right of redress. It should also be ensured that all retail investors across the Union have the same right to seek compensation for damages they may suffer due to failures on the part of investment product manufacturers in complying with the requirements set out in this Regulation. Therefore, rules regarding the liability of the investment product manufacturers should be harmonised. This Regulation should establish that the retail investor should be able to hold the product manufacturer liable for an infringement of this Regulation in case a loss is caused through the use of the key information document.

(16) Key information documents are the foundation for investment decisions by retail investors. For this reason, investment product manufacturers have an important responsibility towards retail investors in ensuring that they comply with the rules of this Regulation. It is therefore important to ensure that retail investors who relied on a key investor document for their investment decision have an effective right of redress. It should also be ensured that all retail investors across the Union have the same right to seek compensation for damages they may suffer due to failures on the part of investment product manufacturers in complying with the requirements set out in this Regulation, provided a causal link is established. Therefore, rules regarding the liability of the investment product manufacturers should be harmonised.

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 19

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(19) So that the retail investor is able to take an informed investment decision, persons selling investment products should be required to provide the key information document in good time before any transaction is concluded. This requirement should generally apply irrespective of where or how the transaction takes place. Persons selling include both distributors and the investment product manufacturer themselves where they choose to sell the product directly to retail investors. To ensure necessary flexibility and proportionality, retail investors who wish to conclude a transaction using a means of distance communication should be able to receive the key information document after the conclusion of the transaction. Even in this case the key information document would be useful for the investor, for instance to allow the investor to compare the product purchased with that described in the key information document. This Regulation is without prejudice to the Directive 2002/65/EC of the European Parliament and the Council.

(19) So that the retail investor is able to take an informed investment decision, persons selling investment products should be required to provide the key information document in good time before any transaction is concluded. This requirement should generally apply irrespective of where or how the transaction takes place. Persons selling include both distributors and the investment product manufacturer themselves where they choose to sell the product directly to retail investors. To ensure necessary flexibility and proportionality, retail investors who wish to conclude a transaction using a means of distance communication should be able to receive the key information document after the conclusion of the transaction provided that the key information document has been provided on another durable medium before the conclusion of the transaction. This Regulation is without prejudice to the Directive 2002/65/EC of the European Parliament and the Council.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 21

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(21) To ensure the trust of retail investors in investment products, requirements should be established for appropriate internal procedures which ensure that retail investors receive a substantive response from the investment product manufacturer to complaints.

(21) To ensure the trust of retail investors in investment products, requirements should be established for appropriate internal procedures which ensure that retail investors receive a substantive response from the investment product manufacturer to complaints, which should be given within a reasonable period of time and in writing. Replies should be forwarded to retail investors in the same language in which the complaint was written.

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(22a) Retail investors should duly informed about the alternative dispute resolution entities by which they are covered and which are competent to deal with potential disputes between themselves and the retail investor.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

This Regulation lays down uniform rules on the format and content of the key information document to be drawn up by investment product manufacturers and uniform rules on the provision of this document to retail investors.

This Regulation lays down uniform rules on the format and content of the key information document to be drawn up by investment product manufacturers and intermediaries and uniform rules on the provision of this document to retail investors.

Justification

Intermediaries should be obliged to provide information, e.g. on the real costs, their remuneration or the investment product tax regime. All information needed to take an informed decision to invest in a product should be accessible through one document only. Consumer should not be obliged to consult the KID plus another document for the information to be disclosed as provided by MiFID or the Insurance Mediation Directive (IMD).

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 - point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) insurance products which do not offer a surrender value or where that surrender value is not wholly or partially exposed, directly or indirectly, to market fluctuations;

deleted

Justification

The scope of this Regulation should not be restricted to ‘packaged’ investments or investments with a (partly) unknown return. All savings or investments products without any exception should have a KID available for consumers. This is a key condition to let consumers acquire the reflex to always consult the KID, whatever saving or investment products is being proposed to them.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 2 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) pension products for which a financial contribution from the employer is required by national law and where the employee has no choice as to the pension product provider.

(f) pension products for which the financial arrangements do not fall under the scope of the Directive 2003/41/EC or under the Directive 2009/138/EC; and for which the level of retirement provision is in effect a promise or an offer by the employer to the employee. For pension products which do not fall under the Directive 2003/41/EC or the Directive 2009/138/EC or under this Regulation, Member States shall provide equivalent disclosure requirements.

Justification

In many Member States, there are different types of pension arrangements that are neither within the scope of IORP nor private. Some of these schemes would be exempted under the Commission’s proposal by virtue of Article 2(f), so would be subject to no disclosure requirements at EU level, but other, similar schemes would not be exempted because the employer is not required by national law to make a financial contributions. It is important to avoid inconsistency across the European Union.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Where investment product manufacturers subject to this Regulation are also subject to Directive 2009/138/EC, this Regulation and Directive 2009/138/EC shall both apply.

Where investment product manufacturers subject to this Regulation are also subject to Directive 2009/138/EC, this Regulation and Directive 2009/138/EC shall both apply. Where the requirements of Directive 2009/138/EC and of this Regulation are equivalent, they shall be deemed to be met if the requirements of this Regulation are fulfilled.

Justification

Avoid duplication of information requirements.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 - point f a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fa) “person selling” means the person advising an investment product to a retail investor or acting as an intermediary for an investment by a retail investor.

Justification

The person selling the investment product is not defined by the proposed Regulation. The sale is a too narrow concept as some intermediaries do not ‘sell’ the investment product but create the contact between the consumer and the manufacturer (e.g. insurance undertaking).

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 1 – point c – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii) customers within the meaning of Directive 2002/92/EC;

(ii) customers who are not professional customers as defined in [relevant Articles of IMD] [...]of Directive 2002/92/EC;

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The investment product manufacturer shall draw up a key information document in accordance with the requirements laid down in this Regulation for each investment product it produces and shall publish the document on a website of its choice before the investment product can be sold to retail investors.

1. The investment product manufacturer shall draw up a key information document in accordance with the requirements laid down in this Regulation for each investment product it produces and shall publish the document together with the prospectus where a prospectus is published and at least on its website before the investment product can be sold to retail investors. The key information document shall be completed by the distributor where relevant.

Justification

The Rapporteur considers that everywhere the prospectus is published and accessible for retail investors, the KID – at least the manufacturer’s part of it – should be also available on the same place. And it would be preferable that all KIDs are easily accessible on an official website of the control authority.

The Rapporteur supports the general duty for the manufacturer to draw up a KID. However, the manufacturer’s information should be completed with information added by the distributor.

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – Paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The key information document shall be accurate, fair, clear and not misleading

1. The key information document shall constitute pre-contractual information. It shall be accurate, fair, clear and not misleading. The document shall make it possible to compare products before taking an investment decision.

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – Paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The key information document shall be a stand-alone document, clearly separate from marketing materials.

2. The key information document shall be a stand-alone document, clearly separate from marketing materials and shall not contain any advertising, marketing or recommendation to invest in any product.

 

Cross-references to other documents are permitted. Information that is cross-referenced shall only be information that is additional to the information required to be included in the key information document by this Regulation, shall comply with paragraph 3 of Article 8 and shall not contain any advertising, marketing or recommendation to invest in any product.

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – Paragraph 3 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The key information document shall be drawn up as a short document which is:

3. The key information document shall be drawn up as a short document, written in a short and concise manner and not exceeding 3 pages of A4-sized paper, which is:

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 7 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The key information document shall be written in the official language, or one of the official languages of the Member State where the investment product is sold, or in a language accepted by the competent authorities of that Member State, or where it has been written in a different language, it shall be translated into one of these languages.

The key information document shall be written in the official languages, or the official language used in the part of the Member State where the investment product is distributed, or in another language accepted by the competent authorities of that Member State if used in the part of the Member State where the investment product is distributed, or where it has been written in a different language, it shall be translated into one of these languages.

Justification

The Rapporteur considers it as fundamental that the KID must be understood by the public the intermediary is addressing to. In this regard, the proposed Article 7 can be problematic: as a result of its wording, the KID can be offered to a retail investor in a language that is not (well) understood by the consumer.

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. This document provides you with key information about this investment product. It is not marketing material. The information is required by law to help you understand the nature of this investment product and the risks of investing in it. You are advised to read it so that you can take an informed decision about whether to invest.

1. This document provides you with key information about this investment product. It is not marketing material. The information is required by law to help you understand the nature of this investment product and the risks and opportunities of investing in it, as well as the costs associated to it, including the potential fees paid to your intermediaries. You are advised to read it to help you compare different investment products. This document does not represent a purchasing recommendation. You may need to read other documents so you can take an informed decision about whether to invest.

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point b – point iv a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(iva) A provision that the manufacturer shall transparently inform the customer through a yearly document about the performance of the investment product. This document shall contain an ex-post disclosure of the investment product’s performance in the past year. Furthermore, this ex-post performance shall be compared to a different investment product with a comparable risk profile. If the customer owns several investment products of a certain manufacturer and covered by this regulation, the aforementioned disclosure and comparison shall by applied to the whole portfolio. Any fees affecting the yield of the investment product shall also be disclosed.

Justification

This amendment aims at providing transparency on the performance of investment products covered by this regulation. Therefore, the performance of a certain product and the portfolio if applicable should be compared to a different product with comparable risks. Moreover, all fees affecting the yield should be revealed.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 - paragraph 2 - point c - point ii)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

ii) whether the investment product is covered by a compensation or guarantee scheme;

ii) whether the investment product is covered by a compensation or guarantee scheme, detailing which risks are covered by the scheme and which are not;

Justification

The protection granted by a compensation or a guarantee scheme can be of different shapes: the investor compensation scheme protects the customer against the loss of the instrument by the investment firm, not against financial losses due to the volatility of underlying assets or insolvency of the issuers of those underlying assets. The Regulation should be more precise to avoid any misuse of this provision.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) under a section titled "What are the risks and what might I get back?", the risk and reward profile of the investment product, including a summary indicator of this profile and warnings in relation to any specific risks that may not be fully reflected in the summary indicator;

e) under a section titled "What are the risks and what might I get back?"

 

(i) The risk and reward profile of the investment product, including a summary indicator of this profile that also reflects the impact of costs, accompanied by a warning and an explanation in plain language of the key risks of the product.

 

The summary indicator of risk and reward shall contain future performance scenarios reflecting the impact of costs and mentioning three reasonably likely scenarios, including a negative and positive one;

 

(ii) a comparison of the likely future performance of the investment product, including risks to it, with that of a risk free benchmark;

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) under a section titled "What are the costs?", the costs associated with an investment in the investment product, comprising both direct and indirect costs to be borne by the investor, including summary indicators of these costs;

(f) under a section titled "What are the costs?", the costs associated with an investment in the investment product, comprising both direct and indirect costs to be borne by the investor, including summary indicators of these costs; and, for comparability reasons, total taxes and any fees to be paid by the retail investor; expressed in monetary and percentage terms, to show the effects of the total costs on the return of the investment, together with an indication about the payment terms in relation to the costs.

 

The section shall also refer to an annex that details any additional costs charged by the distributor not shown in this section, including any fees paid to the intermediary

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point f a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fa) under a section titled "Do I have to pay taxes?", indications about the fiscal regime applicable to the investment product, where applicable;

Justification

Retail investors should be aware of the applicable fiscal regime since taxes impact on the gain that the investor draws from the investment made.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point f b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fb) under a section titled "What are the conditions to purchase this product?", any conditions or restrictions to the purchase of the investment product, including any minimum initial and/or subsequent investment required;

Justification

Retail investors should be properly informed of any conditions associated with the purchase of an investment product, such as minimum investment required (initial and subsequent).

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraphe 2 – point g

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(g) under a section titled ‘How has it done in the past?’, the past performance of the investment product, if this is relevant having regard to the nature of the product and the length of its track record;

(g) under a section titled ‘How has it done in the past?’, the past performance of the investment product, complemented by a warning that past returns do not guarantee future performance; where the investment product is linked to a benchmark, the performance of the latter shall also be published in such a way to enable comparison between the performance of the investment product and that of the benchmark, if this is relevant having regard to the nature of the product and the length of its track record

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point h

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(h) for pension products, under a section titled "What might I get when I retire?", projections of possible future outcomes.

(h) for pension products, under a section titled "What might I get when I retire?", projections of possible future outcomes; clearly subdivided into various development scenarios, including negative scenario highlighting the potential loss for the retail investors.

 

With regard to pension products, retail investors should in addition be informed clearly and comprehensibly about any limits to the withdrawal of funds.

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point h a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ha) under a section titled "How can I complain?", information about how a client can launch a complaint about the product.

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The investment product manufacturer may only include other information where it is necessary for the retail investor to take an informed investment decision about a specific investment product.

3. The investment product manufacturer may only include other objective information where it is necessary for the retail investor to take an informed investment decision about a specific investment product.

Justification

The regulation on delegated acts in Article 8(5) can create problems in terms of compatibility with the some Member States constitutional laws. The concern relates to Article 8(3), where “other information” may be included. Since the possibility of including “other information” exists, this is associated with a risk that information which can trigger investment decisions will be regulated in delegated acts.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 23 specifying the details of the presentation and the content of each of the elements of information referred to in paragraph 2, the presentation and details of the other information the product manufacturer may include within the key information document as referred to in paragraph 3, and the details of the common format and the common symbol referred to in paragraph 4.

5. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt technical standards in accordance with Article 23 specifying the details of the presentation and the content of each of the elements of information referred to in paragraph 2, the presentation and details of the other objective information the product manufacturer may include within the key information document as referred to in paragraph 3, and the details of the common format and the common symbol referred to in paragraph 4.

 

The performance scenarios referred to in paragraph 2 (e) i) shall take into account the impact of costs over time and shall take into account possible future performance.

 

The indicator shall make it clear that the potential for greater rewards is linked to taking greater risks.

 

The warning referred to in paragraph 2 point (e) i) shall be a visual warning based on a scale of risk, designed in a way that the investor understand that no investment product is risk free and that he must not act without understanding the investment product or without a personal advice regarding the planned investment.

 

The summary indicator of the risk and reward and the warning on risks shall be designed to make the risks the investors are taking on clear and comparable between products.

 

The comparison referred to in paragraph 2 point (e) ii) shall be designed to help the investor to understand how taking greater risk impacts the rewards of the investment product, and the risk-free benchmark, such as that of a savings account, shall be set in way that is comprehensible for retail investors and not misleading to them.

 

The summary indicator of the costs referred to in paragraph 2 (f) shall illustrate in monetary terms the impact of the costs on what the investor might get back from their investment over time. It shall include figures that can be used by retail investors to compare between products.

 

The Commission shall take into account disclosures to retail investors made by the person selling the investment product related to costs under [MiFID] and [IMD], to ensure that there is consistency in information on costs in the key information document with these other disclosures, and that the information is comprehensive about costs and clearly shows to the retail investor the overall impact that costs may have.

The Commission shall take into account the differences between investment products and the capabilities of retail investors as well as the features of investment products that allow the retail investor to select between different underlying investments or other options provided for by the product, including where this selection can be undertaken at different points in time, or changed in the future.

The Commission shall take into account the differences between investment products and the capabilities of retail investors as well as the features of investment products that allow the retail investor to select between different underlying investments or other options provided for by the product, including where this selection can be undertaken at different points in time, or changed in the future.

 

Before adopting technical standards, the Commission shall conduct due consumer testing in order to select the most appropriate measures for consumers.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 - paragraph 6 - subparagraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The draft regulatory technical standards shall take into account the different types of investment products. The European Supervisory Authorities shall submit those draft regulatory technical standards to the Commission by […].

The draft regulatory technical standards shall take into account the different types of investment products. The European Supervisory Authorities shall conduct due consumer testing to determine the best methodology and calculation under (a) and (b) for retail investors. The European Supervisory Authorities shall submit those draft regulatory technical standards to the Commission by […].

Justification

During the preparation of the Commission Regulation on the KIID for UCITS, big test was carried out with real consumers before adopting the final layout of the KIID. The same methodology should be adopted when designing the KID. Testing the effective impact of the planned KID on consumers is a key of its success, particularly when designing the layout or the risk disclosure.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 23 laying down detailed rules for the review of the information contained in the key information document and the revision of the key information document, as regards:

2. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt technical standards in accordance with Article 23 laying down detailed rules for the review of the information contained in the key information document and the revision of the key information document, as regards:

Justification

In order to provide appropriate flexibility and to enable the industry and the ESAs to react swiftly to developments in the market place, the three ESAs should collectively draw up joint regulatory technical standards rather than the Commission being empowered to adopt delegated acts.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Where an investment product manufacturer has produced a key information document which does not comply with the requirements of Articles 6, 7 and 8 on which a retail investor has relied when making an investment decision, such a retail investor may claim from the investment product manufacturer damages for any loss caused to that retail investor through the use of the key information document.

1. A retail investor who has relied when making an investment decision on a key information document which does not comply with the requirements in Articles 6, 7 and 8 may claim from the investment product manufacturer damages for financial loss caused by the investment product manufacturer's failure to comply with those requirements. The information in the key information document shall be fair, clear and not misleading. It shall be consistent with the relevant parts of the prospectus. Where other contractual documentation exists, the key information document shall be consistent with those documents.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. When a retail investor demonstrates a loss resulting from the use of the information contained in the key information document, the investment product manufacturer has to prove that the key information document has been drawn up in compliance with Articles 6, 7 and 8 of this Regulation.

2. Where a retail investor has suffered a loss resulting from the use of the information contained in the key information document, the investment product manufacturer has to prove that the key information document has been drawn up in compliance with Articles 6, 7 and 8 of this Regulation.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. A person selling an investment product to retail investors shall provide them with the key information document in good time before the conclusion of a transaction relating to the investment product.

1. A person selling an investment product to retail investors shall provide them with the key information document in good time before the conclusion of a transaction relating to the investment product and shall keep a record thereof, whereby the burden of proof shall rest with the investment product manufacturer.

 

When an investment is recommended or advised to a client, the key information document shall be provided to the client without any delay.

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 - paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. By way of derogation from paragraph 1, a person selling an investment product may provide the retail investor with the key information document immediately after the conclusion of the transaction where:

deleted

(a) the retail investor chooses to conclude the transaction using a means of distance communication where,

 

(b) the provision of the key information document in accordance with paragraph 1 is not possible, and

 

(c) where the person selling the investment product has informed the retail investor of this fact.

 

Justification

The Rapporteur is concerned by the exception proposed to the delivery of the KID prior to the transaction when the transaction occurs using a means of distant communication. This exception creates an important loophole in the KID Regulation. If we consider that the KID is necessary to take an informed investment decision, it should not be possible to invest without having had the possibility to read it. Reading the KID after the investment is not protecting the client, unless a right of withdrawal is granted by this regulation.

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. By way of derogation from paragraph 1 and where the retail investor uses means of distance communication to conclude the transaction, the person selling an investment product may provide the retail investor with the key information document immediately after the conclusion of the transaction where:

 

(i) the retail investor has requested the key information document on paper, and

 

(ii) the key information document has been provided to the retail investor on another durable medium as referred to in Article 13 paragraph 2 point b) before the conclusion of the transaction.

Justification

There is a need to ensure flexibility to facilitate the conclusion of transactions at the moment chosen by the retail investor. The means of communication used should not result in the investor loosing the momentum for an investment. If the retail investor wishes to have the KID on paper, this should not prevent him to conclude the transaction as long as the KID is provided through other electronic means before the transaction is concluded.

Amendment  38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 - paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. Where successive transactions regarding the same investment product are carried out on behalf of a retail investor in accordance with instructions given by that investor to the person selling the investment product prior to the first transaction, the obligation to provide a key information document under paragraph 1 shall only apply to the first transaction.

3. Where successive transactions regarding the same investment product are carried out on behalf of a retail investor in accordance with instructions given by that investor to the person selling the investment product prior to the first transaction, the obligation to provide a key information document under paragraph 1 shall only apply to the first transaction unless the key information document has been updated or more than six months elapsed since the first transaction.

Justification

If a long time elapsed since the provision of the KID or if the KID has been updated, the first provision of the KID should not be considered as sufficient for further transactions.

Amendment  39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 4 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. The Commission shall be empowered to adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 23 specifying:

4. The European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) shall jointly develop draft technical standards in accordance with Article 23 specifying the conditions for fulfilling the requirement to provide the key information document in good time as laid down in paragraph 1.

Justification

In order to provide appropriate flexibility and to enable the industry and the ESAs to react swiftly to developments in the market place, the three ESAs should collectively draw up joint regulatory technical standards rather than the Commission being empowered to adopt delegated acts. Restructuring of the text following the deletion of paragraph 2 and point (b) in this paragraph.

Amendment  40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 4 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the method and the time limit for the provision of the key information document in accordance with paragraph 2.

deleted

Justification

Deletion in line with the deletion of paragraph 2.

Amendment  41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 4 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

4a. Power is conferred on the Commission to adopt regulatory technical standards in accordance with the procedure set out in Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1093/2010, Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1094/2010, Articles 10 to 14 of Regulation (EU) No 1095/2010.

Amendment  42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The person selling an investment product shall provide the key information document to retail investors free of charge.

1. The person selling an investment product shall provide the key information document to retail investors free of charge. That person must be in position to prove that the key information document has been provided according the provision of this Regulation.

Amendment                43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 2 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The person selling an investment product shall provide the key information document to the retail investor in one of the following media:

2. The person advising on or selling an investment product shall provide the key information document to the retail investor in one of the following media that are accessible for the retail investor concerned:

Amendment  44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. However, where the key information document is provided using a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website, a paper copy shall be provided to retail investors upon request and free of charge.

3. However, where the key information document is provided using a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website, a paper copy shall be provided to retail investors upon request and free of charge. A paper copy shall also be provided free of charge when the investment recommendation or the intermediation service is provided in person (face to face).

Justification

As provided by Article 12(1), the KID should be provided in good time before the conclusion of a transaction relating to the investment product (see Art. 12(1)). When the investment recommendation is provided in person (face to face), or when the investment order is given in person, e.g. at a bank counter or in the intermediary’s premises, the KID must be provided in paper form.

Amendment  45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The investment product manufacturer shall establish appropriate procedures and arrangements which ensure that retail investors who have submitted a complaint in relation to the key information document receive a substantive reply in a timely and proper manner.

The investment product manufacturer and the person selling investment products shall establish appropriate procedures and arrangements which ensure that:

 

(i) retail investors have an effective way of submitting a complaint against the investment product manufacturer;

 

(ii) retail investors who have submitted a complaint in relation to the key information document receive a substantive reply in a timely and proper manner; and

 

(iii) effective redress procedures are also available to retail investors in the event of cross-border disputes, in particular where the investment product manufacturer is located in another Member State or in a third country.

Amendment  46

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Where a retail investor initiates a procedure for alternative dispute resolution laid down in national law against an investment product manufacturer or a person selling investment products with regard to a dispute concerning rights and obligations established under this Regulation, the investment product manufacturer or the person selling investment products shall participate in that procedure, provided that it fulfils the following requirements:

1. Member States shall ensure that where a retail investor initiates a procedure for alternative dispute resolution laid down in national law against an investment product manufacturer or a person selling investment products with regard to a dispute concerning the key information document and the underlying investment products the investment product manufacturer or the person selling investment products shall participate in that procedure according to the rules laid down in the Directive [...] on alternative dispute resolution and provided that it fulfils the following requirements:

(a) the procedure results in decisions which are not binding;

(a) the procedure results in decisions which may be binding for the manufacturer and the person selling investment products;

(b) the limitation period for bringing the dispute before a court is suspended for the duration of the procedure for alternative dispute resolution;

(b) the limitation period for bringing the dispute before a court is suspended for the duration of the procedure for alternative dispute resolution;

(c) the period of prescription of the claim is suspended for the duration of the procedure;

(c) the period of prescription of the claim is suspended for the duration of the procedure;

(d) the procedure is free of charge or at moderate cost, as specified in national legislation;

(d) the procedure is free of charge or available at nominal fee;

(e) electronic means are not the only means by which the parties can gain access to the procedure;

 

(f) interim measures are possible in exceptional cases where the urgency of the situation so requires

 

 

1a new. Member States shall ensure that when alternative dispute resolution entities are permitted to establish pre-specified monetary thresholds in order to limit the access to alternative dispute resolution procedures, the thresholds should not be set at a level, where they significantly impair the consumers' access to complaint handling by alternative dispute resolution entities.

2. Member States shall notify the Commission of the entities with competence to deal with the procedures referred to in paragraph 1 by [insert concrete date 6 months after entry into force/application of this Regulation]. They shall notify the Commission without delay of any subsequent change concerning those entities

2. Member States shall notify the Commission of the entities with competence to deal with the procedures referred to in paragraph 1 by [insert concrete date 6 months after entry into force/application of this Regulation]. They shall notify the Commission without delay of any subsequent change concerning those entities

3. Entities with competence to deal with the procedures referred to in paragraph 1 shall cooperate with each other on the resolution of cross-border disputes arising under this Regulation.

3. Entities with competence to deal with the procedures referred to in paragraph 1 shall cooperate with each other on the resolution of cross-border disputes arising under this Regulation.

Amendment  47

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Information about alternative dispute resolutions

 

15 a. Member States shall ensure that investment product manufacturer or a person selling investment product inform the retail investor about the alternative dispute resolution entities by which they are covered and which are competent to deal with potential disputes between themselves and the retail investor. They shall also specify whether or not they commit or are obliged to use these entities to resolve disputes with retail investors.

 

2. The information referred to in paragraph 1 shall be mentioned in a clear, comprehensible and easily accessible way on the traders' website, where one exists, and if applicable in the general terms and conditions of sales or service contracts between the trader and a consumer.

 

3. Member States shall ensure that, in cases where a dispute between a retail investor and a investment product manufacturer or a person selling investment product in their territory could not be settled further to a complaint submitted directly by the retail investor to the investment product manufacturer or at person selling investment product, the latter provide to the retail investor information referred to in paragraph 1, specifying whether he will make use of the relevant alternative dispute resolution entities to settle the dispute. This information shall be provided on paper or another durable medium.

Amendment  48

Proposal for a regulation

Article 15 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Collective alternative disputes resolutions

 

15 b Member States may maintain or introduce alternative disputes resolution procedures dealing jointly with identical or similar disputes between a manufacturer and a person selling investment products and several retail investors. Alternative disputes resolutions systems for both individual end collective disputes and redress are complementary and not mutually exclusive procedures.

Amendment  49

Proposal for a regulation

Article 19 – paragraph 2 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) a warning, which is made public and which identifies the person responsible and the nature of the breach;

(c) a warning, which is made public and which identifies the legal person responsible and the nature of the breach;

Amendment  50

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Sanctions and measures imposed for the breaches referred to in Article 19(1) shall be disclosed to the public without undue delay including at least information on the type of breach of this Regulation and the identity of those responsible for it, unless such disclosure would seriously jeopardise the financial markets.

1. Sanctions and measures imposed for the breaches referred to in Article 19(1) shall be disclosed to the public without undue delay including at least information on the type of breach of this Regulation and the identity of those responsible for it.

Where a publication would cause a disproportionate damage to the parties involved, the competent authorities shall publish the sanctions or measures on an anonymous basis.

 

Justification

The exceptions to the publication of sanctions should be deleted. The breaches mentioned in Art. 19 (1) are not of such a kind that their publication could seriously jeopardise financial markets. As long as the names of issuers or intermediaries condemned are not made public, there will never be any deterrent effect preventing illegal practices and it will always be advantageous to commit offenses.

Amendment  51

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The power to adopt delegated acts is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

1. The power to adopt technical standards is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

Justification

In order to provide appropriate flexibility and to enable the industry and the ESAs to react swiftly to developments in the market place, the three ESAs should collectively draw up joint regulatory technical standards rather than the Commission being empowered to adopt delegated acts.

Amendment  52

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Articles 8(5), 10(2) and 12(4) shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of [4 years] from the entry into force of this Regulation. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

2. The power to adopt technical standards referred to in Articles 8(5), 10(2) and 12(4) shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of [4 years] from the entry into force of this Regulation. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

Justification

In order to provide appropriate flexibility and to enable the industry and the ESAs to react swiftly to developments in the market place, the three ESAs should collectively draw up joint regulatory technical standards rather than the Commission being empowered to adopt delegated acts.

Amendment  53

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. The delegation of powers referred to in Articles 8(5), 10(2) and 12(4) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision of revocation shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

3. The delegation of powers referred to in Articles 8(5), 10(2) and 12(4) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision of revocation shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any technical standards already in force.

Justification

In order to provide appropriate flexibility and to enable the industry and the ESAs to react swiftly to developments in the market place, the three ESAs should collectively draw up joint regulatory technical standards rather than the Commission being empowered to adopt delegated acts.

Amendment  54

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4. As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.

4. As soon as it adopts technical standards, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.

Justification

In order to provide appropriate flexibility and to enable the industry and the ESAs to react swiftly to developments in the market place, the three ESAs should collectively draw up joint regulatory technical standards rather than the Commission being empowered to adopt delegated acts.

Amendment  55

Proposal for a regulation

Article 23 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5. A delegated act adopted pursuant to Articles 8(5), 10(2) and 12(4) shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of 2 months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by [2 months] at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.

5. A technical standard adopted pursuant to Articles 8(5), 10(2) and 12(4) shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of 2 months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by [2 months] at the initiative of the European Parliament or the Council.

Justification

In order to provide appropriate flexibility and to enable the industry and the ESAs to react swiftly to developments in the market place, the three ESAs should collectively draw up joint regulatory technical standards rather than the Commission being empowered to adopt delegated acts.

Amendment  56

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

When a Member State applies rules on the format and content of the key information document, as set out in Articles 78 to 81 of Directive 2009/65/EC, to non UCITS funds offered to retail investors, the exemption set out in paragraph 1 shall apply to management companies, investment companies and persons selling or advising on units of such funds to retail investors.

Justification

Member States should be permitted to allow non UCITS funds which at national level are currently subject to the key investor information requirements as formulated in the UCITS 4 Directive, should also be covered by the transitional period. This would contribute in fostering a level playing field among investment products.

Amendment  57

Proposal for a regulation

Article 24 – paragraph 1 b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Management companies and investment companies as defined in Article 4(1)(b) of Directive 2011/61/EU, and persons selling units of AIFs as defined in Article 4(1)(a) of that Directive, are exempted from the obligations under this Regulation provided that they provide a key investor information document pursuant to national law in accordance with Article 78 of Directive 2009/65/EC or relevant provisions of national law, until [OJ: please insert the date 5 years after the entry into force].

Justification

Many Member States have extended the KIID standards for UCITS to other open-ended retail investment funds regulated at national level. Those funds should also be able to benefit from the temporary exemption from the scope as investors in those funds have only just been informed of the new document and the AIFMs have already had to bear the KIID implementing costs in the same way as UCITS management companies.

Amendment  58

Proposal for a regulation

Article 25 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Four years after the date of entry into force of this Regulation, the Commission shall review this Regulation. The review shall include a general survey of the practical application of the rules laid down in this Regulation, taking due account of developments in the market for retail investment products. As regards UCITS as defined in Article 1 (2) of Directive 2009/65/EC, the review shall assess whether the transitional arrangements under Article 24 of this Regulation shall be prolonged, or whether, following the identification of any necessary adjustments, the provisions on key investor information in Directive 2009/65/EC might be replaced by or considered equivalent to the key investor document under this Regulation. The review shall also reflect on a possible extension of the scope of this Regulation to other financial products.

1. Four years after the date of entry into force of this Regulation, the Commission shall review this Regulation. The review shall include a general survey of the practical application of the rules laid down in this Regulation, taking due account of developments in the market for retail investment products. As regards UCITS as defined in Article 1 (2) of Directive 2009/65/EC, the review shall assess whether the transitional arrangements under Article 24 of this Regulation shall be prolonged, or whether, following the identification of any necessary adjustments, the provisions on key investor information in Directive 2009/65/EC might be replaced by or considered equivalent to the key investor document under this Regulation. The review shall also reflect on a possible extension of the scope of this Regulation to other financial products, including those falling under the Directive 2003/71/EC and any other investments and savings products.

Justification

The review clause of this regulation should also include the revision of the scope to other retail financial products, including “unpackaged” investments and all forms of savings products.

PROCEDURE

Title

Key information documents for investment products

References

COM(2012)0352 – C7-0179/2012 – 2012/0169(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ECON

11.9.2012

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

IMCO

13.12.2012

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Pier Antonio Panzeri

18.9.2012

Discussed in committee

10.1.2013

20.2.2013

11.4.2013

 

Date adopted

25.4.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

34

1

0

Members present for the final vote

Adam Bielan, Preslav Borissov, Cristian Silviu Buşoi, Lara Comi, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, António Fernando Correia de Campos, Vicente Miguel Garcés Ramón, Evelyne Gebhardt, Thomas Händel, Małgorzata Handzlik, Malcolm Harbour, Philippe Juvin, Sandra Kalniete, Toine Manders, Franz Obermayr, Phil Prendergast, Mitro Repo, Robert Rochefort, Zuzana Roithová, Heide Rühle, Christel Schaldemose, Andreas Schwab, Catherine Stihler, Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, Bernadette Vergnaud

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Ashley Fox, Ildikó Gáll-Pelcz, Anna Hedh, Constance Le Grip, Morten Løkkegaard, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Patricia van der Kammen, Kerstin Westphal

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Seán Kelly, Paul Rübig


OPINION of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (10.4.2013)

for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on key information documents for investment products

(COM(2012)0352 – C7-0179/2012 – 2012/0169(COD))

Rapporteur: Petru Constantin Luhan

SHORT JUSTIFICATION

This proposal aims at improving transparency in the investment market for retail investors. Retail investment products – which include investment funds, retail structured products and certain types of insurance contracts used for investment purposes – are essential for meeting the needs of EU citizens for products with which to build up savings and investments.

However retail investment products are becoming increasingly complex and technically difficult to understand. Citizens are therefore confronted to difficulties to assess and compare them in order to take an appropriate and well informed decisions about the financial product they buy. During the last years retail investors have lost money with investments that implied risks that were not transparent or properly understood by them, particularly because of the unclear, poor and unsatisfactory information provided.

The proposal makes clearer rules and obligations for financial institutions with regard to the key information that will have to be disclosed by financial undertakings so as to improve the understanding of the products and facilitate their comparison. It also provides for powers for competent authorities to establish administrative sanctions and measures on financial undertakings for breaches to the obligations imposed by this legal instrument.

Your rapporteur welcomes the form of the legal instrument chosen. A Regulation will contribute to establish a more uniform system in the Union, thereby facilitating the comparison of products within the Union and the activities of financial undertakings and customers at the level of the Union.

The proposal contains provisions that will affect the fundamental rights. Your rapporteur considers that they are not sufficiently and properly addressed by the Commission's proposal. The proposal provides for the power of the national competent authorities to impose administrative sanctions for breaches of the obligations imposed by the proposal. It also provides for the publication of the sanctions imposed, which includes the identity of the persons. Finally the obligations imposed by the proposal will imply the processing of personal data.

The amendments proposed by your rapporteur aim at ensuring that fundamental rights of the individual are respected and duly taken into account. This is essential to ensure the lawfulness of the measures taken and to avoid that they can be reversed for not compliance with fundamental rights. Therefore the amendments proposed stress that any administrative sanction and measure taken by a competent authority shall be in writing and duly motivated indicating the means for judicial review before a tribunal and the name of that authority.

With regard to the publication of sanctions the amendments aim at ensuring that this publication respects fundamental rights. If a sanction was publicly disclosed for an unlimited or a long period of time or it could be considered several years after the adoption of the sanction, it would be in conflict with the principles of proportionality and necessity and would stigmatise the individual for a fact of the past which would not reflect the actual behaviour or situation of an individual. The publication of administrative decisions imposing sanctions or ending legal proceedings are subject in Member States to specific rules that in many cases do not allow the disclosure of the identity of the person or set out specific conditions. In addition to data protection, Member States law imposes conditions relating to the respect for private and family life. In this context, it is important to recall the decision of the Court of Justice in case C-92/09 –Schecke, which declared void the publication of names of beneficiaries of farm subsidies for breach of the principle of proportionality.

AMENDMENTS

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs calls on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following amendments in its report:

Amendment  1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(1) Retail investors are increasingly offered a wide variety of different types of investment products when they consider making an investment. These products often provide specific investment solutions tailored to the needs of retail investors, but are frequently complex and difficult to understand. Existing disclosures to investors for such investment products are uncoordinated and often fail to aid retail investors compare between the different products, and in comprehending their features. As a consequence, retail investors have often made investments with risks and costs that were not fully understood by those investors, and have thereby on occasion suffered unforeseen losses.

(1) Retail investors are increasingly offered a wide variety of different types of investment products when they consider making an investment. These products should provide specific investment solutions, tailored to the needs of retail investors. However they are frequently excessively complex and incomprehensible. Existing disclosures to investors for such investment products are uncoordinated and often fail to aid retail investors compare between the different products, and in comprehending their features. In addition, retail investors are not informed of certain major risks. As a consequence of inadequate or inaccurate information, they have therefore often made investments with risks and costs that they could not have fully understood, and have thereby on occasion suffered unforeseen losses.

Amendment  2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1a) Banking and investment products should be presented in a clear, straightforward and comprehensible manner. Complexity is not a hallmark of quality and frequently serves to conceal risks or secondary effects. Retail investment products should therefore be made less complex.

Amendment  3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(3) Different rules that vary according to the industry that offers the investment products and national regulation in this area create an un-level playing field between different products and distribution channels, erecting additional barriers to a Single Market in financial services and products. Member States have already taken divergent and uncoordinated action to address shortcomings in investor protection measures and it is likely that this development would continue. Divergent approaches to investment product disclosures impede the development of a level playing field between different investment product manufacturers and those selling these products and thus distort competition. It would also create an uneven level of investor protection with the Union. Such divergences represent an obstacle to the establishment and smooth functioning of the Single Market. Consequently, the appropriate legal basis is Article 114 TFEU, as interpreted in accordance with the consistent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

(3) Different rules that vary according to the industry that offers the investment products and national regulation in this area create an un-level playing field between different products and distribution channels, erecting additional barriers to a Single Market in financial services and products. Member States have already taken divergent and uncoordinated action to address shortcomings in investor protection measures and it is inadmissible for this development to continue. Divergent approaches to investment product disclosures impede the development of a level playing field between different investment product manufacturers and those selling these products and thus distort competition. It would also create an uneven level of investor protection with the Union. Such divergences represent an obstacle to the establishment and smooth functioning of the Single Market. Consequently, the appropriate legal basis is Article 114 TFEU, as interpreted in accordance with the consistent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Amendment  4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 7

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(7) In order to ensure this Regulation applies solely to such packaged investment products, insurance products that do not offer investment opportunities and products solely exposed to interest rates should thereby be excluded from the scope of the Regulation. Assets that would be held directly, such as corporate shares or sovereign bonds, are not packaged investment products, and should therefore be excluded. Since the focus of this Regulation is on improving the comparability and comprehensibility of information about investment products being marketed to retail investors, occupational pension schemes which fall under the scope of Directive 2003/41/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 June 2003 on the activities and supervision of institutions for occupational retirement provision or Directive 2009/138/EC of the European Parliament and the Council of 25 November 2009 on the taking up and pursuit of the business of Insurance and Reinsurance (Solvency II), should not be subject to this Regulation. Similarly, certain occupational pension products which fall outside the scope of Directive 2003/41/EC should be excluded from the scope of this Regulation, provided that a financial contribution from the employer is required by national law and provided that the employee has no choice as to the pension product provider. Investment funds dedicated to institutional investors are not within the scope of this Regulation either since they are not for sale to retail investors. However, investment products with the purpose of accumulating savings for individual pensions should remain in scope because they often compete with the other products under this Regulation and are distributed in a similar way to the retail investor.

deleted

Amendment  5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 24

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(24) In line with the Commission Communication of December 2010 on reinforcing sanctioning regimes in the financial sector and in order to ensure that the requirements set out in this Regulation are fulfilled, it is important that Member States take necessary steps to ensure that breaches of this Regulation are subject to appropriate administrative sanctions and measures. In order to ensure that sanctions have a dissuasive effect and to strengthen investors' protection by warning them about investment products marketed in breach of this Regulation, sanctions and measures should normally be published, except in certain well defined circumstances

(24) In line with the Commission Communication of December 2010 on reinforcing sanctioning regimes in the financial sector and in order to ensure that the requirements set out in this Regulation are fulfilled, it is important that Member States take necessary steps to ensure that breaches of this Regulation are subject to appropriate administrative sanctions and measures. In order to ensure that sanctions have a dissuasive effect and to strengthen investors' protection by warning them about investment products marketed in breach of this Regulation, sanctions and measures should normally be published, except in certain well defined circumstances. The adoption and publication of sanctions should respect fundamental rights as laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, in particular the respect for private and family life, the protection of personal data and the right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial. It should also comply with the principles of individual guilt, legal certainty, non-retroactivity, the right not to be tried or punished twice for the same breach (ne bis in idem) as well as the presumption of innocence.

Justification

This amendment clarifies that adoption of administrative sanctions and measures as well as their publication has to respect fundamental rights, in particular the right for respect for private and family life, the right to the protection of personal data and the right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial.

Amendment  6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 27

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(27) Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data governs the processing of personal data carried out in the Member States in the context of this Regulation and under the supervision of the competent authorities. Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the EU institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data, governs the processing of personal data carried out by the European Supervisory Authorities pursuant to this Regulation and under the supervision of the European Data Protection Supervisor. Any processing of personal data carried out within the framework of this Regulation, such as the exchange or transmission of personal data by the competent authorities should be in accordance with Directive 95/46/EC and any exchange or transmission of information by the European Supervisory Authorities should be in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001.

(27) Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data governs the processing of personal data carried out in the Member States in the context of this Regulation and under the supervision of the competent authorities of the Member States competent authorities, in particular the public independent authorities designated by the Member States. Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the EU institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data, governs the processing of personal data carried out by the European Supervisory Authorities pursuant to this Regulation and under the supervision of the European Data Protection Supervisor. Any processing of personal data carried out within the framework of this Regulation, such as the exchange or transmission of personal data by the competent authorities should be in accordance with Directive 95/46/EC and any exchange or transmission of information by the European Supervisory Authorities should be in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001.

Justification

This amendment clarifies that the supervision of data processing activities is carried out by independent public authorities, namely the data protection authorities, pursuant to Article 7 of the EU Charter and Article 16 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. The text of the Commission's proposal is unclear because the reference to "competent authorities" is used in the proposal as referring to authorities "competent for financial supervision".

Amendment  7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 31

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(31) This Regulation respects fundamental rights and observes the principles recognised in particular by the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union

(31) This Regulation respects fundamental rights and observes the principles recognised in particular by the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union as enshrined in the Treaty, notably the protection of personal data, the right to an effective remedy and to a fair trial the presumption of innocence and right of defence, the principles of legality and proportionality of criminal offences and penalties, the right not to be tried or punished twice in criminal proceedings for the same criminal offence, and has to be applied in accordance with those rights and principles.

Justification

The legal instrument must clearly identify the fundamental rights that are directly impacted and how they are addressed in the proposal in order to ensure that it respects these fundamental rights.

Amendment  8

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – subparagraph 2 – point f a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(fa) officially recognised social security schemes subject to Union or Member States law.

Amendment  9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) 'investment product' means an investment where regardless of the legal form of the investment the amount repayable to the investor is exposed to fluctuations in reference values or in the performance of one or more assets which are not directly purchased by the investor;

(a) 'investment product' means an investment where regardless of the legal form of the investment the amount repayable to the investor is exposed to fluctuations in reference values or on other values used as a reference;

Justification

To avoid confusion between fluctuation and performance.

Amendment  10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The investment product manufacturer shall draw up a key information document in accordance with the requirements laid down in this Regulation for each investment product it produces and shall publish the document on a website of its choice before the investment product can be sold to retail investors.

The investment product manufacturer shall draw up a key information document in accordance with the requirements laid down in this Regulation for each investment product it produces and shall publish the document on a website of its choice before the investment product can be sold to retail investors. The investment product manufacturer is responsible for the contents of the key information document.

Justification

In view of improving legal certainty for the retail investor with regard to the liability for key investment documents, it is necessary to stress that key information documents are produced by one single party: the investment product manufacturer, who is responsible for the contents of the key information documents it draws up.

Amendment  11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The investment product manufacturer shall draw up a key information document in accordance with the requirements laid down in this Regulation for each investment product it produces and shall publish the document on a website of its choice before the investment product can be sold to retail investors.

The investment product manufacturer shall draw up a key information document in accordance with the requirements laid down in this Regulation for each investment product it produces and shall publish the document on an accessible website with which retail investors are familiar before the investment product can be sold to them.

Amendment  12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The key information document shall be accurate, fair, clear and not misleading.

1. The key information document shall be accurate, truthful, clear and not misleading.

Amendment  13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3 – point a a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(aa) informative in so far as it contains specific figures;

Amendment  14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point b – point v

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

v) the term of the investment product, if known;

v) the term and rescindability of the investment product, if known;

Amendment  15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point c – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) under a section titled "Could I lose money?", a brief indication of whether loss of capital is possible, including

(c) under a section titled "Could I lose money?", an indication of whether loss of capital is possible, including:

Amendment  16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) under a section titled "What are the risks and what might I get back?", the risk and reward profile of the investment product, including a summary indicator of this profile and warnings in relation to any specific risks that may not be fully reflected in the summary indicator;

(e) under a section titled "What are the risks and what might I get back?", the risk and reward profile of the investment product, including a summary indicator of this profile and warnings in relation to any specific risks that may not be fully reflected in the summary indicator; the risks shall be set out clearly and comprehensibly using layman’s terms;

Amendment  17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f) under a section titled "What are the costs?", the costs associated with an investment in the investment product, comprising both direct and indirect costs to be borne by the investor, including summary indicators of these costs;

(f) under a section titled "What are the costs?", the costs associated with an investment in the investment product, comprising both direct and indirect costs to be borne by the investor, including summary indicators of these costs and how they affect returns;

Amendment  18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point g a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(ga) under a section titled "What taxes are payable on the product?", details of taxes payable by the client on revenue and capital;

Amendment  19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 2 – point g b (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(gb) under a section titled "What rules apply to measures to prevent money laundering?", a brief indication of laws and regulations in force in the country where the product is marketed and applicable to the product as part of a strategy to combat organised crime, corruption and money laundering;

Amendment  20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 9 – subparagraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Marketing communications that contain specific information relating to the investment product shall not include any statement that contradicts the information contained in the key information document or diminishes the significance of the key information document. Marketing communications shall indicate that a key information document is available and supply information on how to obtain it.

Marketing communications that contain specific information relating to the investment product shall not include any statement that contradicts the information contained in the key information document or diminishes the significance of the key information document. Marketing communications shall indicate that a key information document is available and supply information on how to obtain it. Marketing communications shall indicate the existence of risks relating to investment products.

Amendment  21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The investment product manufacturer shall review the information contained in the key information document regularly and revise the document where the review indicates that changes need to be made.

1. The investment product manufacturer shall review the information contained in the key information document regularly and revise the document where the review indicates that significant changes need to be made.

Amendment  22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. A person selling an investment product to retail investors shall provide them with the key information document in good time before the conclusion of a transaction relating to the investment product.

1. A person selling an investment product to retail investors shall give them the key information document when investment advice is first provided. The key information document shall be placed in the hands of retail investors directly and unequivocally when the product is first presented.

Amendment  23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. The person selling an investment product shall provide the key information document to retail investors free of charge.

1. The person selling an investment product shall provide the key information document to retail investors immediately and free of charge.

Amendment  24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3. However, where the key information document is provided using a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website, a paper copy shall be provided to retail investors upon request and free of charge.

3. However, where the key information document is provided using a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website, a paper copy shall be provided to retail investors and free of charge.

Amendment  25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 5 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a) the provision of the key information document by means of a website is appropriate in the context of the business conducted between the person selling an investment product and the retail investor;

(a) the provision of the key information document by means of a website is appropriate in the context of the business conducted between the person selling an investment product and the retail investor; and

Amendment  26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 5 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the retail investor has consented to the provision of the key information document by means of a website;

(b) the retail investor has explicitly consented to the provision of the key information document by means of a website; and

Amendment  27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 5 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c) the retail investor has been notified electronically of the address of the website, and the place on the website where the key information document can be accessed;

(c) the retail investor has been notified electronically of the address of the website, and the place on the website where the key information document can be accessed; and

Amendment  28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 5 – point d

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(d) where the key information document has been revised in accordance with Article 10 all revised versions shall also be made available to the retail investor;

(d) where the key information document has been revised in accordance with Article 10 all revised versions shall also be made available to the retail investor; and

Amendment  29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 5 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) it is ensured that the key information document remains accessible on the website for such period of time as the retail investor may reasonably need to consult it.

(e) it is ensured that the key information document remains accessible on the retail investor’s website for any such period and at any point in time as the retail investor may need to consult it. The retail investor shall be informed immediately and in person of any modification affecting the accessibility of the key information document.

Amendment  30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 6

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

6. For the purposes of paragraph 4 and 5, the provision of information using a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website shall be regarded as appropriate in the context of the business conducted between the person selling an investment product and the retail investor, if there is evidence that the retail investor has regular access to the Internet. The provision by the retail investor of an e-mail address for the purposes of that business shall be regarded as such evidence.

6. For the purposes of paragraph 4 and 5, the provision of information using a durable medium other than paper or by means of a website shall be regarded as appropriate in the context of the business conducted between the person selling an investment product and the retail investor, if there is evidence that the retail investor has regular access to the Internet. The express agreement of the retail investor shall be regarded as such evidence.

Amendment  31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The investment product manufacturer shall establish appropriate procedures and arrangements which ensure that retail investors who have submitted a complaint in relation to the key information document receive a substantive reply in a timely and proper manner.

The investment product manufacturer shall establish appropriate procedures and arrangements which ensure that retail investors who have submitted a complaint in relation to the key information document receive a substantive reply in a timely and proper manner, in accordance with national law in order to avoid duplications.

Amendment  32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1. Member States shall apply Directive 94/46/EC to the processing of personal data carried out in that Member State pursuant to this Regulation.

1. Member States shall apply Directive 95/46/EC to the processing of personal data carried out in that Member State pursuant to this Regulation

Justification

Technical correction.

Amendment  33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2. In the exercise of their powers in Article 19, competent authorities shall cooperate closely to ensure that the administrative measures and sanctions produce the desired results of this Regulation and coordinate their action in order to avoid possible duplication and overlap when applying administrative measures and sanctions to cross border cases.

2. In the exercise of their powers in Article 19, competent authorities shall cooperate closely to ensure that the administrative measures and sanctions produce the desired results of this Regulation and coordinate their action in order to avoid possible duplication and overlap when applying administrative measures and sanctions to cross border cases, with full respect of the right not to be tried or punished twice for the same breach (ne bis in idem principle)

Justification

The principle of ne bis in idem is an essential principle recognised by Article 50 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and must be clearly established in this provision.

Amendment  34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 18 – paragraph 2 a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

2a. Member States shall ensure that any administrative measure and sanction adopted by the competent authorities pursuant to this Regulation shall be in writing.

 

Such administrative measure and sanction shall be duly motivated, shall specify the reasons for the decision and shall indicate the available remedies, including appeals or reviews, before a court or a tribunal, the authority competent for such remedy and the time limit for such action.

Justification

It is necessary to ensure the right to an effective remedy before a tribunal, recognised in Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Amendment  35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b) the degree of responsibility of the responsible person;

(b) the degree of legal liability of the responsible person;

Amendment  36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 20 – subparagraph 1 – point e

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(e) any previous breaches by the responsible person.

(e) any previous breaches of the substantive obligations under this Regulation by the responsible person.

Amendment  37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

Sanctions and measures imposed for the breaches referred to in Article 19(1) shall be disclosed to the public without undue delay including at least information on the type of breach of this Regulation and the identity of those responsible for it, unless such disclosure would seriously jeopardise the financial markets.

Sanctions and measures imposed for the breaches referred to in Article 19(1) and which have become final shall be disclosed to the public without undue delay including at least information on the type of breach of this Regulation and the identity of those responsible for it, unless such disclosure would seriously jeopardise the financial markets.

Where a publication would cause a disproportionate damage to the parties involved, the competent authorities shall publish the sanctions or measures on an anonymous basis.

Where a publication would cause a disproportionate damage to the parties involved, the competent authorities shall publish the sanctions or measures on an anonymous basis.

 

The publication of sanctions shall respect fundamental rights as laid down in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, in particular the respect for private and family life and the protection of personal data.

 

Member States shall take any measures to ensure that administrative sanctions and measures are not published for longer than required under national law, after which they are automatically deleted. Member States shall take any technical measure and safeguards to prevent that third parties continue to disclose public administrative sanctions and measures after the period of publication.

Justification

The publication of sanctions interferes with fundamental right, particularly the right of respect of private life and protection of personal data. Any limitation with these rights must comply with the conditions of Article 52 of the EU Charter. The principles of necessity and proportionality should be respected. T o this purpose sanctions should be published for a limited period of time, and technical measures should be taken to prevent the risk related to he use of external search engines and websites that will continue to publish the sanction after the limited period of publication, for instance by preventing automatic indexation.

PROCEDURE

Title

Key information documents for investment products

References

COM(2012)0352 – C7-0179/2012 – 2012/0169(COD)

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ECON

11.9.2012

 

 

 

Opinion by

       Date announced in plenary

LIBE

11.9.2012

Rapporteur

       Date appointed

Petru Constantin Luhan

11.10.2012

Discussed in committee

21.2.2013

20.3.2013

 

 

Date adopted

8.4.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

39

3

1

Members present for the final vote

Jan Philipp Albrecht, Edit Bauer, Emine Bozkurt, Arkadiusz Tomasz Bratkowski, Philip Claeys, Carlos Coelho, Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra, Ioan Enciu, Frank Engel, Cornelia Ernst, Hélène Flautre, Kinga Gál, Kinga Göncz, Ágnes Hankiss, Anna Hedh, Salvatore Iacolino, Sophia in ‘t Veld, Lívia Járóka, Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, Timothy Kirkhope, Monica Luisa Macovei, Véronique Mathieu Houillon, Anthea McIntyre, Nuno Melo, Claude Moraes, Georgios Papanikolaou, Jacek Protasiewicz, Carmen Romero López, Birgit Sippel, Rui Tavares, Nils Torvalds, Wim van de Camp, Josef Weidenholzer, Tatjana Ždanoka, Auke Zijlstra

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Jan Mulder, Salvador Sedó i Alabart, Marie-Christine Vergiat

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Preslav Borissov, Verónica Lope Fontagné, Gabriel Mato Adrover, Vittorio Prodi, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra


PROCEDURE

Title

Key information documents for investment products

References

COM(2012)0352 – C7-0179/2012 – 2012/0169(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

3.7.2012

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ECON

11.9.2012

 

 

 

Committee(s) asked for opinion(s)

       Date announced in plenary

IMCO

13.12.2012

JURI

11.9.2012

LIBE

11.9.2012

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

JURI

18.9.2012

 

 

 

Rapporteur(s)

       Date appointed

Pervenche Berès

10.5.2011

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

6.11.2012

21.1.2013

24.4.2013

28.5.2013

Date adopted

21.10.2013

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

34

7

1

Members present for the final vote

Marino Baldini, Burkhard Balz, Sharon Bowles, George Sabin Cutaş, Leonardo Domenici, Diogo Feio, Elisa Ferreira, Jean-Paul Gauzès, Sven Giegold, Liem Hoang Ngoc, Gunnar Hökmark, Jürgen Klute, Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Philippe Lamberts, Ivana Maletić, Hans-Peter Martin, Sławomir Nitras, Alfredo Pallone, Anni Podimata, Antolín Sánchez Presedo, Olle Schmidt, Peter Simon, Theodor Dumitru Stolojan, Ivo Strejček, Kay Swinburne, Marianne Thyssen, Ramon Tremosa i Balcells, Corien Wortmann-Kool, Pablo Zalba Bidegain

Substitute(s) present for the final vote

Pervenche Berès, Philippe De Backer, Bas Eickhout, Sari Essayah, Vicky Ford, Thomas Händel, Olle Ludvigsson, Thomas Mann, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl

Substitute(s) under Rule 187(2) present for the final vote

Alejandro Cercas, Jutta Steinruck, Isabelle Thomas

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