Central Securities Depository Regulation (CSDR)

The Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR) is the regulation relating to securities settlement and central securities depositaries (CSDs) that entered into force on 17 September 2014.
It applies to CSDs that are based in the European Union and their participants. The principal objectives of the CSDR are to:

  • Increase the safety and efficiency of securities settlement and the settlement infrastructures in the European Union (EU);
  • Harmonise the different CSD rules in the European Union; and
  • Establish an enhanced level playing field among CSDs.

The CSDR is a European-wide regulation, which is directly applicable to all Member States.Statutory Instrument No. 481/2016 (European Union (Central Securities Depositories) Regulations 2016 transposes the regulation into Irish law. The Central Bank of Ireland has been designated the Competent Authority (CA) responsible for carrying out the duties under CSDR for the authorisation and supervision of CSDs established in the State.

Settlement Discipline Regime

A working group was established to ensure that Euroclear UK & Ireland (EUI), LCH.Clearnet, and UK and Irish trading venues and investment firms work together on the implementation of a new Settlement Discipline Regime (SDR) that will meet all the requirements of the Central Securities Depositories Regulation (CSDR).

View the minutes from the working group.

SDRSG minutes March 2017 | doc 20 KB EUI SDRSG mintutes 200217 | doc 22 KB SDRWG minutes 16092016 | doc 30 KB SDRWG minutes 07062016 | doc 26 KB EUI SDRSG mintutes 190117 | doc 28 KB EUI SDRSG mintutes 171116 | doc 31 KB SDWG minutes 18072016 | doc 29 KB

Settlement Internalisers - Article 9(1) Reporting Requirements

Pursuant to Article 9(1) of the CSDR settlement internalisers shall report to their competent authority on a quarterly basis the aggregated volume and value of all securities transactions that they settle outside securities settlement systems. Further information can be obtained on ESMA’s website; this includes guidelines, technical guidance and related XML files as well as XSD for ISO20022. 
The Central Bank has contacted firms likely to have a reporting obligation. If you think that your firm will have an obligation to report settlement internalisation activity to the Central Bank of Ireland, and your firm has not been contacted, please complete the below questionnaire and return it to settlementinternaliser@centralbank.ie. The first reports are due within 10 working days of 30 June 2019 (i.e. by 12 July 2019) and cover the period from April to June 2019.

Questionnaire | xls 15 KB Operational and Technical Arrangements | pdf 293 KB

Non-Domestic CSD Notifications for Passporting of Notary, Safekeeping Services and Banking-Type Ancillary Services

The Home CA of CSDs wishing to provide services in Ireland are required to provide certain information to the Host CA under the CSDR. The Payments and Securities Settlements (PSS) Division within the Financial Operations Directorate of the Central Bank of Ireland is responsible for receiving the information from the Home CA. All correspondence should be sent to the following email address: csdrnotifications@centralbank.ie.

Notary and Safekeeping Services

The Central Bank of Ireland must receive the information described in Article 23(3) of the CSDR from any non-domestic CSD that intends to offer notary and safekeeping services on a freedom of services basis or a freedom of establishment (branch) basis in accordance with Article 23 of the CSDR. The information must be sent by the Home CA of the service providing/branching CSD.

Banking-Type Ancillary Services

In accordance with Article 55 of the CSDR any CSD intending to seek authorisation to provide banking-type ancillary services that are deemed to be of substantial importance for the functioning of the Irish securities markets (as per the European Securities Markets Association (ESMA) criteria) must provide all information to the Central Bank of Ireland as Host CA. The information must be sent by the Home CA of the service providing/branching CSD.