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Brussels, 29 March 2012

Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier, following the vote by the European Parliament of new European rules to regulate financial derivatives

"I congratulate the European Parliament on its vote approving a regulation for more stability, transparency and efficiency in derivatives markets. Today's vote confirms the political agreement reached in February with the Council on the basis of the Commission's proposal. It is a key step in our effort to establish a safer and sounder regulatory framework for European financial markets. This matters because we need to restore trust in the financial sector, and because we need the financial sector to operate on a sound footing to ensure a return to sustainable growth of the real economy.

With this new regulation, we are taking a big step towards financial stability. We are reducing the risk of a future financial crisis, with all its consequences on the real economy, growth, jobs and public budgets. The EU has now also fulfilled its G20 commitments in this field, and on time. I call on all other jurisdictions around the globe, which have not yet done so, to take the appropriate steps to meet our shared G20 commitments.

I also call on the co-legislators to now focus on complementary European rules that we need to agree on quickly to continue strengthening financial markets; in particular a swift revision of rules on markets in financial instruments".

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