ESAs finalise Key Information Documents for retail investors in the EU

The Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA, ESMA - ESAs) has finalised its proposal for regulatory technical standards (RTS) on Key Information Documents (KIDs) for Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs). 

The proposed KIDs provide retail investors for the first time across the EU with simple and comparable information on investment products in the banking, insurance and securities sectors. A 3-page document increases the transparency and comparability of information about the risks, performance and costs of these products. The new rules will contribute to enhancing the confidence and strengthening the protection of EU consumers of banking, insurance and securities products. 

Gabriel Bernardino, Chairman of EIOPA and current Chairman of the Joint Committee, said: 

"These new rules prepared jointly by the ESAs are a major step forward for consumers. They are an innovative and pioneering new approach to risk, performance and cost disclosures that we believe lays a strong foundation for the future. Now, for the first time, consumers can easily compare different products and make informed investment decisions fitting their particular needs.   

The ESAs reached a significant milestone in managing to transform high-level EU legislative principles into a set of practical cross-sectoral rules. On behalf of the Joint Committee, I would like to thank all the stakeholders for their extensive contributions throughout the entire process." 

The new rules benefited from the public feedback received by the ESAs on two Discussion Papers and a Consultation Paper, from extensive consumer testing, which was facilitated by the European Commission across a sample of Member States, and from a consultative expert group. 

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