Insurance Europe Raises Concerns over Misunderstanding of Ultimate Forward Rate

On April 21, 2016, Insurance Europe, the European insurance and reinsurance federation, released a press releaseraising concerns over how Solvency II liabilities are currently calculated, including discount rates. This press release was published in response to the consultation carried out by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority and it discusses whether the Ultimate Forward Rate should be calculated by reference to the discount rate, or whether it may be adjusted to reflect changes in long-term expectations.

Council of EU Mandate to Negotiate Agreement With US on Reinsurance

On April 21, 2015, the Council of the EU published a press release announcing that it has issued a mandate to the European Commission to negotiate an agreement with the US on reinsurance.

The mandate consists of a decision authorizing the opening of talks and directives for the negotiation of the agreement. The Commission will negotiate on behalf of the EU, in consultation with a Council committee. The agreement will be concluded by the Council with the consent of the European Parliament.

Commenting on the announcement, Janis Reirs, Council president, stated that the agreement would enable the US and EU to recognize each other’s prudential rules and help supervisors exchange information.