Best’s Commentary: European Commission Proposes ‘More Generous’ Solvency II Review Rules

Best’s Commentary: European Commission Proposes ‘More Generous’ Solvency II Review Rules

LONDON–()–The European Commission’s newly published announcement on its review of Solvency II rules for European Union (EU) insurers and reinsurers offers a more generous package than most commentators had expected. However, AM Best feels that question marks remain over the extent to which the measures will contribute to EU policy objectives for green investment, and other investment and insurability related targets.

A new Best’s Commentary, “More Generous: European Commission Proposes Solvency II Review Rules”, notes that the Commission’s proposed changes overall are somewhat more favourable for insurers’ stated regulatory solvency than the advice proffered by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority in December 2020.

Nonetheless, according to the commentary, the Commission’s review is not all good news for (re)insurers. It also outlines a reduction in discount rates over the longer term, albeit this will be phased in over several years.

In its communique, the Commission said its proposals could release up to EUR 90 billion of capital and stated that it intended some of that capital would support the implementation of the European green deal.

However, AM Best sees scope for doubt that the freeing up of capital — either by reducing capital requirements or by increasing available capital — will necessarily lead to an increase in green or even real economy investment on a similar scale.

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Published at Thu, 30 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000

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