PRESS RELEASE

Updated assessment of links between securities settlement systems

18 October 2000

On 17 October 2000 the Governing Council of the ECB approved two further links between securities settlement systems (SSSs) which can be used for the transfer of foreign collateral in the Eurosystem's monetary policy and intraday credit operations, bringing the total number of currently eligible links to 64 (see the table below).

Three links have been deleted from the list of eligible links: the link from Euroclear to CGO and the link from Clearstream (Luxembourg) to CGO (both of which are no longer operational due to the merger of CGO with CREST) as well as the link from Clearstream (Luxembourg) to Sicovam (which is not yet in operation and cannot, therefore, be used by the Eurosystem for its credit operations).

The increase in of the number of links between SSSs is proving to be a key factor in the integration of the euro area financial markets. The assessment of SSSs and of their links against ECB standards ensures an even and high standard for the European securities infrastructure.

The updated list of links can be found on the ECB's website, together with the dates for the future assessment of links. The launch of the sixth and seventh rounds of assessment of links has been scheduled to start on 2 April and 1 October 2001 respectively.

Table: List of eligible links

Country Eligible links
Belgium CIK to Sicovam (France) CIK to Monte Titoli (Italy) CIK to Necigef (Netherlands) Euroclear to NBB SSS (Belgium) Euroclear to Clearstream (Luxembourg) Euroclear to Clearstream (Germany) Euroclear to OeKB (Austria) Euroclear to VP (Denmark) Euroclear to Necigef (Netherlands) Euroclear to BdI CAT (Italy) Euroclear to Sicovam (France) Euroclear to Monte Titoli (Italy)
Germany Clearstream (Germany) to Sicovam (France) Clearstream (Germany) to Necigef (Netherlands) Clearstream (Germany) to OeKB (Austria) Clearstream (Germany) to APK (Finland) Clearstream (Germany) to Clearstream (Luxembourg) Clearstream (Germany) to CADE (Spain) Clearstream (Germany) to Monte Titoli (Italy)
Spain CADE to Clearstream (Germany) CADE to Sicovam (France) CADE to Monte Titoli (Italy) CADE to Necigef (the Netherlands) SCLV to Monte Titoli (Italy) SCLV to Sicovam (France)
France Sicovam to Clearstream (Germany) Sicovam to Necigef (Netherlands) Sicovam to Monte Titoli (Italy) Sicovam to OeKB (Austria) Sicovam to NBB SSS (Belgium) Sicovam to CADE (Spain) Sicovam to APK (Finland) Sicovam to CIK (Belgium) Sicovam to Clearstream (Luxembourg) Sicovam to SCLV (Spain) Sicovam to Euroclear (Belgium)
Italy Monte Titoli to Euroclear (Belgium) Monte Titoli to Clearstream (Germany) Monte Titoli to Sicovam (France) Monte Titoli to OeKB (Austria) Monte Titoli to SCLV (Spain) Monte Titoli to CADE (Spain) Monte Titoli to Necigef (the Netherlands)
Luxembourg Clearstream (Luxembourg) to Euroclear (Belgium) Clearstream (Luxembourg) to Clearstream (Germany) Clearstream (Luxembourg) to NBB SSS(Belgium) Clearstream (Luxembourg) to BdI CAT (Italy) Clearstream (Luxembourg) to OeKB (Austria) Clearstream (Luxembourg) to VP (Denmark) Clearstream (Luxembourg) to Necigef (the Netherlands) Clearstream (Luxembourg) to Monte Titoli (Italy)
The Netherlands Necigef to Sicovam (France) Necigef to Clearstream (Germany) Necigef to OeKB (Austria) Necigef to CADE (Spain) Necigef to Monte Titoli (Italy)
Austria OeKB to Euroclear (Belgium) OeKB to Clearstream (Germany) OeKB to Sicovam (France) OeKB to Monte Titoli (Italy) OeKB to Necigef (Netherlands) OeKB to Clearstream (Luxembourg)
Finland APK to Clearstream (Germany) APK to Sicovam (France)

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