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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is an independent EU authority that works to preserve the stability of the EU’s financial system. It ensures that investors across member states are protected and that financial markets are kept in check.  

ESMA definition 

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is an independent EU authority that works to preserve the stability of the EU’s financial system. It ensures that investors across member states are protected and that financial markets are kept in check.  

There are four main ways in which the ESMA does this:

  • Assessing risks posed to investors and the markets
  • Maintaining a single rulebook for all EU financial markets
  • Ensuring consistent regulation and supervision across all member states
  • Overseeing certain financial institutions directly

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