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A European Mechanism for the Issuance and Initial Distribution of Debt Securities

Although the European Union (EU) has implemented initiatives and common rules regarding securities settlement, no similar integration initiatives have been proposed for the issuance and initial distribution of debt securities. For this reason, the EU does not function as a single market given that issuers of euro debt instruments still have to use multiple and non-harmonised channels and procedures. A harmonised European framework for the issuance and initial distribution of debt securities or the establishment of a new European market infrastructure service is widely considered to create a deep and liquid single market for debt instruments. Although such paradigm shift promises significant improvements compared with the existing debt issuance and distribution landscape, a hasty and poorly-designed public intervention would risk distorting the market, thereby increasing complexity and leading to more fragmentation.