MPs put price on Solvency II compliance for insurers

Complying with Brussels’ latest insolvency proposals for an EU-wide insurance
market could cost the UK life and non-life insurance industry £500m, according
to the Commons European Scrutiny Committee.

MPs estimat the industry’s costs will be in line with its one quarter share
of the EU market and warn that a more detailed estimate will not be available
until a major quantitative impact study is completed for a regulatory impact
assessment later this year.

The committee report says the proposed prudential regime for what is known as
Solvency II is broadly similar to the UK’s current regime. However, moving to an
EU regime will reduce the risk that UK insurers will face a higher regulatory
burden than local insurers when operating in other member states because
companies will only have to comply with one set of principles and rules, and
there will be a streamlined approach to group supervision, thereby reducing

The committee said there is potential for benefits for customers and the UK
industry when the draft directive is agreed towards the end of next year.

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