January 23, 2009 Euroclear (Brussels) has launched the Euroclear Settlement of Euronext-zone Securities (ESES) platform, enabling market participants in three EU markets " Belgium, France and the Netherlands " can process all fixed-income, equity and other domestic securities transactions with the same platform.

With ESES, cross-border transactions between counterparties in Belgium, France and the Netherlands are processed as domestic transactions. As a result, Euroclear is eliminating in the ESES markets the complexities, risks and excess costs of cross-border transactions as identified by the Giovannini Group, the European Commission and many others in the public and private sectors, according to the company.