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Amid growing evidence that short selling bans function, at best, as very temporary circuit breakers with no long term effect on volatility, several European regulators have lifted their bans on short selling as of February 2012. The bans, imposed in August 2011, have followed the trajectory set out below (along with a summary of the disclosure regime still in force in the UK and the on-going position in Greece). In all cases, while the regulators have lifted outright bans, disclosure requirements and various restrictions on naked short selling remain in place