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05/07/2018 ESMA71-99-999 SMSG Renewal July 2018 Press Release , Press Release PDF
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03/04/2018 ESMA71-99-958 ESMA continues to focus on convergence in enforcement of IFRS across the EU , , Press Release PDF
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27/10/2017 ESMA71-99-623 Press Release on 2017 Enforcement Priorities , , , Press Release PDF
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18/07/2017 ESMA71-99-521 ESMA recommends improvements in financial information enforcement , , Press Release PDF
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29/10/2021 ESMA71-99-1751 Press Release- European enforcers target COVID-19 and climate-related disclosures , , , Press Release PDF
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15/04/2021 ESMA71-99-1651 ESMA highlights need for increased efforts on EMIR and SFTR data quality , , , Press Release PDF
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28/10/2020 ESMA71-99-1422 Press Release European Common Enforcement Priorities 2020 , , , Press Release PDF
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16/06/2020 ESMA71-99-1349 ESMA Press Release SMSG 2020 , , Press Release PDF
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11/06/2020 ESMA71-99-1342 Decision Short Selling Reporting Renewal Statement , , , Press Release PDF
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15/04/2020 ESMA71-99-1318 ESMA issues positive opinions on short selling bans by 5 jurisdictions , , , Press Release PDF
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16/03/2020 ESMA71-99-1291 ESMA requires net short position holders to report positions of 0.1% and above , , , Press Release PDF
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09/03/2020 ESMA71-99-1287 ESMA Supervision WP 2020 , , , , , Press Release PDF
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14/02/2020 ESMA71-99-1282 ESMA seeks candidates for its stakeholder group , Press Release PDF
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27/03/2019 ESMA71-99-1128 EU enforcers focus on new IFRS standards and non-financial information , , Press Release PDF
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04/12/2018 ESMA71-99-1069 ESMA appoints a new Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group Press Release PDF
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26/10/2018 ESMA71-99-1052 European enforcers to focus on new IFRSs and non-financial information in issuers’ 2018 annual reports , , Press Release PDF
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04/12/2019 ESMA70-21038340-46 Compliance table for the Guidelines on market making activities under the Short Selling Regulation , , Compliance table PDF
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01/12/2020 ESMA32-67-142 Compliance table on ESMA Guidelines on the enforcement of financial information , Compliance table PDF
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28/10/2016 ESMA/2016/1527 ESMA sets enforcement priorities for listed companies’ 2016 financial statements , , Press Release PDF
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29/03/2016 2016/406 ESMA publishes report on EU accounting enforcement in 2015 , , , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its annual report on the enforcement and regulatory activities of accounting enforcers within the European Union (EU) in 2015. ESMA continued strengthening supervisory convergence in the area of financial reporting to improve the consistency and quality across the EU, notably by issuing guidelines, publishing statements on areas of focus and coordinating enforcement decisions.

ESMA and national enforcers examined 189 listed issuers’ compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), across 26 countries, in the areas identified by the 2014 European Common Enforcement Priorities. The examination resulted in enforcement action against 40 (21%) issuers with regulators finding shortcomings in the disclosure of assumptions and judgements related to the:

  • recognition, measurement and disclosures of deferred tax assets arising from tax losses;
  • assessment of control over an entity in the absence of majority equity interest or majority shareholding rights; and
  • classification of joint arrangements.

National enforcers also reviewed the interim or annual financial statements of around 1,200 issuers, representing approximately 20% of issuers of securities listed on EU regulated markets, which led to action against 273 (25%) of those issuers examined. Enforcers found the main deficiencies were related to the presentation of financial statements, impairment of non-financial assets and accounting for financial instruments.