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12/11/2012 2012/725 European common enforcement priorities for 2012 financial statements Reference PDF
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20/12/2012 2012/853 Treatment of Forbearance Practices in IFRS Financial Statements of Financial Institutions , Statement PDF
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20/12/2012 2012/854 ESMA issues statement on forbearance practices , , Press Release PDF
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ESMA issues statement on forbearance practicesThe European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued a Public Statement on the Treatment of Forbearance Practices in IFRS Financial Statements of Financial Institutions.  The statement deals with the definition of forbearance practices, their impact on the impairment of financial assets and the specific disclosures relating to forbearance activities that listed financial institutions should include in their IFRS financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2012.The statement results from ESMA’s concerns that a lack of consistency amongst issuers in this area raises issues over the transparency and accuracy of their financial statements.  ESMA believes that the consistent application of IFRS principles promotes comparability among listed financial institutions’ financial statements.This forms part of broader work on forbearance practices undertaken by regulators, including the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), who are examining the issue in the context of prudential reporting and macro-economic risks respectively.Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair said:“ESMA and national authorities have become concerned at the lack of clarity in financial issuers’ financial statements regarding their treatment of forbearance-related practices, and the potential impact this might have on issuer’s financial performance and position, with consequences for investors and markets.“We have seen the impact of an inadequate approach to forbearance and impairment in previous financial crises and our aim is to avoid a similar situation developing here in the EU.  We believe that by promoting an appropriate and consistent approach to the definition of forbearance, measurement of impairment and related disclosures, investors can be confident that issuers’ financial statements accurately reflect credit risk exposures and the credit quality of their financial assets.”“A uniformly consistent approach on this issue in the EU will contribute to the proper functioning of financial markets, the maintenance of financial stability in the European Union and improved investor protection.”Forbearance and objective evidence of impairmentForbearance occurs when the borrower is considered to be unable to meet the terms and conditions of the contract due to financial difficulties and ,based on these difficulties, it decides to modify the terms and conditions of the contract to allow the borrower sufficient ability to service the debt or refinance.  Therefore, forbearance measures constitute objective evidence of impairment under IFRS.Forbearance and asset impairmentAs forbearance measures are extended due to the financial difficulties of the borrower, ESMA expects that issuers would have  when assessing the impairment of those loans:•    identified whether a loss event has had an impact on the estimated future cash flows;•    based impairment calculations on the estimated future cash flows and not the contractual cash flows; and•    applied a heightened level of scepticism when estimating the future cash flows, as well as other parameters used. Required disclosures in the year-end IFRS financial statementsThe disclosures to be provided by financial institutions, regarding their forbearance practices in their annual IFRS financial statements, should include the following qualitative aspects:•    details of the types of forbearance practices undertaken during the reporting period;•    description of the risks related to the forbearance practices undertaken, and how these risks are managed and monitored for internal management purposes;•    accounting policies applied in respect of the forborn assets; and•     description of any changes in these aspects from the prior period.The issuers should also provide quantitative disclosures in order to enable users to evaluate the impact of forbearance measures on the credit risk profile of their loan portfolios and their financial position and performance. ESMA expects such quantitative disclosures to be included in the 2012 financial statements as far as possible, and in any event they should be implemented and reflected in 2013’s annual financial statements.Next StepsESMA, together with EU national competent authorities, will continue to monitor the level of transparency that issuers provide in their financial statements on forbearance related measures and their impact on impairment, and will consider whether further action is required.  The statement complements ESMA’s common enforcement priorities for the 2012 year-end IFRS financial statements which were published in November 2012.

11/01/2013 2013/12 Principles for Benchmarks-Setting Processes in the EU Consultation Paper PDF
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11/01/2013 EBA/BS/2013/001 Letter to EBF on Euribor Letter PDF
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11/01/2013 EBA/BS/2013/002 Report on the administration and management of Euribor Final Report PDF
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11/01/2013 EBA/REC/2013/01 EBA Recommendations on supervisory oversight of activities related to banks’ participation in the Euribor panel Reference PDF
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11/01/2013 2013/13 ESMA and the EBA take action to strengthen Euribor and benchmark rate-setting processes , Press Release PDF
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15/01/2013 2013/9 Letter to IFRS IC- Elimination of intercompany profits between an issuer and its joint venture Letter PDF
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21/01/2013 2013/2 European enforcers review of impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets in the IFRS financial statements Final Report PDF
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14/02/2013 2013/218 Considerations of materiality in financial reporting , Final Report PDF
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14/02/2013 2013/215 ESMA issues first risk report on EU securities markets , Press Release PDF
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14/02/2013 2013/212 Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities report Final Report PDF
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14/02/2013 2013/213 ESMA Risk Dashboard No.1, 2013 Final Report PDF
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21/02/2013 2013/244 Letter to the IFRS regarding discontinued operations- change in disposal method Letter PDF
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14/03/2013 ESA/2013/007 Possible Framework for the Regulation of the Production and Use of Indices Serving as Benchmarks in Financial and other Contracts , Letter PDF
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04/04/2013 2013/444 13th Extract from the EECS’s Database of Enforcement Report PDF
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06/06/2013 2013/658 Final Report- ESMA-EBA Principles for Benchmark-Setting Processes in the EU Final Report PDF
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06/06/2013 2013/684 ESMA and the EBA publish final principles on benchmarks , , Press Release PDF
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10/06/2013 2013/712 ESMA Risk Dashboard No.2, 2013 Final Report PDF
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