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30/04/2013 OJ/17/04/2013-PROC/2013/004 Training and e-learning services for ESMA — Deadline 3 June 2013 CLOSED Procedure PDF
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  Description of the contract The Authority intends to conclude framework contracts for the provision of: E-learning course catalogue (Lot 1)   And multiply framework contracts with reopening competition for: Development of an E-learning course (Lot 2) Blended learning courses in the domain of the financial markets and economics (Lot 3) Training courses in the domain of the financial markets and economics (Lot 4) Soft-skills development training related supervision and regulation (Lot 5)     Contract notice Annex I Model contract for Lot 1 Annex I Model contract for Lot 2,3,4 Q&A List 1 Q&A List 2 Q&A List 3 Q&A List 4
19/07/2013 2013/1013 Guidelines on enforcement of financial information , Consultation Paper PDF
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Responding to this paper The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is seeking comments on all matters covered in this paper and in particular on the specific questions summarised in Annex 1. Comments are most helpful if they: respond to the question stated; indicate the specific question to which the comment relates; contain a clear rationale; and describe any alternatives ESMA should consider. Deadline ESMA will consider all comments received by 15 October 2013. All contributions should be submitted online at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading “Your input - Consultations” Publication of responses All contributions received will be published following the close of the consultation, unless you request otherwise. Please clearly and prominently indicate in your submission any part you do not wish to be publicly disclosed. A standard confidentiality statement in an email message will not be treated as a request for non-disclosure. A confidential response may be requested from us in accordance with ESMA’s rules on access to documents. We may consult you if we receive such a request. Any decision we make not to disclose the response is reviewable by ESMA’s Board of Appeal and the European Ombudsman. Data protection Information on data protection can be found at www.esma.europa.eu under the heading “Legal Notice”. Who should read this paper All interested parties are invited to respond to this consultation paper. It will primarily be of interest to those charged with the governance of issuers preparing financial information, users of financial information, auditors, and other parties who have a particular interest in financial reporting.

19/07/2013 2013/1014 ESMA consults on accounting enforcement guidelines , Press Release PDF
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ESMA consults on accounting enforcement guidelines The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on Guidelines on the enforcement of financial information published by listed entities in the European Union (EU). The Guidelines aim to strengthen and promote greater supervisory convergence in existing enforcement practices amongst EU national authorities, thereby ensuring the proper and rigorous enforcement of financial information disclosure practices in the EU. The Guidelines establish the principles to be followed in the enforcement process, by clearly defining: • enforcement and its scope; • expected characteristics of the enforcer; • acceptable selection techniques and other aspects of enforcement methodology; • the types of enforcement actions that may be available to enforcers; and • how enforcement activities are coordinated within ESMA. The Guidelines also propose that the coordination of European enforcers by ESMA should involve the development of coordinated views on accounting matters prior to national enforcement actions, the identification of common enforcement priorities and common responses to the accounting standard setter to ensure consistent application of the financial reporting framework. The proposed Guidelines apply to all competent authorities and any other bodies from the EU undertaking enforcement responsibilities under the Transparency Directive, and IFRS Regulation. Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, said: “ESMA believes that in order to achieve a proper and rigorous enforcement there is a need for a common EU approach to the enforcement of financial information disclosures. These proposed Guidelines, if applied consistently across the EU, will promote uniform application of the financial reporting standards, help avoid regulatory arbitrage by issuers and promote investor confidence in financial markets.” The closing date for responses to this consultation is 15 October 2013 and ESMA expects to publish the final guidelines in 2014.

22/07/2013 2013/1022 IFRS Enforcement in Europe in 2012 Final Report PDF
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26/07/2013 OJ/16/07/2013 – PROC/2013/005 Data gathering and impact assessment on implementing measures for the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation (Deadline for submission: 20/09/2013) CLOSED Procedure PDF
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Deadline for submission 2 September 20 September 2013 at 16:00 local time (Paris 12.00h, GMT + 1) (Updated) Corrigendum 2013/S 152-263733   Invitation letter Annex I Model Contract Contract notice Q&A List 1
19/08/2013 OJ/06/08/2013 Travel Agency Services (New deadline for submission: 30/09/2013) CLOSED Procedure PDF
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Tender specifications Invitation letter Annex I Model contract Contract notice 2013/S 158-275078 Annex VII Financial proposal Annex X Questionnaire of professional capacities Annex XI Technical proposal Annex XII Mission Guide (ESMA) Annex XIII Mission Guide (EIOPA) Annex XIV Hotels ceilings Annex XVI Quality feedback form Q&A List 1 Q&A List 2 eNotices Corrigendum-2013-122902–F14-EN
16/10/2013 2013/LCC/039 ESMA Specific Privacy Notice – Public procurement , Reference PDF
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29/10/2013 2013/1545 14th Extract from the EECS' database of enforcement Report PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is publishing extracts from its confidential database of enforcement decisions on financial statements, with the aim of providing issuers and users of financial statements with relevant information on the appropriate application of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). European enforcers monitor and review financial statements published by issuers with securities traded on a regulated market who prepare their financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and consider whether they comply with IFRS and other applicable reporting requirements, including relevant national law. Publication of enforcement decisions will inform market participants about which accounting treatments European national enforcers may consider as complying with IFRS; that is, whether the treatments are considered as being within the accepted range of those permitted by IFRS. Such publication, together with the rationale behind these decisions, will contribute to a consistent application of IFRS in the EEA.

11/11/2013 2013/1634 European common enforcement priorities for 2013 financial statements , Statement PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its European Common Enforcement Priorities (Priorities) for 2013. These Priorities are to be used by European Economic Area (EEA) national authorities in their assessment of listed companies’ 2013 financial statements. ESMA has defined these Priorities in order to promote the consistent application of IFRS across the EEA. Listed companies and their auditors should take account of the areas set out in the Priorities when preparing and auditing the IFRS financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2013. The Priorities identified refer to the application of IFRS in relation to: • Impairment of non-financial assets; • Measurement and disclosure of post-employment benefit obligations; • Fair value measurement and disclosure; • Disclosures related to significant accounting policies, judgements and estimates; and • Measurement of financial instruments and disclosure of related risks.

11/11/2013 2013/1635 ESMA announces financial statements’ enforcement priorities for 2013 , , Press Release PDF
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The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its European Common Enforcement Priorities (Priorities) for 2013. These Priorities are to be used by European Economic Area (EEA) national authorities in their assessment of listed companies’ 2013 financial statements. ESMA has defined these Priorities in order to promote the consistent application of IFRS across the EEA. Listed companies and their auditors should take account of the areas set out in the Priorities when preparing and auditing the IFRS financial statements for the year ending 31 December 2013. The Priorities identified refer to the application of IFRS in relation to: • Impairment of non-financial assets; • Measurement and disclosure of post-employment benefit obligations; • Fair value measurement and disclosure; • Disclosures related to significant accounting policies, judgements and estimates; and • Measurement of financial instruments and disclosure of related risks. Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, said: “ESMA, in setting out these enforcement priorities for listed companies financial statements, aims to ensure that the IFRS recognition, measurement and disclosure principles are consistently applied across the EEA. “Consistent application of accounting standards is a key factor in ensuring the transparency and accuracy of the financial information which investors rely upon, and ultimately contributes to the proper functioning of Europe’s capital markets. “Finally, considering the focus on asset quality in the financial sector, listed financial institutions and their auditors should pay particular attention to properly measuring financial instruments and the accurate disclosure of related risks.” ESMA and the national competent authorities will monitor the application of the IFRS requirements outlined in the Priorities, with national authorities incorporating them into their reviews and taking corrective actions where appropriate. In addition to these Priorities, national authorities may also focus on other locally relevant areas as part of their review. Therefore, national enforcement processes may not be limited to the specific issues contained in this statement. ESMA will collect data on how European listed entities have applied the Priorities and will publish its findings on these Priorities in early 2015. It expects to publish its findings on the 2012 Priorities in early 2014.

11/11/2013 2013/1637 Keynote Speech at Financial Reporting Outlook (Ernst & Young) Conference, London , Speech PDF
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Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), delivered the keynote speech at the Ernst & Young Financial Reporting Outlook Conference in London.

18/11/2013 OJ/06/11/2013-PROC/2013/007 Training services for ESMA (Deadline for submission: [UPDATED] new deadline 27/01/2014) CLOSED Procedure PDF
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Tender: Training services for ESMA New Deadline for submission: 27/01/2014 Invitation to tender (be updated deadline is 27/01/2014) Framework Service Contract with ESMA Contract notice Corrigendum – Change of Deadline Questions and Answers 1 Questions and Answers 2
18/11/2013 2013/1665 ESMA- Financial institutions must improve financial statement disclosures , , Press Release PDF
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ESMA - Financial institutions must improve financial statement disclosures The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published a Review of the comparability and quality of disclosures in 2012 IFRS financial statements of listed financial institutions. The Review makes recommendations aimed at enhancing the transparency of financial statements through the improvement of disclosures in certain key areas including: credit risk and impact of forbearance practices; liquidity and funding risk; asset encumbrance and fair value measurement of financial instruments. ESMA, while finding that the required disclosures under IFRS were generally observed, also identified broad variations in the quality of the information provided, and found some cases where that was insufficient or insufficiently structured to allow comparability among financial institutions. Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, said: “ESMA has identified a number of areas where financial institutions can improve the information that they provide in their financial statements, particularly on issues such as credit risk and forbearance. “We expect that financial institutions and their auditors will take into account our recommendations when preparing and auditing the IFRS financial statements for 2013. “ESMA believes that accurate and comparable financial statements play a key role in maintaining both investor and market confidence, which in turn contributes to financial stability and promotes sound economic growth.” The Review ESMA decided to undertake a review of some of the key areas of the financial statements prepared by listed financial institutions across the EU in order to assess their comparability and the quality of disclosures. The review was based on a sample of 39 large European financial institutions from 16 jurisdictions, mostly consisting of banks that were included in the latest EBA stress-test exercise, most of which will move under the ECB supervision in 2014. The review focused on the following areas: • Structure and content of the income statement; • Liquidity and funding risk including the effects of asset encumbrance; • Hedging and the use of derivatives; • Credit risk with a focus on credit risk management, forbearance practices, non-performing loans and country concentration risk; and • Criteria used to assess impairment of equity securities classified as available-for-sale. Conclusions and Recommendations Some financial institutions provided disclosures that were not specific enough, lacked links between quantitative and narrative information, or provided disclosures that could not be reconciled to the primary financial statements. In particular, ESMA found: • it difficult to compare the income statements of the financial institutions, due to differences in their structure, the line items content and lack of comprehensive accounting policy disclosures; • that in many cases financial statements did not include sufficient information on the use of derivatives. The link between the business purpose and the classification in the financial statements was often unclear; and • significant divergence in the application of the significant or prolonged criteria when assessing impairment of the equity securities classified as available-for-sale. As a result of the conclusions and recommendations included in this review, ESMA expects enhanced disclosures to be provided in 2013 on exposures to credit risk, its mitigation e.g. by collateral, guarantees or credit default swaps, analysis of specific concentrations of credit risk and disclosure of impairment policies in order to enable investors to assess the overall credit risk. While progress was seen in the disclosures relating to forbearance practices following ESMA’s Public Statement in 2012, with more financial institutions providing information on forborne financial assets, ESMA expects financial institutions to provide more granular quantitative information on the effects of forbearance. This would enable investors to assess the level of credit risk related to forborne assets and their impact on the financial position and performance. Furthermore, ESMA believes that improving the level of transparency in the area of liquidity and funding risk, asset encumbrance and fair value measurement of financial instruments is needed as indicated in the ESMA Public Statement on the 2013 European Common Enforcement Priorities. Next Steps ESMA expects that national competent authorities will take appropriate enforcement actions where material breaches of the IFRS requirements have been identified as part of the review and will monitor their progress. As announced in the ESMA Public Statement on the 2013 European Common Enforcement Priorities, ESMA and national competent authorities will focus in the review of 2013 financial statements on a number of areas that are particularly relevant for financial institutions. ESMA will also provide suggestions to the IASB on those areas where it believes additional IFRS guidance can improve the quality and transparency of financial statements. Notes for editors 1. 2013/1664 Review of Accounting Practices - Comparability of IFRS Financial Statements of Financial Institutions in Europe. 2. 2013-1634 Public Statement - European common enforcement priorities for 2013 financial statements. 3. ESMA is an independent EU Authority that was established on 1 January 2011 and works closely with the other European Supervisory Authorities responsible for banking (EBA), and insurance and occupational pensions (EIOPA), and the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB). 4. ESMA’s mission is to enhance the protection of investors and promote stable and well-functioning financial markets in the European Union (EU). As an independent institution, ESMA achieves this aim by building a single rule book for EU financial markets and ensuring its consistent application across the EU. ESMA contributes to the regulation of financial services firms with a pan-European reach, either through direct supervision or through the active co-ordination of national supervisory activity. Press Release 2013/1665 Final Report 2013/1664

03/12/2013 2013/1773 Agenda item request, Issues related to the application of IFRS 5 Letter PDF
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03/12/2013 2013/1774 Agenda item request, Classification and measurement of core inventories Letter PDF
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09/12/2013 OJ/25/11/2013-PROC/2013/008 Economic and Financial Databases (Deadline for submission: [UPDATED] new deadline 20/02/2014) CLOSED Procedure PDF
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Tender: Economic and Financial Databases Tender Specifications (UPDATED DEADLINE and LOT 10 UPDATED) Annex I Draft Framework Service Contract with ESMA Contract notice Ref. 2013/S 236-409027 Invitation to tender (be updated deadline is 20/02/2014) Annex X Corrigendum – Change of Deadline Questions and Answers 1 Questions and Answers 2 Questions and Answers 3 – NEW INFO LOT 10 Questions and Answers 4 Draft Service Quality Plan
17/12/2013 OJ/05/12/2013-PROC/2013/009 Consultancy Services (Deadline for submission: [UPDATED] new deadline 20/02/2014) CLOSED Procedure PDF
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Consultancy – Invitation Letter (new deadline 20/02/2014) Tender Specifications (updated with track changes and new deadline) Consultancy Annex I Consultancy Annex VII Consultancy Annex X (updated with track changes) Consultancy Annex XII Consultancy Annex XIII (updated with track changes) Consultancy Questions and Answers 1 (Deadline updated) Consultancy Questions and Answers 2 (Deadline updated) Consultancy Questions and Answers 3 Consultancy Questions and Answers 4 Corrigendum to Contract Notice (Deadline Extension)
20/01/2014 2014/45 Production of ESMA’s 2013 Annual Report CLOSED Procedure PDF
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Description of required services / products ESMA is seeking a creative agency to produce its annual report for 2013 of approx. 100 pages. Description of Contract – Contract value and duration The production of EMSA’s annual report includes its layout, graphic design, printing and posting. The contract period is from February to June 2014. Companies are asked to state a total fixed price in Euro. Prices quoted must be exclusive of all taxes (ex-cluding VAT), shall be firm and not subject to revision. The total fixed price must include professional fees, travel and any subsistence costs. The indicative total budget for this assignment is: € 20,000 – 30,000. Selection criteria - Conditions for participation ESMA seeks an experienced graphic design company to layout and produce its ESMA’s annual 2013 re-port. The company should: be a communications/graphic design agency with a good knowledge in conceiving, designing and managing the production of (printed) reports; have proven experience in producing annual reports (ideally incl. for the public sector); be able to provide a project team that can communicate and review text in English; be physically available for at least two face-to-face meetings in Paris during the planning phase and if necessary further meetings during the production of the annual report; be able to react quickly and provide on-going support (via phone and/ or e-mail) throughout the project. How to obtain the full Invitation to Tender Should you be interested in participating in this tender, please request the full tender documentation by sending an e-mail with the tender reference to: Sabrina.Bellaouel@esma.europa.eu Date: 20 January 2014 ESMA/2014/45
13/02/2014 2014/175 ESMA Guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures , Consultation Paper PDF
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Reasons for publication In October 2005, the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR), ESMA’s predecessor body, published a Recommendation on Alternative Performance Measures (“CESR Recommendation” CESR/05-178b). The CESR Recommendation was issued mainly in order to reinforce the objectives of Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 July 2002 on the application of international accounting standards. Given the CESR Recommendation has now been in force for more than 8 years, ESMA has decided to review it with the objective of strengthening the principles contained in it. ESMA now plans to re-issue the principles as ESMA [draft] guidelines thus ensuring that issuers and NCAs will make every effort to com-ply with them. Contents ESMA is issuing this Consultation Paper (CP) to inform market participants about the background to its decision to revise the CESR Recommendation and seek their views on such revision. Section II “Introduction” indicates the reasons for which ESMA believes that these [draft] guidelines on APMs should be issued. Section III “Scope and purpose of the [draft] guidelines” indicates when the [draft] guidelines apply and how these [draft] guidelines interact with financial statements. Section IV “Compliance and reporting obligations” describes how issuers and NCAs should comply with the [draft] guidelines. Section V “[Draft] Guidelines on APMs (Background)” describes the rationale followed in preparing the [draft] guidelines and explanations on the principles provided, which are included in full in Annex III. ESMA would appreciate any comments and answers from stakeholders on the questions contained in the consultation paper. For your convenience, the questions are summarised in annex II. Next steps ESMA will consider the feedback it receives to this consultation in 2014 and expects to publish final guide-lines in the fourth quarter of 2014.

14/02/2014 PROC/2014/003 Market Abuse Regulation technical standards data gathering and cost analysis (Deadline for submission: 21/02/2014) CLOSED Procedure PDF
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