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11/05/2017 ESMA32-60-172 Invitation to the ESMA European Single Electronic Format Meet-the-Market Workshop , , Reference PDF
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24/04/2017 ESMA 32-67-184 Compliance table- guidelines on APMs ESMA 2015-1415 , Compliance table PDF
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10/04/2017 ESMA71-99-382 ESMA reports on EU accounting enforcement in 2016 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 2016.

ESMA, in 2016, continued strengthening supervisory convergence in the area of financial reporting, to improve the consistency and quality across the EU. ESMA achieves this through coordinating the national enforcers’ decisions, publishing annual enforcement priorities and publishing statements on areas of focus such as the implementation of the new standards IFRS 9 and IFRS 15.

10/04/2017 ESMA32-51-382 Enforcement and Regulatory Activities of Accounting Enforcers in 2016 Report PDF
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The report provides an overview of the activities of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and the accounting enforcers in the European Economic Area (EEA), hereafter ‘European enforcers’, when examining compliance of financial information provided by issuers with IFRS in 2016. It also provides an overview of the main activities performed at European level, quantitative information on enforcement activities in Europe as well as ESMA’s contribution to the development of the single rulebook in the area of financial reporting. In addition, it also outlines ESMA’s activities for 2017 in the area of corporate reporting following its Supervisory Convergence Work Programme.

06/04/2017 ESMA32-61-135 Comment Letter to IASB on ED 'Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2015–2017 Cycle' , , Letter PDF
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06/04/2017 ESMA32-61-136 Comment Letter to EFRAG on ED 'Annual Improvements to IFRS Standards 2015–2017 Cycle' , , Letter PDF
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05/01/2017 ESMA32-65-68 Call for expressions of interest Consultative Working Group for ESMA's Corporate Reporting Standing Committee (CRSC) , Reference PDF
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05/01/2017 ESMA32-65-67 Application Form for CRSC CWG , Reference DOCX
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05/01/2017 2016/1621 2016-1621 ESMA letter to EC on postponement of ESEF RTS , , Letter PDF
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21/12/2016 2016/1682 2016-1682 Press Release on Feedback Statement on ESEF , , , Press Release PDF
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21/12/2016 2016/1668 2016-1668 ESMA feedback statement on ESEF , , Report PDF
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10/11/2016 2016-1564 ESMA prepares for new International Financial Reporting Standard 9 , , , Press Release PDF
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10/11/2016 2016-1563 Issues for consideration in implementing IFRS 9: Financial Instruments , , Statement PDF
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28/10/2016 ESMA/2016/1528 European common enforcement priorities for 2016 financial statements , , Statement 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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28/07/2016 2016/1170 Report on EEA prospectus activity in 2015 , Report PDF
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22/07/2016 2016/1161 Comment letter to the IFRS Interpretations Committee’s tentative agenda decision on IAS 32 , Letter PDF
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01/07/2016 2016/1062 Announcement Alternative Performance Measures Guidelines in force Statement PDF
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26/05/2016 2016/728 Comment letter to IAASB on Audit Quality , Letter 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.