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|21/05/2015||2015/876||Press Release- ESMA publishes response to Capital Markets Union Green Paper||Corporate Information, Press Releases||Press Release||PDF
|28/10/2014||2014/1310||Press Release- ESMA sets enforcement priorities for listed companies’ financial statements||Corporate Disclosure, IFRS Supervisory Convergence||Press Release||PDF
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Public Statement on European Common Enforcement Priorities (Priorities) for 2014. These Priorities identify topics which ESMA, together with European national enforcers, see as a key focus of their examinations of listed companies’ financial statements.The common enforcement priorities encompass the following topics: Preparation and presentation of consolidated financial statements and related disclosures; Financial reporting by entities which have joint arrangements and related disclosures; and Recognition and measurement of deferred tax assets. These topics are important, as they either introduce significant changes to accounting practices following the implementation of new standards, or because the current economic environment poses particular challenges to issuers in the application of certain IFRS requirements, notably when forecasting future taxable profits in periods of low economic growth.Steven Maijoor, ESMA Chair, said: “The aim of the common enforcement priorities is to achieve a high level of harmonisation in enforcement and to contribute to consistency in the application of IFRS across the EU. “In view of the impact of new standards on financial information, ESMA believes that listed companies and their auditors should pay particular attention in the areas of consolidated financial statements, joint arrangements and valuation of deferred tax assets when preparing and auditing their 2014 IFRS financial statements.“This will contribute to ensuring the relevance and reliability of financial information provided to investors, and ultimately contributes to the proper functioning of Europe’s capital markets.”Furthermore, the Public Statement highlights two areas that should be considered in the preparation of the 2014 financial statements. ESMA and the national enforcers expect EU listed banks to provide relevant information in relation to material impacts resulting from the European Central Bank’s Comprehensive Assessment of the banking sector and on any changes in the level of regulatory capital required. In addition, ESMA considers that findings included in the 2013 ESMA Report on comparability of financial statements of financial institutions continue to be of high relevance for the 2014 annual reports. The Public Statement also encourages listed companies to provide entity-specific disclosures, relevant to their performance and financial situation at the end of the period presented. ESMA believes that the early involvement and commitment of senior management in this respect is vital to ensure that listed companies give relevant and reliable information to investors.Application will be monitored and supervisedESMA and European national enforcers will monitor and supervise the application of the IFRS requirements outlined in the Priorities, with national authorities incorporating them into their reviews and taking corrective actions where appropriate. ESMA will collect data on how European listed entities have applied the Priorities and will publish its findings in early 2016.Notes for editors 2014/1309 ESMA Public Statement - European common enforcement priorities for 2014 financial statements 2014/1293 ESMA Guidelines on enforcement of financial information 2013/1664 ESMA Review of Accounting Practices - Comparability of IFRS Financial Statements of Financial Institutions in Europe 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). 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.
|14/12/2018||ESMA71-99-1074||Press Release- Final Report on tick size regime||MiFID - Secondary Markets, Press Releases||Press Release||PDF
|05/04/2017||ESMA71-99-386||Press release: ESMA clarifies market structure issues under MiFID II||MiFID - Secondary Markets||Press Release||PDF
|07/03/2018||ESMA71-99-953||Press release: ESMA publishes double volume cap data||MiFID - Secondary Markets, Press Releases||Press Release||PDF
|31/03/2015||2015/662||Press release: ESMA sees improved transparency of issuers financial statements – more information needed on forbearance practices and impairment tests||Corporate Disclosure, IFRS Supervisory Convergence, Press Releases||Press Release||PDF
|12/07/2019||ESMA70-156-1065||Press_Release_ESMA launches consultation on cost of market data and consolidated tape||MiFID - Secondary Markets, Press Releases||Press Release||PDF
|18/01/2018||ESMA71-99-930||Product Intervention Call for Evidence PR||MiFID - Investor Protection, Press Releases||Press Release||PDF
|17/02/2016||2016/300||Warning- Unauthorised use of ESMA’s identity and logo||Corporate Information, Press Releases||Press Release||PDF
Unauthorised use of ESMA’s identity and logo
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has been informed that its identity and logo have been used in communications targeting company employees in order to request the transfer of company money.
In addition, ESMA has been informed that attempts were made to use the name of a senior member of ESMA staff also for the purpose of fraudulent scams targeting a savings bank and a listed issuer.
Please note that all references to ESMA or any ESMA employees in these communications, which do not originate from ESMA, are entirely false and have been made without ESMA’s knowledge or consent.
In order to protect yourself against these unauthorised communications, ESMA advises you:
Be aware that fraudsters might use ESMA’s name, logo or the name of an ESMA staff member, a bogus website which appears to be that of ESMA, and/or make bogus references to people said to work in ESMA. Be aware of the following when making your checks:
|03/10/2018||ESMA71-99-1046||WP 2019 Press Release||Board of Supervisors, Corporate Information, Planning reporting budget||Press Release||PDF