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Austria

Financial reporting framework in Austria

Adoption of IFRSs in Europe effective in 2005

In June 2002, the European Union adopted an IAS Regulation requiring European companies listed in an EU securities market, including banks and insurance companies, to prepare their consolidated financial statements in accordance with IFRSs starting with financial statements for financial year 2005 onwards. EU countries have the option to:

  • Require or permit IFRSs for unlisted companies.
  • Require or permit IFRSs in parent company (unconsolidated) financial statements.
  • Permit companies whose only listed securities are debt securities to delay IFRS adoption until 2007.
  • Permit companies that are listed on exchanges outside of the EU and that currently prepare their primary financial statements using a non-EU GAAP (in most cases this would be US GAAP) to delay IFRS adoption until 2007.

The European IAS regulation applies not only to the 28 EU Member States but also to the three members of the European Economic Area (EEA) - Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

Austria is an EU Member State. Consequently, Austrian companies listed in an EU/EEA securities market follow IFRSs since 2005. In February 2012, the European Commission published the results of an updated survey of the (then) 27 EU member states and the 3 EEA member states regarding the four options above. For information on each country's plans, click to access:

The European Commission has adopted the following wording for use in the notes to the accounts and in the audit reports of companies subject to EU Regulation 1606/2002/EC (the 'IAS regulation'):

  • "in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the EU" or
  • "in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the EU".

Companies may also state, in a footnote, compliance with IFRSs as adopted by the IASB, if that is the case.

Vienna Stock Exchange

The Vienna Stock Exchange (Wiener Borse) has three markets: Official Market, Second Regulated Market, and Third Market. The EU IAS Regulation does not apply to the Third Market.

The financial instruments traded on the markets of Wiener Borse are grouped into the following segments: equity market, (shares), bond market (bonds), derivatives market (derivatives), structured products (certificates, exchange traded funds, investment funds, and warrants), and other securities (shares, participation certificates). These segments can include both IFRS and non-IFRS companies.

IAS Plus in German

Deloitte Germany offers a German translation of IAS Plus including all news stories and background material. The information is supplemented with news from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein: www.iasplus.de. There is also an overview of all IAS Plus German language publications available on the site.

Correction list for hyphenation

These words serve as exceptions. Once entered, they are only hyphenated at the specified hyphenation points. Each word should be on a separate line.