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Former French MEP to be heard as EFRAG President

23 May 2016

An agenda for the next meeting of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) of the European Parliament reveals that Jean-Paul Gauzès, Member of the European Parliament from 2004 until 2014, will be heard as candidate proposed by the European Commission for the role of President of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) on 30 May.

The agenda is available here; it does not reveal more than that there will be a hearing followed by an exchange of views and a vote.

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Two appointments made to the IFRS Interpretations Committee

23 May 2016

The IFRS Foundation has announced the appointment of two new members to the IFRS Interpretations Committee. The Interpretations Committee is the interpretative body of the IFRS Foundation.

The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation have appointed Yang Zheng, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of China Life Insurance Company, and Bertrand Perrin, Director, Accounting Standards & Special Projects at Vivendi, to the IFRS Interpretations Committee for three-year terms beginning on 1 July 2016.

For more information, see the press release on the IASB's website.

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Recent sustainability and integrated reporting developments

23 May 2016

A summary of recent developments at the GRI, the UNEP, the FSB/TCFD, and the IIRC and FEE.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) held its 5th GRI Global Conference last week. Quite a few developments were announced, discussed and commented on. Among other things, the UN Global Compact and GRI announced a renewed Memorandum of Understanding outlining continued collaboration over the next three years and GRI announced the launch of a Digital Reporting Alliance. There is a dedicated GRI website with all press releases issued in connection with and during the three day conference.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRI have jointly published their annual report on regulation on sustainability reporting offering an overview of global trends and develoipments. Please click to access the 2016 edition of Carrots & Sticks (external link).

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has announced the names of additional members of its Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) for the second phase of the work of the task force. Among the new members is Eric Dugelay, Global Leader of Sustainability Services at Deloitte. Please click for more information of the FSB website.

On 6 April, the The Federation of European Accountants (Fédération des Experts-comptables Européens, FEE) and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) held a joint event "Enhancing transparency and value: From the Non-Financial Information Directive to Integrated Reporting". A report from that event is now available on the IIRC website.

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Agenda for the June 2016 IFRS Advisory Council meeting

21 May 2016

An agenda has been released for the upcoming meeting of the IFRS Advisory Council, which is being held in London on 13-14 June 2016. Highlights of the meeting will be thorough discussions of the 2015 Agenda Consultation and of technological disruption of financial reporting.

A summary of the agenda is set out below:

Monday 13 June 2016

Morning session (09:15-13:00)

  • Welcome and Chairman's preview
  • IASB and IFRS Foundation activities
  • 2015 Agenda Consultation
    • Introduction
    • Break-out session
  • Members' communications

Afternoon session (14:00-17:00)

  • Trustee activities
  • Review of structure and effectiveness of the IFRS Foundation – May 2016 Trustee meeting report
  • Technological disruption of financial reporting
    • Introduction
    • Break-out session

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Morning session (09:30-12:30)

  • 2015 Agenda Consultation – report back from break-out sessions
  • Timeline for developing Standards – IFRS 16 Leases as an example

Afternoon session (13:30-15:15)

  • Technological disruption of financial reporting – report back from break-out sessions
  • Sum up discussions

Some agenda papers for the meeting are already available on the IASB website, the rest will be posted in due course.

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EFRAG, EFFAS and ABAF/BVFA joint investor outreach on leases

20 May 2016

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG), the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS), and the Association Belge des Analystes Financiers (ABAF/BVFA) will host a joint event on 5 July in Brussels on new leases standard, IFRS 16.

The event will feature discussions related to the main differences between the new leases standard (IFRS 16) and the existing standard (IAS 17). In addition, participates will have a chance to express their views concerning the implementation of the new standard. Views expressed will be considered by the EFRAG as it develops its endorsement status advice.

For more information, see the press release on the EFRAG’s website.

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IASB updates work plan

20 May 2016

Following its May 2016 meeting, the IASB has updated its work plan. As mentioned before, directly tracing the Board's progress on the individual projects has become impossible since the change of the work plan format in July 2015, unless the Board makes definite progress or has to make larger corrections. Of these, only a few can be identified since the previous work plan. However, the IASB has begun to indicate the month which issuance of exposure drafts or final standards may occur.

Changes to the work plan include:

Major projects

  • No changes made to major projects.

Im­ple­men­ta­tion projects

In addition, the work plan has updated the details of the primary financial statements, income taxes, and share-based payment (where the IASB has decided not to perform any further research on this topic or to publish a formal consultation document) research projects and indicated that a feedback statement on the 2015 agenda consultation is expected within 6 months; previously it was after 6 months.

Independent of the work plan update the IASB has also confirmed that final amendments to IFRS 4 regarding the application of  IFRS 9 with IFRS 4 are expected to be published in September 2016.

The revised IASB work plan is available on the IASB's website.

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IASB posts eighth and last webinar on insurance contracts standard

20 May 2016

The IASB has posted the final instalment of its weekly webinar series on the upcoming insurance contracts standard.

The series, hosted by IASB member Darrel Scott, discusses the following topics related to the upcoming insurance contracts standard:

For more information as well as presentation slides, see the webinar page on the IASB’s website.

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IASB publishes editorial corrections

20 May 2016

The IASB has published editorial corrections to consequential amendments made by IFRS 16 'Leases'.

The editorial corrections affect the application guidance of the following standards:

  • IAS 32 Financial Instruments: Presentation
  • IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement

Editorial corrections do not change the meaning or application of pronouncements, but instead correct inadvertent errors. The editorial corrections can be viewed on the editorial corrections page of the IASB's website.

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Study into IFRS adoption and capital globalisation in Korea

20 May 2016

The Korean Accounting Standards Board (KASB) has made available another of its research reports commissioned five years after Korea adopted IFRS in 2011.

The new study investigates whether the usefulness of financial information of Korean firms has been enhanced in terms of international comparability, relevance, reliability, quality, economic substance, and accessibility following the full adoption of IFRS in Korea in 2011. It also examines whether the capital of Korean firms became more globalised, that is, whether international financing of Korean firms has increased. The study finds that due to the greater understandibility, accessibility, and comparability of the financial information provided foreign investors who had originally concentrated on large Korean firms enlarged their investment portfolios to include smaller firms since the adoption of IFRS.

Please click to access the study on the KASB website.

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May 2016 IASB meeting notes posted

19 May 2016

The IASB met at its offices in London on 17–19 May 2016. We have posted the Deloitte observer notes from all of the sessions.

Please click through for direct access to the notes:

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Thursday, 19 May 2016

You can also access the preliminary and unofficial notes taken by Deloitte observers for the entire meeting.

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