Responses to the EU consultation on country-by-country reporting
04 Apr 2011
In October 2010, the European Commission started a public consultation in order to gather stakeholders' views on country-by-country reporting by multinational companies. Country-by-country reporting is a concept that would require multinational companies to disclose financial information on their operations in third countries in their annual financial statements.
The overall result of the consultation shows a rather diverse pattern of opinions (especially on questions 1 to 3), reflecting the opinions of several categories of respondents: where preparers, accountants and auditors were in general opposed to requirements to report on a country-by-country basis, users and other respondents were in favour.
However, a detailed analysis shows that the industry most directly concerned – the extractive industry, in particular oil and gas – expressed in general a constructive view as they consider this to be conducive to improving domestic accountability and governance in resource-rich countries.