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FEE publishes policy statement on the EC proposals for the recast of the 4th and 7th Accounting Directives

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06 Dec 2012

On 25 October 2011 the European Commission published proposals for revising the Accounting Directives and the Transparency Directive which have been discussed widely throughout Europe. The final report of the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) of 25 September 2012 however seems to indicate that there is a gap between the views in the European Parliament and the Council. The Federation of European Accountants (Fédération des Experts-comptables Européens, FEE) believes that some of the differences are due to misconceptions and has therefore published a Policy Statement that is intended to inform the debate and also to represent the accountants' view as a third major party involved in the discussions.

Among the misconceptions FEE makes out that were either already introduced with the EC's proposals or crystallized in the ensuing debate is the believe that accounting and auditing are mere burdens and should be reduced as far as possible. FEE states:

Accounting and auditing are not “administrative burdens” but essential tools to enable managers to manage, investors to invest and enterprises to trade, grow and create wealth and employment; accounting and auditing also have a public interest dimension by contributing to improving the functioning of markets and enhancing corporate governance, transparency and stability.

FEE also warns of the excessive focus that has been given to country-by-country reporting. Although FEE welcomes initiatives to increase transparency in this area the statement encourages the parties involved "to redirect their attention and focus on key accounting issues that are essential for the establishment of a robust and long-lasting European accounting framework".

The Policy Statement also considers general matters related to accounting that should be discussed further. Among these are disclosures, the use of fair value accounting and a possibility for member states to permit the use of the IFRS for SMEs.

Please click for access to the Policy Statement on the FEE website.

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