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Chairman Michel Prada discusses the path toward global accounting standards

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Oct 16, 2013

At a stakeholder event sponsored by the DRSC (the German standard-setter) and the IFRS Foundation on the evening before the IFRS Foundation Trustees meeting in Frankfurt, Germany, Chairman Michel Prada gave a speech titled, "The Bumpy Path Towards Global Accounting Standards." He noted that the IASB's work will always be controversial, but the gains of IFRSs in Europe must be protected. He also emphasized the importance of collaboration for the IFRS Foundation and IASB.

Mr. Prada reflected on Europe's adoption of IFRSs and spoke about protecting the Standards in their entirety; he cautioned against customizing them for use in Europe. Mr. Prada cited Philippe Maystadt's draft report, warning that "a tweak here, a failure to endorse there and very quickly you can have Standards that are once again incompatible with other parts of the world. . . . We all need to be vigilant to ensure that Europe continues to be a champion in global financial accounting reporting, for the good of Europe and for the stability of the global financial system."

Mr. Prada went on to examine the challenges of transparency and maintaining legitimacy. He also discussed the importance of collaboration with national and regional standard-setting bodies. The cooperation allows greater consistency in adoption, implementation, and enforcement of IFRSs.

Full text of the speech is available on the IASB Web site.

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