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ICAI, ICAEW applaud Board appointments

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23 Feb 2001

Press releases have been issued by both The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI) and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) welcoming the European Commission's proposal for a regulation that would require all listed EU companies to prepare consolidated accounts in accordance with IAS.

ICAEW President Graham Ward said:

The adoption of International Accounting Standards should be a great boon to European companies, particularly large multinationals, due to the reduced cost of compliance and raising capital. Transparency of financial reporting should benefit investors, who will be able to compare company performance more easily across the member states.

Brian Walsh, Chief Executive of the ICAI, said:

There are many compelling reasons for moving to IAS including marketability, cross border mergers and acquisitions, shareholder communication and finance raising. The implementation of this Regulation will improve competition and greatly facilitate free movement of capital. It makes complete sense to have one method of accounting for a transaction, whether it takes place in Berlin, Dublin, or Boston.

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