EU ministers discuss IASB funding

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08 Jun 2006

At the 7 June 2006 meeting of the EU Economic and Finance Ministers Council in Luxembourg, the (PDF 115k) indicates that EU ministers will discuss ideas for funding of the IASB, as well as issues relating to IASB's governance.

An excerpt from the EU's announcement:

Finally, also over lunch, the Council is expected to have a first discussion on the current funding arrangements of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Continuation of the current system of funding after 2007, relying on only a small number of voluntary contributions, is believed not to be sustainable in the light of increasing global application. This would not enable the international standard setting body to be independent and sufficiently resourced to conduct its work in a timely fashion. Therefore, a new system is needed with a proper allocation between geographical areas. Commissioner McCreevy is expected to outline that a clear political signal to the IASB and the outside world, via a Declaration at the level of the Ecofin Council, appears the most appropriate means to contribute to the implementation of a reasonable and workable solution in the short term. In such a Declaration, a strong message should be included on the longer-term objective to improve IASB's governance by further developing its approach to consultation, feedback and due process.

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