Commissioner McCreevy comments on IFRSs

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18 Apr 2007

European Commissioner Charlie McCreevy recently addressed a meeting of the Hundred Group of Finance Directors on the subject of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) and their implementation in the European Union.

Click to download Commissioner McCreevy's Remarks(PDF 102k). Excerpts:

The Commission welcomes the various steps already taken by CESR (Committee of European Securities Regulators) to ensure an EU wide approach [to consistent implementation of IFRSs]. The Commission has also set up an informal 'Roundtable' to assist. This Roundtable is a forum where all interested parties can discuss practical application problems relating to IFRS. Issues of widespread concern can, if necessary, be referred to IFRIC for interpretation. However, it is clear that we do not want an EU body providing interpretations and guidance. This runs counter to the whole philosophy of worldwide principles-based standards....

My firm view is that the principles-based nature of IFRS must be maintained. The convergence agenda must not be used to introduce US rules-based GAAP by the back door. In order to try and ensure a balanced evolution, we are insisting on proper consultation on the convergence programme and projects between the IASB and the FASB. We have made it clear that joint convergence projects must be subject to full due process with all stakeholders.

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