Additional ECOFIN conclusions on accounting

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08 Oct 2008

Our story immediately below reports on a conclusion that the Eurogroup and EU Economic and Finance Ministers Council (ECOFIN) reached on accounting valuation issues at its meeting in Luxembourg on 6 and 7 October 2008. ECOFIN has also published another set of conclusions titled Immediate Responses to Financial Turmoil that addresses, among many other things, several financial instruments accounting issues.

Specifically, ECOFIN makes recommendations on mark-to-market valuation rules and reclassification rules for financial instruments:

We underline the necessity of avoiding any distortion of treatment between US and European banks due to differences in accounting rules. We take note of the flexibility in the application of mark to market valuation under IFRS as outlined in recent guidance from the IASB. Ecofin strongly recommends that supervisors and auditors in the EU apply this new guidance immediately. We also consider that the issue of asset reclassification must be resolved quickly. To this end, we urge the IASB and the FASB to work together on this issue and welcome the readiness of the Commission to bring forward appropriate measures as soon as possible. We expect this issue to be solved by the end of the month, with the objective to implement as of the third quarter, in accordance with the relevant procedures.

Click to view Immediate Responses to Financial Turmoil (PDF 116k).

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