Possible exemption of EU micros from financial reporting

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10 Mar 2010

The European Parliament has voted to exempt very small companies ('micro-entities') from the existing EU-wide laws that require them to prepare annual financial statements.

The Parliament's action still must be approved by the EU Council before it becomes law. If approved, it would then be up to each EU Member State to grant such exemptions. Parliament's resolution also calls for a general revision of the 4th and 7th Company Law Directives in 2010. Currently, about 7.2 million EU companies are subject to reporting rules under EU accounting directives. Of those, 5.4 million (around 75%) are 'micro-entities' primarily engaged in business at local or regional level, with little or no cross-border activity. Click for EU Parliament Press Release (PDF 109k).

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