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ESMA announces enforcement priorities for 2018 financial statements

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27 Oct 2018

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has announced the priority issues that the assessment of listed companies' 2018 financial statements will focus on.

ESMA considers the following key topics to be especially relevant for the examinations of listed companies' financial statements:

  • application for the first time of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and
  • disclosure of the implementation and expected impact of IFRS 16 Leases.

In addition, this year’s priorities highlight the requirements to disclose non-financial information, with a focus on environmental matters, and specific aspects of ESMA’s Guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures. ESMA also highlights the importance of disclosures analysing the possible impacts of the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

ESMA and European national enforcers will monitor and supervise the application of the IFRS requirements outlined in the priorities, with national authorities incorporating them into their reviews and taking corrective actions where appropriate. ESMA will collect data on how European listed entities have applied the priorities and will publish its findings in a separate report.

Please click for the following documents on the ESMA website:

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