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ESMA publishes accounting enforcement guidelines

Thursday, 10th July, 2014: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its final Guidelines on the enforcement of financial information published by listed entities in the European Union (EU). The aim of the guidelines is to strengthen and promote greater supervisory convergence in existing enforcement practices amongst EU accounting enforcers.

The Guidelines set out the principles to be followed by accounting enforcers throughout the enforcement process by defining the objectives, the characteristics of the enforcers, and some common elements in the enforcement process. They will strengthen the development of coordinated views on accounting matters prior to national enforcement actions, the identification of common enforcement priorities and common responses to the accounting standard setter to ensure consistent application of the financial reporting framework. The guidelines will apply to all national competent authorities and any other bodies in the EU undertaking enforcement responsibilities under the Transparency Directive.

A copy of the associated press release can be accessed here.