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Financial accounting developments in the European Union: past events and future prospects

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The decision of the Commission of the European Union (EU) to oblige listed European companies, from 2005 onwards, to establish their consolidated financial statements according to IFRS (IAS) represents a preliminary peak in the internationalization process of financial accounting in Europe. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the landmarks of accounting developments in the EU since the Fourth and Seventh Directives and to reveal the obvious internationalization process of financial accounting in the EU, which has accelerated considerably during the last ten years. Owing to the considerable pressures exerted by market forces, a clear convergence of accounting practice as well as of the regulatory frameworks of the EU and its Member States with IFRS (IAS) is recognizable. The harmonization effects of the market forces on national regulators and companies appear to be much larger than those of the Fourth and Seventh Directives. In addition to the explanation and reasoning behind past developments, this paper also discusses some future prospects of financial reporting within the EU and identifies some of its major challenges.

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  • Axel Haller, 2002. "Financial accounting developments in the European Union: past events and future prospects," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(1), pages 153-190.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:euract:v:11:y:2002:i:1:p:153-190 DOI: 10.1080/09638180220124770
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