The Confrontation with Europe
Accounting for financial instruments became a test-case for the adoption of IFRSs by the European Union. The standard IAS 39 had always been controversial. There was a widely held view that the IASB was not sufficiently receptive to the views of the European banking industry while making a number of short-term improvements to IAS 39 prior to its endorsement for use in the EU. The IASB, on its part, insisted that it had followed due process and properly exercised its independent expert judgment. The issue ascended to the political level. IAS 39 was endorsed in 2004, but with two so-called carve-outs. Relations between the IASB and its European constituents were severely strained, even before the actual transition to IFRSs in 2005.
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