As of 1 January 2018 listed companies must apply IFRS 9 (Financial Instruments), which replaces IAS 39, in their consolidated annual accounts. On 10 November 2016 ESMA published a public statement (including an accompanying press release) on IFRS 9. Among other things, ESMA calls on listed companies to start implementing IFRS 9 as soon as possible in light of the need for consistent and high-quality implementation of IFRS 9.
ESMA furthermore highlights that listed companies should be transparent towards investors on the impact of IFRS 9 on the financial position and the financial performance of the company. ESMA reaffirms the need for consistent and high-quality implementation of IFRS 9 and the need for transparency on its impact to users of financial statements.