The European Union has rebuffed the International Accounting Standards Board's proposed standards for small to midsized businesses, labeling the package "too complicated" for the nature of SMBs."The feedback we have received from member states, the European Parliament and stakeholders is that the current IASB draft is not simple enough to be applicable for the bulk of SMBs in the EU," said EU Commissioner for Internal Markets Charlie McCreevy. "Therefore, at this stage, I do not intend to propose that the IASB draft be endorsed for application in the EU."

McCreevy added, "We have repeatedly emphasized that accounting for SMBs must be simple and reflect the nature of the business of small companies." The head of the EU internal market even questioned whether European national governments could voluntarily opt to apply the IASB draft standard.

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