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3. Summary of significant accounting policies

3.28 Provisions

3.28 Provisions

Provisions are recognized in the statement of financial position when:

  • there is a present obligation (legal or constructive) as a result of a past event;

  • it is probable that an outflow of resources embodying economic benefits will be required to settle the obligation; and

  • a reliable estimate can be made of the amount of the obligation.

The amount recognized as a provision is the best estimate of the expenditure required to settle the present obligation at the statement of financial position date. Provisions are measured at the present value of the expenditures expected to be required to settle the obligation using a discount rate that reflects current market assessments of the time value of money and the risks specific to the obligation. The increase in the provision due to the passage of time is recognized as interest expense. 

A restructuring provision is recognized when the Group has a detailed formal plan and has raised a valid expectation in those affected that it will carry out the restructuring by starting to implement that plan or announcing its main features to those affected by it. 

Environmental provisions are mainly resulting from legal contractual obligations. For more information about these environmental and other provisions we refer to Note 34 .