The current unaudited interim report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards (IAS)/International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The accounting policies remain unchanged from those applicable to the consolidated financial statements for the financial year ended 31 December 2005 and the comparative period of the year preceding the current interim report. The information furnished in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for 2005 shall apply accordingly to the current interim report. In addition, IAS 34 “Interim Financial Reporting” has been applied.

The amendments to IAS/IFRS standards and interpretations as at 1 January 2006 resulted in no changes to the accounting policies of the Group.