The year in numbers

The year in numbers

Our work



Professional accountants’ role in sustainability reporting has never been so paramount. Our work in 2023 focused on supporting both the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) and the International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB) standards.

We engaged in every step of the development of the first set of 12 ESRS, including contributing to the European Commission’s draft delegated act with these standards. We organised the event Supporting high-quality ESRS implementation with EFRAG focusing on the high quality ESRS implementation. We also provided ideas on the rationalisation of reporting requirements and postponement of ESRS sector deadlines.

On international level, we responded to the ISSB’s agenda consultation and suggested they equally prioritise implementation support and the development of more topical standards.


Assurance plays a key role to enhance trust in the reported information. This is why we believe global assurance standards for sustainability will help the consistency, comparability and reliability of information to meet users’ needs. We welcomed IAASB’s work on a stand-alone, profession-agnostic and principles-based standard that could become a global baseline for sustainability assurance engagements. Our comment letter highlighted how the draft standard (ISSA 5000) could better respond to public interest issues related to sustainability assurance.

In addition, we held several events (e.g. Preparing for high-quality sustainability assurance engagements  and Towards digital corporate reporting with CSRD) to exchange on these key topics. We also continued to share Member Bodies’ best practices on sustainability education on our dedicated online hub.


Corporate governance

Companies need to embark into a transformative journey to truly embrace sustainability. Good corporate governance is crucial to initiate and steer those radical changes.

Accountancy Europe continued to support an effective outcome for the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive’s (CSDDD) legislative process throughout 2023. We organised the debate CSDDD: priorities for EU final negotiations with the EP intergroup on sustainable, long-term investments & competitive European industry at the European Parliament to discuss the trilogue negotiations. This was held in cooperation with the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif), Frank Bold, ShareAction and the World Benchmarking Alliance.

As part of our ESG governance agenda, we published ESG governance: questions boards should ask to lead the sustainability transition with the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa) and the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA). The paper aimed to help boards embed sustainability into company strategy and business models, and to ensure that proper governance supports this.

Finally, we issued the paper Multi-stakeholder analysis of corporate failures which discusses how companies could be more resilient against emerging risks and proposes ideas to make the corporate governance ecosystem risk-proof.


All parties in the corporate reporting ecosystem have a common objective: to improve the quality of reporting. Consistent, high-quality audits is an essential element to achieving this goal. Accountancy Europe continued to work on audit-related issues that are relevant to policymakers and stakeholders. This year, our publications looked into the Dynamics influencing auditor choice in the Public Interest Entity (PIE) market and Key factors to develop and use audit quality indicators (AQIs).

Drawing from several projects across our work programmes, we organised a full day conference Shaping a future-proof corporate ecosystem that brought together a wide range of stakeholders including supervisors, external and internal auditors, and company directors. Together, participants and speakers discussed solutions on how to: enhance quality of corporate reporting ii) bring greater resilience in the corporate sector.

International standards on auditing and the Code of Ethics are the cornerstones of our profession. We are glad to contribute to their evolution as a response to changing circumstances and emerging needs. This year we responded to several IAASB and PCAOB consultations.


In 2023, interest in SMEs and sustainability surged. We engaged on this topic throughout the year with a wide set of stakeholders. For instance, we addressed accountants’ role in SME sustainability at an Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) meeting, and discussed the CSRD’s impact on SMEs with the European Association of Chemical Distributors (FECC) and the European Association of Guarantee Institutions (AECM). We also presented our views on sustainable finance and SMEs at a European Microfinance Network (EMN) workshop and twice at the OECD.

In addition, we issued two sustainability-related publications: 5-step starting guide to a sustainable transition for SMEs and 5 Reasons why sustainability matters for SMEs. They were co-branded with, the European sustainable business federation, and supported by the European Association of Cooperative Banks (EACB).

EU policymakers continued to recognise Accountancy Europe’s importance on SME policies. We engaged with DG TAXUD on the Head Office Tax System for SMEs proposal, participated in a VAT in the digital age (ViDA) workshop at the EP, and met MEPs to discuss the Late Payment Regulation to propose changes that benefit SMEs. We also spoke at the EC’s annual SME Assembly in Bilbao, where we emphasised accountants’ role in identifying early warning signs.

Financial Reporting

In 2023, we pursued our work on financial reporting and contributed to several International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and EFRAG projects.

We commented on the IASB’s Exposure Draft on amendments to the classification and measurement of financial instruments and discussed the upcoming Exposure Draft on Dynamic Risk Management. We also provided our recommendations on EFRAG’s discussion paper: Accounting for Variable Considerations. These discussions were also an opportunity to brainstorm on practical issues for future comment letters.

Finally, we exchanged with our experts on the findings of ESMA’s Corporate Reporting and Enforcement Reports as well as their implications on the profession. Our discussions also included at Accountancy Europe to address the situation and aim to raise awareness among members of the enforcement process at national and European levels.


Accountancy Europe included attractiveness of the accountancy profession as a strategic priority for 2023-2024. We have put in place several initiatives to i) initiate the discussion with Member Bodies, ii) promote the profession’s attractiveness to the outside world, especially younger people, and iii) understand the problem by collecting data on the profession’s development.

For example, we discussed global and local solutions to enhance the attractiveness of the profession at the Institute for Tax Advisors and Accountants (ITTA)’s annual conference. We

Throughout the year, as well as the importance of work-life balance during Members’s Assemblies and a Members’ only webinar. We set up a dedicated webpage where Member can share national initiatives on the challenge of the profession’s attractiveness. In addition, our publications now specifically refer to the links between the topic in question and attractiveness.

This initial work has allowed the team to better prepare for the year to come and give further shape to our strategy on this existential issue for the profession.

Other areas of work

Anti-money laundering (AML)

The new AML rules will bring significant changes for the accountancy profession. We held a Members’ only webinar to discuss how the new legal requirements will affect the profession and help accountants understand and prepare for the expected changes.

In addition, we shared Member Bodies’ feedback with the EC on ensuring a level playing field in the 6th AML Directive. Our outreach had a successful outcome in the final agreed text.

Public sector

Accountancy Europe continues its membership of the IPSASB CAG, through which we have long encouraged the IPSASB to promote sustainability reporting in the public sector.

We teamed up with IPSASB and IFAC for the Equipping the Public Sector for Sustainability Action event and to support IPSASB in their Brussels outreach event on their next 5-year strategy and workplan. We also responded to the IPSASB’s ED 83 Reporting sustainability program information.

Promoting accruals accounting in the public sector, we met with MEP Hohlmeier and with the DG ECFIN to discuss proposed amendments to the budgetary framework for Member States.

Professional practice & ethics

Professional ethics are the bedrock of the accountancy profession. Ethical behaviour in business is fundamental for public trust and confidence. We integrate this ethical dimension in all our work and contribute to the evolution of global standard setting in this area. This year we responded to the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants’ (IESBA) consultation on its 2024-2027 Strategy and Work Plan. We also responded to IESBA’s proposed revisions to the Code of Ethics addressing tax planning and related services.


Accountancy Europe continues to be an important stakeholder on tax for EU legislators, having spoken at EP hearings on VAT in the Digital Age and Tackling the role of tax Enablers. We’ve also met several times with MEPs and DG TAXUD on important tax files.

We published factsheets covering the OECD’s Pillar 2, VAT in the Digital Age, the Head Office Tax System, proposed amendments to EU transfer pricing and the proposed BEFIT legislation. We also responded to the public consultations to the EC’s Head Office Tax system legislative proposal.

Financial services

Our banking experts came together several times in 2023 to discuss strategic issues for the profession on financial services. The group also exchanged views with European authorities, institutions and associations focused on the financial sector such as the European Banking Authority and the European Central Bank. We had the opportunity to share the profession’s views on regulatory and prudential matters. We also exchanged on how the European banking system deals with the macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainties and the impact on auditors’ work.




Our Member Bodies send experts from across Europe to Expert Groups that contribute to our projects. Together, our Members also form our highest governance body: the Members’ Assembly. The Members’ Assembly provides high level guidance to our Board on strategy; it also appoints and supervises the Board.

We connected with Members through 7 Members only meetings focusing on governance and strategic technical matters. A highlight of the year, our Members’ Engagement Day focused on the 3 topics driving the year’s agenda: sustainability, corporate governance and the attractiveness of the profession. Those who could travel greatly enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect in person.

  • Austria

    IWP, KSW

    Institute of Austrian Certified Public Accountants, The Austrian Chamber of Tax Advisors and Auditors

  • Belgium


    Belgian Institute for Tax Advisors & Accountants, Institute of Registered Auditors

  • Bosnia Herzegovina


    Union of Accountants, Auditors and Financial Workers of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Association of Accountants and Auditors of the Republic of Srpska

  • Bulgaria


    Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Croatia


    Croatian Audit Chamber

  • Cyprus


    Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus

  • Czech Republic


    Chamber of Auditors of the Czech Republic

  • Denmark


    FSR -Danish Auditors

  • Estonia


    Estonian Auditors' Association

  • Finland


    Finnish Association of Authorised Public Accountants

  • France

    CNCC, IFEC, CNOEC France

    Institute of Statutory Auditors, The French National Institute of Accountants and Auditors, The Order of Certified Accountants

  • Germany

    WPK, IDW

    Chamber of Public Accountants, Institute of Public Auditors in Germany

  • Greece


    Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece

  • Hungary


    Chamber of Hungarian Auditors

  • Iceland


    Institute of State Authorised Public Accountants in Iceland

  • Ireland

    CAI, CPA

    Chartered Accountants Ireland, Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland

  • Italy


    National Board of Professional Chartered Accountants

  • Latvia


    Association of Accountants of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Association of Certified Auditors

  • Lithuania


    Lithuanian Association of Accountants and Auditors, Lithuanian Chamber of Auditors

  • Luxembourg

    IRE, OEC Luxembourg

    Institute of Registered Auditors, Order of Chartered Accountants

  • Malta


    The Malta Institute of Accountants

  • Montenegro


    Institute of Certified Accountants of Montenegro

  • Netherlands


    The Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants

  • Norway


    The Norwegian Institute of Public Accountants

  • Portugal


    Institute of Statutory Auditors

  • Romania


    Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania, The Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania

  • Serbia


    Serbian Association of Accountants and Auditors

  • Slovak Republic


    Slovak Chamber of Auditors

  • Slovenia


    Slovenian Institute of Auditors

  • Spain


    Institute of Chartered Accountants of Spain

  • Sweden



  • Switzerland



  • Turkey


    Union of Chambers of Certified Public Accountants of Turkey

  • United Kingdom


    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

  • IWP

    Institute of Austrian Certified Public Accountants View website

  • KSW

    The Austrian Chamber of Tax Advisors and Auditors View website

  • ITAA

    Belgian Institute for Tax Advisors & Accountants View website


    Institute of Registered Auditors View website

Bosnia Herzegovina

Overview of the profession

  • SRR FBiH

    Union of Accountants, Auditors and Financial Workers of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina View website


    Association of Accountants and Auditors of the Republic of Srpska View website


    Institute of Certified Public Accountants View website


    Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus View website

  • KACR

    Chamber of Auditors of the Czech Republic View website

  • ST

    Finnish Association of Authorised Public Accountants View website

  • CNCC

    Institute of Statutory Auditors View website

  • IFEC

    The French National Institute of Accountants and Auditors View website

  • CNOEC France

    The Order of Certified Accountants View website

  • SOEL

    Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece View website

  • FLE

    Institute of State Authorised Public Accountants in Iceland View website


    National Board of Professional Chartered Accountants View website

  • LRGA

    Association of Accountants of the Republic of Latvia View website

  • LZRA

    Latvian Association of Certified Auditors View website


    Institute of Certified Accountants of Montenegro View website

  • NBA

    The Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants View website

  • DNR

    The Norwegian Institute of Public Accountants View website

  • CAFR

    Chamber of Financial Auditors of Romania View website


    The Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania View website

  • SRRS

    Serbian Association of Accountants and Auditors View website

Slovak Republic

Overview of the profession


    Institute of Chartered Accountants of Spain View website


    Union of Chambers of Certified Public Accountants of Turkey View website

  • ACCA

    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants View website

  • CIMA

    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants View website


    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy View website


    Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales View website

  • ICAS

    Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland View website

Expert Groups

Composed of practitioners who have area-specific knowledge and skills, Expert Groups are at the heart of Accountancy Europe’s daily work. They act as a sounding board and source of expertise. Each group is led by a Chair. Some groups also have Vice-Chairs, who lead work on specific topics aligned with the current strategy and short-term objectives.

  • David Herbinet

    Auditing & Assurance Policy Group 

    David Herbinet

    Vice-chairs :

    • Niels van de Koppel
    • Muriel Fajertag
    • Liesbet Haustermans
  • Jens Poll

    Corporate Governance Policy Group

    Jens Poll

    Vice-chairs :

    • Andrew Hobbs
    • Johan Rippe
    • Diego Messina
  • Olivier Schérer

    Corporate Reporting Policy Group

    Olivier Schérer

    Vice-chairs :

    • Willem Geijtenbeek
    • Michael Stewart
  • Wim Bartels

    Sustainability Policy Group

    Wim Bartels

    Vice-chairs :

    • Rami Feghali
    • Julien Rivals
  • Michael Stewart

    Accounting Working Party

    Michael Stewart

  • Angela Foyle

    Anti-Money Laundering Working Party

    Angela Foyle

  • Gregory Joos

    Banks Working Party

    Gregory Joos

  • IAASB & PCAOB Working Party

    Muriel Fajertag

    IAASB & PCAOB Working Party

  • IFRS 9 Task Force

    Vincent Guillard

    IFRS 9 Task Force

  • Paolo Ratti

    Insurance Working Party

    Paolo Ratti

  • Liesbet Haustermans

    Professional Ethics and Competences Working Party

    Liesbet Haustermans

  • Peter Welch

    Public Sector Group

    Peter Welch

  • Luca Bosco

    Tax Policy Group

    Luca Bosco

    Vice-chairs :

    • Luca Bosco
    • Roberta Poza
  • Christine Weinzierl

    VAT Task Force

    Christine Weinzierl


Based on our strategy, the Board supervises and guides our work. The Board acts in the collective interest of Accountancy Europe and of the whole European profession, independently from any national or sectoral interest. The Board has 12 members, including two executive members, from 10 countries and is chaired by the President. The President represents Accountancy Europe for a two-year term.

  • Mark Vaessen

    Mark Vaessen


  • Jens Poll

    Jens Poll


  • Giancarlo Attolini

    Giancarlo Attolini


  • Shauna Greely

    Shauna Greely


  • David Matthews

    David Matthews


  • Tom Meuleman

    Tom Meuleman


  • Gerhard Prachner

    Gerhard Prachner

    Vice-President & Treasurer

  • Nina Rafen

    Nina Rafen


  • Luis Martin Riaño

    Luis Martin Riaño


  • Isabelle Sapet

    Isabelle Sapet


  • Olivier Boutellis-Taft

    Olivier Boutellis-Taft

    Chief Executive

  • Hilde Blomme

    Hilde Blomme

    Deputy Chief Executive


Our Team executes the strategy set by the Board. It manages projects and steers the work of the Expert Groups in cooperation with their Chairs and Vice-Chairs.  

Consisting of people with diverse nationalities and professional backgrounds based in Brussels, the Team is led by the Chief Executive who manages and represents Accountancy Europe.

  • Johan Barros

    Johan Barros

    Senior Manager, Head of Advocacy & Policy

  • Jona Basha

    Jona Basha

    Senior Manager, Head of Reporting

  • Elysia Blake

    Elysia Blake

    Senior Manager, Head of Governance, Membership & Administration

  • Júlia Bodnárová

    Júlia Bodnárová

    Manager, Head of EU Audit Regulation

  • Nael Braham

    Nael Braham

    Manager, Professional Expertise

  • Laura Buijs

    Laura Buijs

    Director, Communications & Events

  • Andrea Ciambrone

    Andrea Ciambrone

    Intern, Communications

  • Iryna de Smedt

    Iryna de Smedt

    Senior Advisor, Advocacy & Policy

  • Chara Georgiou

    Chara Georgiou

    Advisor, Advocacy & Policy

  • Paul Gisby

    Paul Gisby

    Director, Professional Services

  • Xiluva Hill

    Xiluva Hill

    Executive Assistant

  • Eleni Kanelli

    Eleni Kanelli

    Director, Strategy Coordination & Political Affairs

  • Amanda Lazaroni

    Amanda Lazaroni

    Advisor, Communications

  • Sabine Leurart

    Sabine Leurart

    Manager, Office & Finance

  • Ioana Nedelcu

    Ioana Nedelcu

    Administrative Officer

  • Nha Vy Nguyen

    Nha Vy Nguyen

    Manager, Head of Communications

  • Merita Ramaj

    Merita Ramaj

    Administrative Officer

  • Vita Ramanauskaité

    Vita Ramanauskaité

    Manager, Head of Sustainability

  • Harun Saki

    Harun Saki

    Senior Manager, Head of Assurance


Accountancy Europe’s annual statutory accounts are audited and prepared in accordance with the requirements of Belgian legislation.  You may consult the annual accounts of Accountancy Europe on the National Bank of Belgium’s website:


€ 4,098,000

Members’ contributions account for 94% and ACE events revenue for 6% of Accountancy Europe’s income.

*Note: These figures are estimates at the date of printing; our financial statements are approved in June.