3 April 2014 — News
For immediate use : 3 April 2014
Brussels, 3 April 2014 – FEE (Fédération des Experts-comptables Européens – Federation of European Accountants). Today the EP approved the audit reform of Commissioner Barnier, bringing to a close a long and controversial debate.
The European Parliament plenary vote is a welcome end to nearly four years of uncertainty for markets and the profession. Since 2010, FEE has tried to objectively inform the public policymaking process and maintain a constructive dialogue with all stakeholders.
FEE especially welcomes the adoption of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) as these are the only set of globally recognised auditing standards; this measure is therefore instrumental to sustaining audit quality. In addition, the stronger role of audit committees will improve corporate governance and the independence of the audit process. The enhancements to the auditor’s report will contribute to a better understanding of the contribution of the auditing profession to the public interest.
“The debate has demonstrated that stakeholders value the information and insight obtained from auditors. The European accountancy profession is committed to reinforcing public confidence in the quality of audited information” said André Kilesse, President of FEE.
FEE Chief Executive Olivier Boutellis-Taft notes, “Many aspects of the legislation will be complicated to implement in practice. The significant number of Member State options hinders the internal market and the creation of a truly international playing field. The reform raises a number of questions that we are committed to help solving. It is time that the whole profession join forces with investors, business and regulators to this end.”
Moving forward, FEE aims to contribute to enhancing consistency and aligning application across Member States to the largest extent possible, in particular regarding the provision of non-audit services and mandatory audit firm rotation, both of which require a consistent interpretation and approach. FEE looks forward to collaborating with the relevant stakeholders to work together towards the best possible outcome.
As a first step in this process, today FEE published a first batch of Frequently Asked Questions to improve the understanding of the new audit regulatory framework.