We want to hear more from you, our members – on our growth plans, on Council elections, on your business interests and professional needs and on Brexit.
This was the one of the key messages coming out of our recent meeting with our Europe Region Contact Members. During a day of discussion, we talked about our growing activities in Brussels and the broader Europe Region. We also considered the political environment in the EU and UK (just after the triggering of Article 50 and before the surprise call for a UK General Election).
In the midst of our own election period, we hope you will use all means to keep in touch with your institute – by voting (of course!) but also by using your local Contact Member as your voice in ICAEW. We particularly welcome input on our strategic plans and our activities on the ground. Our footprint continues to grow and we want to know what opportunities you see for the profession and for ICAEW in Europe. We are also here to listen to your broad concerns and to understand if there are specific obstacles to the exercise of your profession. Let us know.
If Brexit is on your mind, let me quickly spell out what we are doing. We are making significant efforts to represent the profession in the Brexit negotiation process, both directly in face-to-face meetings with key politicians and policy makers in the UK as well as through our membership of the UK Professional and Business Services Council – where we are coordinating input on behalf of a specially convened working group on the accountancy profession. We also want to be proactive in engaging with the evolving regulatory regimes in both the UK and the EU to minimise barriers to trade and investment and to promote enterprise and growth. You can keep abreast of our activities on our Brexit webpage which includes dedicated CEO blogs by Michael Izza, technical guidance as well as all our relevant representations to the UK Government.
We are also working with CABA to identify what support we can offer members who may face particular repercussions related to Brexit. CABA has contacted ICAEW members in Europe directly, following the EU referendum decision to reassure you that CABA is here to support ACA students, past and present ICAEW members and their families during this period of uncertainly and change.