ICAEW's Europe Region, headquartered in Brussels, significantly enhances our ability to offer access to the portfolio of ICAEW qualifications and capacity building services. It facilitates our work on technical and regulatory issues in partnership with professional institutes across Europe.
ICAEW’s commitment to European markets
In 1994 ICAEW assumed an EU presence in Brussels – the first national professional accountancy body to do so – and since then has constructively engaged with an extensive range of senior EU policy makers and stakeholders. In keeping with ICAEW’s founding Royal Charter of 1880, this engagement has been pursued in the public interest and has addressed numerous EU policy matters and other initiatives, most notably in the financial reporting, auditing, governance, tax, enterprise, sustainability, financial services and public finance spheres.
The Europe Region covers most of continental Europe, including all member states of the EU (beyond the UK, our headquarters), the European Economic Area, as well as current and likely future candidate countries for EU accession.
What we do
ICAEW Qualifications and programmes
Qualifications and programmes available in Europe
ICAEW offers the ACA in a number of countries in Europe and globally, find out how you can train ICAEW Chartered Accountants in your firm or business and find out where we offer ACA training
Relation to UK audit rights
Information developed for national regulators in the EEA area to assist to appropriately recognise the level of ICAEW's qualification and recognise migrant auditors applying under article 14 of the EU Statutory Audit Directive.
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ICAEW is highly regarded for its technical excellence and thought leadership and as a result is able to act as a key policy influencer on a wide range of European and international issues. We regularly share our expertise by preparing briefings and responding to consultations on issues of direct relevance to the accounting and audit profession as well as on wider policy issues, including enterprise policy, sustainability and the public sector.
ICAEW is actively involved in major debates at EU level, stimulating informed debate among key stakeholders. Find out more about our on-going policy debates:
Working in partnership with global and regional organisations to promote good practice.
Consulting and working with the profession
ICAEW works with stakeholders in several European countries on many different levels and projects. Below are some examples:
- EU: We are a founding member of FEE, the Federation of European Accountants, which acts as a consolidating representative voice of European accounting bodies. ICAEW is represented in all major FEE Working Groups and actively inputs into FEE’s work at European level. ICAEW is also a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and the Confédération Fiscale Européenne (CFE). Find out more about global and regional partnerships here.
- APSF: The Accountancy Profession Strategic Forum (APSF) was conceived by ICAEW following discussions with professional bodies in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. These discussions identified many common challenges, and, above all, a common interest in sharing experience and developing strategic thinking. The APSF is based on a partnership approach with an annual meeting organised by ICAEW with a host professional body. Find out more.
- Common Content Project: ICAEW is working closely alongside a number of FEE member bodies in the Common Content Project, which seeks to unify the professional entry-level qualifications of the participating institutes. The project seeks to maximise the common elements of the professional qualifications while retaining national elements unique to each country.
- Cyprus: ICAEW has excellent relations with Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC). A special ICPAC members’ area can be accessed here.
- Greece: ICAEW and SOEL (the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Greece) have launched the Accredited Membership Programme (AMP), which enables students to study and qualify as chartered accountants and members of both ICAEW and SOEL. More information can be found here.
Member support and networking
ICAEW is looking to builds its community of members in Europe to support. There are a number of ways we are looking to do this, including increasing member support and networking in the region. There will also be direct elections to ICAEW Council in Europe & Eurasia and Cyprus constituencies. Also look out for our regional newsletter.
News from the Europe Region
- ICAEW and ICPAC host annual forum on the future of the accountancy profession and pledge ongoing cooperation: Leaders of the accountancy and finance profession gathered in Nicosia, Cyprus for the fifth Accountancy Profession Strategic Forum (APSF) 2017 on 4 May. The annual meeting was organised in cooperation with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) and attended by professional accountancy organisations (PAOs) from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. Following the APSF, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between ICAEW and ICPAC. The agreement continues the successful cooperation between the two professional bodies for the advancement of accounting knowledge and professional and intellectual development. The MoU will formalise the process by which members gain membership of the other professional body and gain practice and statutory audit rights in the partner country, providing they complete the professional and regulatory requirements. Find the full press release here.
- Future of Banking: Rebuilding trust, transparency and technology: ICAEW organised events in Greece and Cyprus, in association with UK government and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Greece (SOEL) and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) respectively, on rebuilding trust in the banking system following the financial crisis. The event brought together expert panel to discuss developments and share views on the future of banking. For more information on the event in Athens, please see the Department for International Trade press release
- Brussels annual lecture and spring reception: On 11 May, renowned Australian writer Jane Gleeson-White visited Brussels to hold this year’s annual lecture on the topic ‘How numbers have become so powerful’. Jane took the audience of around 100+ policy-makers, members and friends on a captivating historical journey from the origins of GDP to today’s globalised financial world. She challenged the usefulness of the GDP in today’s complex and increasingly digital economic environment, arguing that the ‘GDP as the only measure of wealth is coming to an end’. Ruth Paserman, deputy head of Commissioner Marianne Thyssen's cabinet, who is also responsible for Eurostat, provided an EU perspective, highlighting recent initiatives at EU level to better capture economic developments. A brief summary is available here.
Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association (CABA) provides advice and practical support to current and former ICAEW chartered accountants and their families. Find out more information on how they can help, including about the CABA helpline.
You can contact the staff in the Europe office using the details below:
ICAEW Europe Limited
Rue de la Loi 227