EFAA 2022 International Conference

Over 250 participants joined the EFAA International Conference 2022 either in person or online to discuss and share information on how our professional accountancy organisations can support their SMP members seeking to embrace change by extending the range of services they provide, supporting the EU sustainability agenda as well as engaging in data ownership and cryptocurrency.

Professional Accountancy Bodies play a key role in guiding small- and medium-sized accountancy practices into the future. To grow and prosper, SMPs must embrace changes, they should not only become more digital, but also adapt their service to advise SMEs clients in key areas such as sustainability reporting.

The photos of the event are available here.

09:30 OPENING REMARKS – Salvador Marín, EFAA President [video]

09:35 WELCOME – Valentin Pich, President, Economistas, and Andrea Di Carlo, Deputy Executive Director, EUIPO [video]

09:45 KEYNOTE – PRACTICE TRANSFORMATION, Monica Foerster, Chair, Small- and Medium-Practices Advisory Group, IFAC [Slides and video]

10:15 SESSION ONE: Part 1 – Diversification of services offering: EUIPO initiatives to support SMEs [video]

In the framework of the Ideas Powered for business Programme, the EUIPO will present an overview of the ongoing activities addressed to European stakeholders and SMEs

Inge Buffolo, Director Customer Department, EUIPO
Nicolas Vigneron, Head of Service Customer Engagement Service – Customer Department, EUIPO

10:45 BREAK

11:00 SESSION ONE: Part 2 – Diversification of services offering: Sustainability [video]

EFAA and four of its member organizations will explain how they are helping their SMP members – through awareness raising, building capacity and input to policy, regulation and standards – to embrace the sustainability agenda by expanding their service offerings to include sustainability related services.

Esther Ortiz, Member, EFRAG PTF-ESRS  & EFAA Accounting Expert Group [Slides]
Cecile Bonino, Head of EU Office, ACCA [Slides]
Helena Costa, Board Member, OCC [Slides]
Harry Marissen, Member of the NBA SME Committee, NBA [Slides]
Moderator: Robin Jarvis, Professor of Accounting and Finance, Brunel University London


14:00 INTERVIEW – Future Ready SMP Interview with Mark Koziel, President & CEO, Allinial Global [video]

Paul Thompson, Director, EFAA, interviews live online, Mark Koziel, on the future of SMPs followed by 20 mins audience Q&A

15:00 SESSION TWO [video]

Part 1 – SMPs Embracing the Digital Future: The Accounting Professionals operating in the Digital Economy and preparing for the New Crypto-Tax Framework

Marie Markosian – Financial Innovation and Digital Policy Advisor to MEP Eva Kaili, Vice President of the European Parliament
Moderator: Noël de Rudder, Co-owner at CaseWare

SESSION TWO: Part 2 – Drakarys: an Innovative Revolution Helping SMPs in France to Master Technological Solutions and Data to Better Support their Clients

Lionel Canesi – President of the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Experts-Comptables in France [Slides]
Moderator: Martin de Bie, Advisor Innovation and Ambassador AccountTech Europe

16:30 CLOSURE – Salvador Marín, EFAA President [video]