EFAA 2024 International Conference

Venue: IBR-IRE & ITAA, Boulevard Emile Jacqmain 135/2

This year we celebrate EFAA’s 30th anniversary. During the conference, besides discussing with former EFAA Presidents the challenges and achievements of our organisation over 30 years, we will be tackling topics of great importance for SMPs, such as sustainability, AI in accounting and the role of the tax accountant.

PREPARING SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED PRACTICES FOR THE COMING YEARS

08:45 – 09:15

09:15 – 09:30

REGISTRATION

OPENING REMARKS

09:30 – 10:15

SESSION ONE – 30 years of EFAA for SMEs: Looking Back, Looking Forward

A panel of former EFAA Presidents will discuss the evolution of the accountancy profession, specifically focusing on small- and medium-sized practices (SMPs), the pivotal role of Professional Accountancy Organizations, and EFAA’s contributions to SMEs over the past three decades. Moreover, the discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for SMPs in the future.

  • Klas-Erik Hjorth, Former EFAA President, 2000-2006
  • Federico Diomeda, Former EFAA President, 2006-2009
  • Geoffrey Britton, Former EFAA President, 2009-2014
  • Bodo Richardt, Former EFAA President, 2014-2019
  • Salvador Marín, EFAA President, 2019-present
  • Moderator: Robin Jarvis, EFAA Special Advisor

10:15 – 10:45

The future and challenges of our profession – Lee White, IFAC CEO

10:45– 11:00

11:00 – 12:15

Coffee break

SESSION TWO – Artificial Intelligence Implications for SMPs

This session will address the implications for SMPs of the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) including compliance with new regulation, ethical rules, and how best to leverage the technology in operations and service delivery

Opening remarks:
Alistair Brisbourne, Head of Technology Research, Policy & Insights, ACCA
EC developments and regulatory state of the art: Elinor Wahal, Legal and Policy Officer, Unit A2, Artificial Intelligence Policy Development and Coordination, DG CNECT

Panel discussion:

12:15 – 13:30

13:30 – 14:45

Lunch break

SESSION THREE – Sustainability: SMPs Providing Services to SMEs

This session looks at the rapid emergence of the sustainability agenda and the challenges and opportunities this presents SMPs in particular, that of offering sustainability services including advisory, accounting and assurance and embracing sustainability in their own operations.

Opening remarks: Sven Gentner, Head of Unit FISMA C1, Corporate reporting, audit and credit rating agencies, European Commission

Panel discussion:

14:45 – 15:00

Coffee break

15:00– 15:45

SESSION FOUR – The Future of the Tax Accountant

This session will examine how the role of the tax accountant has changed and how it will likely change in the future.

Opening remarks: Reinhard Biebel, Head of Unit TAXUD D2 Direct Tax Policy & Cooperation, European Commission

Panel discussion:

15:45 – 16:00

SESSION FIVE – The Attractiveness of the Profession: sharing experiences

The attractiveness of the profession is a strategic topic for most Professional Accountancy Organisations. During this session, we will share insights and experiences.

16:00 – 16:15

CLOSING REMARKS

Salvador Marín, EFAA President