EFAA’s Key Policy Positions and Recommendations

This short publication presents the work achieved by EFAA over the last few years. The publication stresses the vital role which small- and medium-sized accounting practices (SMPs) play in supporting SMEs as well as EFAA’s relations and continuous work with relevant stakeholders, mainly in the UE. It also outlines our key positions and recommendations.

EFAA works incessantly to speak for and defend SMPs and to promote their essential role in supporting SMEs by providing high-quality professional accountancy and advisory services. Through this, SMPs contribute to the stability and future economic and social prosperity of SMEs and therefore also, by extension, to the welfare of Europe and Europeans in general. SMPs are also a key component in the shaping of the economic recovery and in fostering the further development of the Single Market.

At all times, and especially in these difficult times, it is essential that relevant stakeholders be reminded to “think small first”, aim for “smart regulation” and support the welfare and prosperity of small entities.

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Salvador Marin Re-elected EFAA President

At its 2021 Annual General Meeting of 25 June, the European Federation of Accountants for SMEs (EFAA) re-elected Salvador Marín as EFAA President for a two-year term. Johan De Coster (ITAA, Belgium) was confirmed as EFAA Board member. Gerard van IJzendoorn (NBA – the Netherlands) was unanimously elected Board member. Gerard succeeds Maurice Buijs, who has served as EFAA Board member and Treasurer since 2016.

Marin was nominated by Consejo General de Economistas (CGE) and gained the unanimous support of EFAA’s member organisations. Marin’s has been EFAA President since June 2019.

Marin said: “EFAA for SMEs has a major role to play to make sure that the voice of SMPs is heard loud and clear on major topics including sustainability reporting. EFAA for SMEs also keeps doing its utmost to assist our SMPs in growing, in gaining visibility and in being heard. I look forward to working tirelessly with members, staff and the EFAA Board so that EFAA can continue to be of great service and support to its members, SMPs and our profession.” Marín warmly thanked Maurice Buijs for his invaluable support over the last five years.

Salvador Marin’s professional background spans academia, business and practice. As a practicing economist and adviser he has gained considerable experience in financial economics, financial information and non-financial reporting and extensive national and international experience in strategic consulting, economics, internationalisation, financial and non-financial reporting and the management of SMEs and financial institutions. Presently he is the managing partner of a boutique practice of national and international advisers, member of the Board of Directors of a Spanish company with responsibility for international affairs, senior advisor in a venture capital Company, and General Coordinator for International Professional Regulation at the General Council of Economists of Spain (CGE). Marin boasts substantial international experience gained through his tenure as CEO of COFIDES, the Spanish Development Finance Institution and member of the Boards of Directors of EDFI, and has held positions in the field of Public Management, having served as a regional government minister in Spain. Author of over one hundred books, articles and papers on financial information and non-financial reporting, Marin has experience as a lecturer at university and at several national and international business schools. Marin holds a Doctorate in Economics and Business Administration, specialising in Financial Information. Marin is a Certified Accounting Expert at the Spanish Register of Accounting Experts.

The partially renewed EFAA Board will keep working to strengthen the role EFAA plays as the voice of accountants working in SMEs and SMPs in Europe.