FEE becomes Accountancy Europe as part of 30 year celebration

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By Andrew Harbison, CA Today

12 December 2016

Accountancy Europe, formerly the Federation of European Accountants (FEE), celebrates 30 years as Europe’s accountancy organisation.

FEE, of which ICAS is a member, is moving forward after 30 years as the European organisation for accountants, auditors, and advisors under the new name Accountancy Europe.

The organisation has more than 500 stakeholders from EU institutions, business, governments, NGOs, and civil society.

James Barbour, ICAS Director - Technical Policy, said: “ICAS welcomes the name change which we believe better reflects the modus operandi of the organisation. 

“It is my belief that Accountancy Europe will continue to play a key part in developments in the accountancy profession, not just in Europe but globally.”

Newly elected Accountancy Europe President Edelfried Schneider commented: “Accountancy Europe is ready for the next 30 years and beyond. Technology will keep changing our work, but I believe people are actually going to count even more. Computers can process information, but people will have to interpret it and provide ethical judgement, and strategic advice. Trust is fundamental to any society, any market, any transaction and professional accountants are the providers of trust.”

The FEE was formed on 1 January 1987 as the merger of two bodies: the Union Européenne des Experts-comptables Economique et Financiers (UEC) and the Groupe d’Etudes des Experts-comptables de la CEE.

Accountancy Europe now unites 50 professional organisations from 37 countries.

Olivier Boutellis-Taft, Chief Executive said: “Professional accountants deliver expertise to businesses of all sizes, policy makers, and civil society. They bring the trust, integrity, and transparency that make economies sustainable. Accountancy Europe speaks for almost one million professional accountants in Europe and helps them look ahead and respond to the challenges of today and tomorrow.”


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