Conference: Common Accounting Standards for SMEs, a possible boost to European growth?

Jean-Claude Junker, the president of the European Commission, has made the Capital Markets Union (CMU) one of his key priorities for the new legislative term.

One of the cornerstones in the CMU is better access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Today, however, divergent accounting standards across Europe hamper the access to cross-border finance for SMEs.

Nonetheless, introducing IFRS for small and medium-sized enterprises would be too burdensome.

Could simplified, common, and high-quality accounting standards tailored to SMEs be a way forward?

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The Accountant, sister title of Timetric’s International Accounting Bulletin, is a media partner of this conference organised by QED.

When: Wednesday 21 October

Where: Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels


09.00 – 09.30 Registration and welcome coffee
09.30 – 09.40 Introduction by Moderator: Carlos Martin Tornero Editor, The Accountant
09.40 – 09.50 Nicolas Bernier Abad Policy Officer, Accounting and Financial Reporting, DG FISMA, European Commission
09.50 – 10.00 Member of the European Parliament
10.00 – 10.10 Olivier Boutellis-Taft Chief Executive, FEE – Federation of European Accountants
10.10 – 10.20 Leo van der Tas Global Leader, IFRS Services, EY
10.20 – 10.30 Peter Faross Secretary General, UEAPME
10.30 – 10.40 Academic
10.40 – 11.30 Discussion
11.30 – 11.45 Conclusion high-quality accounting standard tailored to SMEs be a way forward?