Who are we?
Accountancy Europe unites 51 professional organisations from 37 countries that represent 1 million professional accountants, auditors and advisors. We changed our name from the Federation of European Accountants (FEE) at our 30th anniversary celebration (7 December 2016). Accountancy Europe is in the EU Transparency Register (No 4713568401-18).
See our Constitution to find out more about our governance.
What do we do?
Professional accountants make numbers work for people. As Accountancy Europe, we translate their daily experience from across Europe to inform the European policy debate. We do this in the areas in which our profession can contribute most, namely:
- Reporting & Transparency
- Good Governance & Sustainable Economy
- Finance & Investment
- Professional Matters
What do accountants do?
Accountants, auditors and advisors work in diverse capacities: in accountancy firms of all sizes, large and small businesses, governments, non-profit organisations, education, etc. Their expertise spreads widely in areas such as finance, corporate social responsibility, statutory audit, tax and financial advice, HR and legal services, assurance services and consultancy.
Good decisions start with reliable information. Professional accountants provide trust, integrity and transparency to decision-makers in both the public and private sectors. As professional bodies, our Members ensure the high quality of the work of professional accountants and their ethical behaviour.
Where do we come from?
Accountancy Europe changed its name from the Federation of European Accountants (Fédération des Experts-comptables Européens, FEE) at our 30th anniversary celebration (7 December 2016). The Federation 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.
In its early days the Federation’s work was clearly divided between two committees, one focussing on coordination and the second with the competences to discuss EU Directives. We successfully organised several general and specialised conferences across Europe at an early stage. High-level speakers attracted participants and solidified the organisation’s reputation. Under the direction of the Secretary General, we gradually expanded our team to support the growing activities of working parties and governing bodies. We covered a wide scope of topics affecting the accountancy profession, such as SME and SMP issues, corporate governance, oversight and quality assurance, and sustainability reporting and assurance on sustainability. We also contributed to several key European initiatives, namely, the Green Paper on statutory auditors in the EU, projects on direct taxation and VAT, the introduction of the Euro, the EU Regulation on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and the new Directive on statutory audit.
We have gradually enlarged our membership, uniting professional accountancy bodies across. For more information on our history, please visit the links below.
Publications 1998 – current
Annual Reports from 1999 – current
Presidents until now
30th – start of Accountancy Europe (2016)
25th – quotes from leaders recognising FEE’s work (2012)
20th – visual history of FEE (2007)