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Towards implementing European Public Sector Accounting Standards (EPSAS) for EU Member States - Public consultation on future EPSAS governance principles and structures
Economic and Financial Affairs
All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions from national governments and national public authorities, especially ministries of finance, accounting standard setters, audit and supervisory authorities, statistical offices as well as private sector accounting bodies and associations and some known institutional stakeholders will also be invited directly.
Period of consultation
From 25/11/2013 to 17/02/2014 (closed).
Objective of the consultation
The "Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament – Towards implementing harmonised public sector accounting standards in the Member States" - COM (2013) 114 was released by the Commission on 6 March 2013. It presented a twofold conclusion. On the one hand, IPSAS (International Public Sector Accounting Standards) as it stands currently cannot be simply implemented in EU Member States. On the other hand, the IPSAS standards represent a starting reference for potential European Public Sector Accounting Standards.
Following the publication of the report, Eurostat organised a conference on 29-30 May 2013 in Brussels. The keynote speeches of President Van Rompuy and Commissioner Šemeta, together with the contributions of many other prominent speakers, showed strong support for the proposal to develop harmonised public sector accounting standards in the EU.
The conference concluded that EPSAS was seen, not least, as a necessary tool for further fiscal and budgetary integration in the EU. The project was very ambitious, with a medium-term scope. As a next step it was proposed to prepare a Commission Communication on EPSAS to prepare the ground for a potential legislative proposal on EPSAS in 2015.
The issue of the governance for the future EPSAS was identified as a priority for follow-up after the conference. A first meeting of a Task Force of experts delegated from EU national governments took place on the 2nd October 2013 to exchange views on possible future governance arrangements. On basis of that discussion, Eurostat is launching this public consultation in order to collect views from the widest possible range of stakeholders.
How to submit your contribution
Please complete and submit the online questionnaire.
Replies submitted via other means (mail, email, etc.) than the online questionnaire may not be processed and taken into account in due time for the evaluation of responses to this consultation.
For information, a copy of the full questionnaire in pdf format is also available.
If you encounter any technical problems or you have any other questions or observations concerning this public consultation, please contact us on the following email address: ESTAT-EPSAScontact@ec.europa.eu
The consultation document and the questionnaire are available below in several language versions. Other translations may be made available in other official languages of the European Union upon request.
All contributions to this public consultation will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.
Before submitting your contribution, please read carefully the consultation paper which provides the necessary background information.
- Questionnaire (online) (closed)
- COM (2013) 114 - "Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament – Towards implementing harmonised public sector accounting standards in the Member States"
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