The 2020 edition of the IAS annual Conference will go on as planned, on 18 November
The Internal Audit Service (IAS), leading practitioner in the risk, control and auditing community, has a long tradition of organising annual conferences, as well as 'ad-hoc' high-level meetings with audit executives. Participants also very much appreciate the networking opportunities offered.
For the 2020 edition, which also coincides with IAS’s 20th anniversary, we will organise an afternoon event in a “hybrid” format, with a limited number of participants and a much larger number of guests that can join in a virtual mode via interactive platforms and web-streaming. We have been in regular contact with our key speakers, which all confirmed their participation and contribution to our event – providing the confinement rules in the respective countries permit their physical presence.
This year, our Conference will be co-hosted by the Directorate-General for Budget (BUDG), the corporate department coordinating and supporting the management of the European Commission’s EUR 160 billion annual budget. This responsibility includes in particular proposing and implementing the financial framework, collecting the resources that EU countries have agreed to contribute, coordinating the work of the Commission services with regard to the discharge procedure (in the European Parliament and the Council) and reporting on the implementation of EU budget. Its role is paramount, as the Commission put forward a major recovery plan for Europe based on the Next Generation EU fund with financial firepower of EUR 750 billion, and a reinforced long-term budget of the EU for 2021-2027 (EUR 1 047,3 billion).
 Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and providing that there will not be another outbreak of the virus in autumn. Besides keynote speeches, debates, Q&A, break-out sessions with speakers, we will use more intensively video materials, live streams with speakers, online polls and surveys.