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ACCA welcomes the new Slovak Presidency of the EU


05 Jul 2016


Euro & Finance

Global accountancy body ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) welcomes the priorities of the incoming Presidency

On 1 July, Slovakia took over the helm of the Council of the EU from the Netherlands, the first time the nation has held the Presidency of the Union. ACCA has responded to the news by welcoming the overarching aim of the Slovaks - to produce tangible results for EU citizens for the next six months. The global accountancy body also acknowledges that the Slovak presidency is faced with a daunting two-fold challenge: responding to the impact of Brexit and regaining  citizens´ trust in the common European project.

Helen Brand, OBE, chief executive of ACCA said:

“Strengthening the EU's economy, modernising and deepening the single market, focusing on the digital economy and the mobility of skilled labour all resonate strongly with ACCA’s core philosophy. ACCA is a global accountancy body and engagement across international borders is in our DNA. While the issue of the UK’s place in the European Union is understandably taking the headlines, it is important that business still goes on as usual within the EU. We are committed to helping the new Presidency deliver the consistent progress business and society in Europe – and  across the world -  requires.

Helen Brand adds:

“We understand that ensuring better communication with the European public on the EU’s tangible benefits is a key objective for the Slovak Presidency. This focus on what Bratislava calls the ‘positive agenda’ is indeed vital. ACCA is fully committed to supporting the Slovak Presidency and looks forward to working constructively towards sustainable solutions.”




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About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. It offers business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.

ACCA supports its 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 181 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 95 offices and centres and more than 7,110 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.

Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. It believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development and seek to develop capacity in the profession and encourage the adoption of global standards. ACCA’s core values are aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors and it ensures that through its range of qualifications, it prepares accountants for business. ACCA seeks to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers, innovating its qualifications and delivery to meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers. More information is here: