Summary of the EC Legislative Proposals on Audit Policy

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Implications for companies and their auditors

This briefing provides an update on the proposed legislation being considered by the European Commission (EC) and debated in the European Parliament (EP) and the Council of Ministers (Council) which could significantly affect the relationship between businesses and their auditors in Europe. The proposals were released by the EC on November 30, 2011 and affect Public Interest Entities (PIEs). We have provided a summary of these proposals below.

These are important issues for us as auditors but also for you and all stakeholders in the capital markets. This document provides a short summary of the EC Legislative Proposals and some of our thoughts on these proposed changes.