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  • Audit and related services

    • Assistance, Expertise and Modernisation of Accounting (2003 - 2009)
      PwC has assisted DG Budget in modernising the European Commission’s (EC) accounting system. The project (ABAC) was a large-scale programme of transition from cash-based accounting to accrual accounting. It encompassed the design of new, IPSAS-compliant accounting standards and processes. , It was additionally an accounting and business systems integration exercise. PwC was commissioned to take on global management of the project and the running of the project office.

      The project was subdivided into three components:
      - Accounting: redefining the accounting rules, norms, processes and chart of accounts;
      - IT: designing the new IT architecture either via new SAP modules or via system interconnections;
      - User requirements: analysing all financial reporting requirements and increasing the overall reliability of the system.During the second phase of this project, PwC provided post-delivery services to the EC on IPSAS-related matters.
      PwC Contact: Josy Steenwinckel, Belgium

    • Audit certification of the various financial instruments, auditing of procedures relating to borrowing and lending operations, auditing of treasury management procedures and investment returns (2006 - 2008)
      PwC’s work included audit certification of the year-end financial statements for the following financial instruments: ECSC in Liquidation, Euratom, Macro-Financial Assistance, Balance of Payments, and the New Community Instrument.

      PwC also provided the following services: we examined the security and reliability of the data-processing system; we assisted in preparation of the financial statements; and we assisted in discussions with the Court of Auditors.
      PwC Contact: Gian Marco Magrini, Luxembourg

    • Accounting and auditing services on programmes and projects implemented under the responsibility of DG Enlargement (2006 – 2009)
      PwC was selected as the provider of financial and other types of audit-related services on programmes and projects implemented under the responsibility of DG Enlargement. Within this framework contract, PwC performed:
      - Audits of contracts carried out under a decentralised implementation system financed from external aid of the Community budget and implemented under the responsibility of DG Enlargement. These audits covered the reliability of the financial data, and also the legality, regularity and eligibility of activities, tenders, contracts and transactions.
      - Audits of contracts implemented under a centralised system financed from external aid of the Community budget and implemented under the responsibility of DG Enlargement. These audits included financial and compliance, system audits and technical audits.
      PwC Contact: Mike Hackworth, Czech Republic

    • Independent external auditing of the European Central Bank for the period 2008-2012
      Under this contract, PwC is providing the following services:
      - Audit of the ECB's annual accounts (balance sheet, profit and loss account and notes to the accounts). Within this context, PwC is examining the relevant accounting systems and internal controls to evaluate their adequacy with respect to preparation of the annual accounts. The services include site visits to all national central banks in the euro system.
      - Annual audit of the financial statements for the ECB's retirement plan. In this context, the external auditor examines the relevant accounting procedures and internal controls in order to evaluate their adequacy with respect to preparation of the financial statements. The services include site visits to the offices of the investment managers of the ECB's retirement plan.
      - Annual review of ECB staff member compliance with insider trading rules.
      PwC Contact: Jens Roennberg, Germany

    • IT security audits in 2006-2009
      PwC Netherlands has delivered IT security audit services to Eurojust. In 2006, a comparative audit was done of Eurojust's 'security baselines' (General Security Requirements) versus the Code of Practice (ISO 27002, formerly ISO 17799). In 2007, PwC performed an IT security audit of the Pilot Member State Connection project (webmail implementation). Recently, PwC Netherlands won a framework contract with Eurojust for IT audit activities. At present, a report is being drafted for the Eurojust College on the adoption of an appendix to their 'security baselines' (General Security Requirements).
      PwC Contact: Otto Vermeulen, The Netherlands

    • Operational assessments in relation to macroeconomic aid for third countries (2008 – 2010)
      PwC has mobilised an international team of practitioners for this contract and is using proven management techniques to maximise efficiency and effectiveness in delivering operational assessments. Recent projects under this contract include the Kosovo Operational Assignment and an Operational Assignment in Serbia.
      PwC Contact: Gian Marco Magrini, Luxembourg

  • Administrative Efficiency 

    • Assistance, Expertise and Modernisation of Accounting (2003 - 2009)
      PwC has assisted DG Budget in modernising the European Commission’s (EC) accounting system. The project (ABAC) was a large-scale programme of transition from cash-based accounting to accrual accounting. It encompassed the design of new, IPSAS-compliant accounting standards and processes. , It was additionally an accounting and business systems integration exercise. PwC was commissioned to take on global management of the project and the running of the project office.

      The project was subdivided into three components:
      - Accounting - redefining the accounting rules, norms, processes and chart of accounts;
      - IT - designing the new IT architecture either via new SAP modules or via system interconnections;
      - User requirements - analysing all financial reporting requirements and increasing the overall reliability of the system.
      During the second phase of this project, PwC provided post-delivery services to the EC on IPSAS-related matters.
      PwC Contact: Josy Steenwinckel, Belgium

    • Integration and streamlining of HR Administrative Services and Management Systems (2007)
      PwC provided a team of consultants who worked in close cooperation with the HR team of the European Investment Bank (EIB). The consultants fulfilled three main functions:
      - Provision of appropriate methodology and facilitating analysis of the HR administrative processes and services;
      - Giving technical advice, facilitating the process of integration, streamlining of administrative HR processes into a joint division, and leveraging the related use of technology;
      - Development of a training plan to support the implementation of new processes and work methods.PwC Contact: Bernard Dubois, Luxembourg

    • Studies, training and professional development (Project to facilitate the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement) - customs component (2007-2008)
      PwC facilitated, improved and promoted trade under the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement. In particular, the project strengthened the capacity of the institutions and government bodies that were responsible for implementing the Agreement in Mexico with regard to the customs component. For this purpose, PwC carried out several studies, training and professional development activities.
      PwC Contact: Ivan Jaso, Mexico

    • Training and information campaign necessary to ensure successful introduction of the EU VAT acquis in Romania (2007- 2008)
      PwC prepared and delivered specialist training on the EU intra-Community Value Added Tax (VAT) system and on other changes to the VAT legislation. Another key activity under this project was to design a campaign to inform the public and taxpayers. They were given information, first, on the legal and practical aspects of the VAT system that applies to intra-Community operations and, second, on other changes to the VAT legislation.
      PwC Contact: Serge Mary, Belgium

    • Technical assistance to the support project for the reform of human resource management of the National Police Force in DRC - (2009 - 2010)
      The European Commission is providing support to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to reinforce Congo's reform project of the National Police Force, in particular HR management.

      PwC has put in place a Project Management Unit providing technical assistance, financial control and coordination in identifying and implementing the activities under the project to reform the National Police Force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, thus reinforcing the organisation and operation of the future Congolese police.

      The particular objective of this project is to reinforce the structure of coordination, design and follow-up of the reform.
      PwC Contact: Luc Moens, UK

    • JESSICA Holding Fund (HF) Back Office modelling (2009)
      PwC has been appointed to assist the JESSICA Task Force and EIB in the identification, modelling and development of the Procedures Manual for the JESSICA HF operations. PwC is responsible for delivering the following aspects of project: § Analyse the assumptions and risks in the development of the HF § Model the HF operational structure § Draft the Procedures Manual § Define the outsourcing options with recommendations, indicating contractual conditions and Service Level Agreement (SLA) options (including costs) .
      PwC Contact: Fabio D'Aversa, Luxembourg

    • Management Training for the European Patent Office (2006 – 2008)
      By providing management training to the European Patent Office, PwC helped it create a consistent approach to managerial staff development, support managers in their career development and offer opportunities for training and development.

      PwC provided a range of training courses to the EPO, including in financial management and training in personal effectiveness, team leading and conflict management.
      PwC Contact: Ruud Kok, The Netherlands

  • Evaluation and Monitoring 

    • Ex-post evaluation of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in the programming period (2006-2007)
      PwC provided an analysis according to the following criteria:
      - Relevance to present and future social policy agendas;
      - The Foundation’s added value as an agency to living and working conditions in the EU;
      - Coherence of the Foundation’s activity with EU policies, with the activities of other agencies, and with the activities of the Commission’s departments;
      - Efficiency in the use of the (financial and human) resources available to the Foundation;
      - Effectiveness with which the Foundation’s goals have been reached;
      - Impact of the Foundation’s work with regard to its mission and stakeholders;
      - Visibility among target groups.
      PwC Contact: David Armstrong, UK

    • Collection of statistical information on green public procurement in the EU (2007- 2008)
      This project included the following:
      - Identification of suitable methodologies for calculating quantitative indicators on green public procurement (GPP) aimed at assessing the value and number of 'green' public procurement contracts as compared to the overall value and number of public procurement contracts;
      - Identification of additional qualitative indicators for measuring levels of “green public procurement” and corresponding measurement methods in the seven Member States that performed the best.
      PwC Contact: Gerdien Dijkstra, The Netherlands

    • Evaluation of the Dedicated Global Loan (2008)
      The objectives of this evaluation for the European Investment Bank are twofold:
      1. To assess the quality of the Dedicated Global Loan Operations, which would be assessed using generally accepted evaluation criteria mentioned above.
      2. To assess the EIB performance and contribution. In particular:
      - Contribution, in terms of financial value added provided to the FI in relation to the alternative sources of funding available (e.g. own deposits, bond issuance, inter bank market, etc.) and ultimately to the FB;
      - other non-financial contribution to the selected FI and to the commercial banking system in both quantitative and/or qualitative terms; and
      - Management by the EIB of the project cycle: from the FI identification to monitoring and follow-up.
      PwC Contact: Fabio D'Aversa, Luxembourg

    • Review of permits, monitoring plans, and verification reports on the EU greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme at the level of the Member States (2007 - 2008)
      PwC supported the Commission in evaluating completion of the second annual emission trading scheme (ETS) verification exercise at MS level. This project provided scrutiny of the results, highlighting successes and failures. In addition, PwC made suggestions for improvement aimed at harmonisation at national level.
      PwC Contact: Jeroen Kruijd, The Netherlands

    • Results Oriented Monitoring System in ACP, South Africa and Cuba (2005 – 2008)
      The external aid services of the European Commission – EuropeAid – have created a consistent, uniform monitoring system for development projects. The PwC-led consortium was selected to implement this project in the ACP region.

      PwC organised the monitoring of a total of 450 projects per year. 550 reports were also produced annually. The projects and programmes monitored included all fields of EU Assistance. For instance: governance, infrastructure, social and human development, natural resources, trade, security and migration, macroeconomics, and public finance. PwC employed more than 100 people as permanent or temporary staff for the project, which was managed through a Central Project Office in Brussels and three regional offices in the ACP region. A quality assurance manual was developed and implemented, assuring proper performance of all processes in the region – from mission planning and preparation to reporting and assessment, including administration and finance.
      PwC Contact: Floris Ampe, Belgium

    • Support with implementing rail group and sector reform and updating rail security (2009 – 2010)
      This contract is part of the Algerian transport sector support programme. PwC is providing support for implementation of the rail group, sector reform and updating rail security. The priorities are:
      - setting up an operating company as a public-private partnership (PPP) for a mining line;
      - the independent or separate form that the rail service in suburban Algiers could take;
      - setting up industrial partnerships for equipment maintenance and management.PwC is suggesting operational scenarios and implementation plans to produce partnership projects. This project also involves improving railway-installation and rail-transport security by improving technical regulatory bodies and updating the regulatory framework. Rail security is currently supervised by a public authority that, in theory, performs the task of technical regulation. In real terms, this task is mostly delegated to the SNTF – the sole operator at present. The liberalisation of rail activities will entail the onset of competition, which may lead to several operators using the same infrastructure. PwC will assist in the process of delegating the technical regulation tasks to other bodies that have both a certain degree of independence vis-à-vis the government and independence vis-à-vis rail operators and infrastructure managers.
      PwC Contact: Riccardo Tos, Italy

    • Projects relating to evaluation and impact assessment activities of the Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services (2007 – 2008)
      The objective of this framework contract was to carry out evaluations and impact assessments commissioned by DG Internal Market and Services. The assistance provided by PwC complemented services provided by other contractors.
      Typically, tasks consisted of the delivery of evaluation reports and of contributing to impact assessment exercises of the Commission. The main focus was on the evaluation of legislative acts and non-spending policies. Policy areas covered were among others the financial services of retail, insurance, securities, banking, and of financial conglomerates. In the framework of this project, PwC also provided a study on liquidity in relation to the Market Financial Instruments Directive.
      PwC Contact: Gian Marco Magrini, Luxembourg

    • Technical assistance for “support activities for the evaluation report of Directive 2003/30/EC (Biofuels)”
      PwC acted as external adviser to DG Energy and Transport. It also assisted in carrying out impact assessments and ex-ante evaluations for the design and preparation of Community policy initiatives and legislative proposals, and for intermediate and ex-post evaluations of Community policies and programmes.
      PwC Contact: Guido Sirolli, Italy

    • Integration and streamlining of HR Administrative Services and Management Systems (2007)
      In accordance with EV’s Terms of Reference, the objectives of the evaluation are twofold:
      1. To assess the quality of the Dedicated Global Loan Operations, which would be assessed using generally accepted evaluation criteria mentioned above.
      2. To assess the EIB performance and contribution. In particular:
      - Contribution, in terms of financial value added provided to the FI in relation to the alternative sources of funding available (e.g. own deposits, bond issuance, inter bank market, etc.) and ultimately to the FB;
      - other non-financial contribution to the selected FI and to the commercial banking system in both quantitative and/or qualitative terms; and
      - Management by the EIB of the project cycle: from the FI identification to monitoring and follow-up.
      PwC Contact: Fabio D'Aversa, Luxembourg
  • Financial Services 

    • Procurement, Supervision and in Fraud and Corruption Investigations (2006 - ongoing)
      PwC was selected as one of the service providers to reinforce the investigation unit of the European Investment Bank. The services provided under this contract include fraud investigations, evidence-gathering, computer forensic investigations, fraud risk assessment, asset tracing and recovery, and provision of training in fraud issues to increase awareness among the Bank Group staff.
      PwC Contact: Rudy Hoskens, Belgium

    • Transition to IRFS in the banking sector - Russia (2006 – 2008)
      In this project, PwC assisted the Russian banking sector and the Bank of Russia in applying international standards in bookkeeping and accounting. Assistance was also provided in preparing financial reporting in accordance with IFRS. PwC worked on enhancing the professional skills of bankers in order to improve the business and investment climate in Russia with the prospect of a Common Economic Space (CES) between the Russian Federation and the EU. The overall aim of the project was to contribute to the process of reform in the financial sector and improvement of the business and investment climate.
      PwC Contact: Richard Gregson, Russia

  • Policy Studies 

    • Technical assistance for the EU–India Action Plan Support Facility Programme (APSF) — energy component – (2008)
      The EU-India Action Plan Support Facility Programme (APSF) was designed to implement the India-EU joint action plan endorsed at the EU-India summit in September 2005.

      PwC carried out the following studies in the energy sector in India:
      - Study on the application of eco-design requirements and the methodology of energy-using products in India;
      - Study on biofuels in India.The results obtained are used to improve sector policy analysis and regulatory approaches in order to enhance mutual understanding and co-operation links between the EU and India in the selected domains. Another objective of this project was to enhance the technical and institutional capacity of the Indian administration.
      PwC Contact:
      Thierry Raes, France
      Kameswara Rao, India

    • Studies, training and professional development (Project to facilitate the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement) - customs component (2007-2008)
      PwC facilitated, improved and promoted trade under the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement. In particular, the project strengthened the capacity of the institutions and government bodies that were responsible for implementing the Agreement in Mexico with regard to the customs component. For this purpose, PwC carried out several studies, training and professional development activities.
      PwC Contact: Ivan Jaso, Mexico

    • External expertise on policy issues within the responsibility of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (2007 – 2010)
      PwC provides independent expert advice to the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN Committee) of the European Parliament on a variety of current and emerging issues related to legislative and non-legislative work in the area of air and rail transport.
      PwC Contact: Riccardo Tos, Italy

    • Projects relating to evaluation and impact assessment activities of the Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services (2007 – 2008)
      The objective of this framework contract was to carry out evaluations and impact assessments commissioned by DG Internal Market and Services. The assistance provided by PwC complemented services provided by other contractors.
      Typically, tasks consisted of the delivery of evaluation reports and of contributing to impact assessment exercises of the Commission. The main focus was on the evaluation of legislative acts and non-spending policies. Policy areas covered were among others the financial services of retail, insurance, securities, banking, and of financial conglomerates. In the framework of this project, PwC also provided a study on liquidity in relation to the Market Financial Instruments Directive.
      PwC Contact: Gian Marco Magrini, Luxembourg

    • Study on the innovative and competitive potential of the defence-related supplier base in the EU-12 (2009)
      PwC is carrying out a study providing the European Defence Agency and its stakeholders with knowledge of the EU-12 (new Member States) and the potential they have to contribute towards strengthening the European Defence Technology Industrial Base. The study will also help increase awareness of the unique competences that could be used to foster integration between EU-12 and 'old' Member States.
      PwC Contact: Andrzej Karkoszka, Poland

    • Technical assistance for “support activities for the evaluation report of Directive 2003/30/EC (Biofuels)”
      PwC acted as external adviser to DG Energy and Transport. It also assisted in carrying out impact assessments and ex-ante evaluations for the design and preparation of Community policy initiatives and legislative proposals, and for intermediate and ex-post evaluations of Community policies and programmes.
      PwC Contact: Guido Sirolli, Italy

    • Study on the Invoicing Directive (2001/115/EC) now incorporated into the VAT Directive (2007)
      PwC looked at the principal areas of invoicing to see whether the current legislation could be further harmonised and modernised. This was needed in order to reduce the burdens on business and encourage the use of e-invoicing.

      The study was conducted in three phases:
      - The first phase: information-gathering on the legislation of each of the 27 Member States. The information concerned transposition of the Invoicing Directive, other laws impacting the invoicing rules, and e-invoicing.
      - The second phase: evaluation of the effects of the legislation from the point of view of business and the national administration.
      - The third phase: making recommendations for creation of a more-harmonised, simplified, modern set of rules for invoicing, thus reducing administrative burdens for business and in turn allowing businesses to put e-invoicing solutions into place
      PwC Contact: Ine Lejeune, Belgium

  • Environmental Sustainability 

    • Framework contract for technical assistance to Jaspers' beneficiary countries (2006 – 2010)
      PwC is a member of a consortium supporting Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (Jaspers) – the policy initiative of the EIB, European Commission (DG REGIO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

      PwC provides technical assistance in the form of short and long-term assignments. Among the recent services provided in the framework of this contract were feasibility studies on transport, environmental assessment, and preparation of ERDF project applications.
      PwC Contacts: Guido Sirolli, Italy
      Gian Marco Magrini, Luxembourg
      Olga Grygier, Poland

    • Collection of statistical information on green public procurement in the EU (2007- 2008)
      This project included the following:
      - Identification of suitable methodologies for calculating quantitative indicators on green public procurement (GPP) aimed at assessing the value and number of 'green' public procurement contracts as compared to the overall value and number of public procurement contracts;
      - Identification of additional qualitative indicators for measuring levels of “green public procurement” and corresponding measurement methods in the seven Member States that performed the best.PwC Contact: Gerdien Dijkstra, The Netherlands

    • Review of permits, monitoring plans, and verification reports on the EU greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme at the level of the Member States (2007 - 2008)
      PwC supported the Commission in evaluating completion of the second annual emission trading scheme (ETS) verification exercise at MS level. This project provided scrutiny of the results, highlighting successes and failures. In addition, PwC made suggestions for improvement aimed at harmonisation at national level.
      PwC Contact: Jeroen Kruijd, The Netherlands

    • Technical assistance for the EU–India Action Plan Support Facility Programme (APSF) — energy component – (2008)
      The EU-India Action Plan Support Facility Programme (APSF) was designed to implement the India-EU joint action plan endorsed at the EU-India summit in September 2005.

      PwC has carried out the following studies in the energy sector in India:
      - Study on the application of eco-design requirements and the methodology of energy-using products in India;
      - Study on biofuels in India.The results obtained are used to improve sector policy analysis and regulatory approaches in order to enhance mutual understanding and co-operation links between the EU and India in the selected domains. Another objective of this project was to enhance the technical and institutional capacity of the Indian administration.
      PwC Contact:
      Thierry Raes, France
      Kameswara Rao, India

  • Tax and Customs 

    • Studies, training and professional development (Project to facilitate the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement) - customs component (2007-2008)
      PwC facilitated, improved and promoted trade under the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement. In particular, the project strengthened the capacity of the institutions and government bodies that were responsible for implementing the Agreement in Mexico with regard to the customs component. For this purpose, PwC carried out several studies, training and professional development activities.
      PwC Contact: Ivan Jaso, Mexico

    • Training and information campaign necessary to ensure successful introduction of the EU VAT acquis in Romania (2007- 2008)
      PwC prepared and delivered specialist training on the EU intra-Community Value Added Tax (VAT) system and on other changes to the VAT legislation. Another key activity under this project was to design a campaign to inform the public and taxpayers. They were given information, first, on the legal and practical aspects of the VAT system that applies to intra-Community operations and, second, on other changes to the VAT legislation.
      PwC Contact: Serge Mary, Belgium

    • Study on the Invoicing Directive (2001/115/EC) now incorporated into the VAT Directive (2007)
      PwC looked at the principal areas of invoicing to see whether the current legislation could be further harmonised and modernised. This was needed in order to reduce the burdens on business and encourage the use of e-invoicing.

      The study was conducted in three phases:
      - The first phase: information-gathering on the legislation of each of the 27 Member States. The information concerned transposition of the Invoicing Directive, other laws impacting the invoicing rules, and e-invoicing.
      - The second phase: evaluation of the effects of the legislation from the point of view of business and the national administration.
      - The third phase: making recommendations for creation of a more-harmonised, simplified, modern set of rules for invoicing, thus reducing administrative burdens for business and in turn allowing businesses to put e-invoicing solutions into place.PwC Contact: Ine Lejeune, Belgium

  • PPP/ Energy/ Infrastructure 

    • Framework contract for technical assistance to Jaspers' beneficiary countries (2006 – 2010)
      PwC is a member of a consortium supporting Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (Jaspers) – the policy initiative of the EIB, European Commission (DG REGIO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

      PwC provides technical assistance in the form of short and long-term assignments. Among the recent services provided in the framework of this contract were feasibility studies on transport, environmental assessment, and preparation of ERDF project applications.
      PwC Contacts: Guido Sirolli, Italy
      Gian Marco Magrini, Luxembourg
      Olga Grygier, Poland

    • Support with implementing rail group and sector reform and updating rail security (2009 – 2010)
      This contract is part of the Algerian transport sector support programme. PwC is providing support for implementation of the rail group, sector reform and updating rail security. The priorities are:
      - setting up an operating company as a public-private partnership (PPP) for a mining line;
      - the independent or separate form that the rail service in suburban Algiers could take;
      - setting up industrial partnerships for equipment maintenance and management.PwC is suggesting operational scenarios and implementation plans to produce partnership projects. This project also involves improving railway-installation and rail-transport security by improving technical regulatory bodies and updating the regulatory framework. Rail security is currently supervised by a public authority that, in theory, performs the task of technical regulation. In real terms, this task is mostly delegated to the SNTF – the sole operator at present. The liberalisation of rail activities will entail the onset of competition, which may lead to several operators using the same infrastructure. PwC will assist in the process of delegating the technical regulation tasks to other bodies that have both a certain degree of independence vis-à-vis the government and independence vis-à-vis rail operators and infrastructure managers.
      PwC Contact: Riccardo Tos, Italy

    • Provision of external expertise on policy issues within the responsibility of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (2007 – 2010)
      PwC provides independent expert advice to the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN Committee) of the European Parliament on a variety of current and emerging issues related to legislative and non-legislative work in the area of air and rail transport.
      PwC Contact: Riccardo Tos, Italy

  • e-Transformation 

    • Appointment of a service provider for electronic document management system (EDMS) workflow specification and software configuration for the Medicines Regulatory Authority – South- Africa (2007- 2010)
      PwC is helping the Medicines Regulatory Authority (MRA) strengthen the local healthcare system to improve the quality of care. Additionally, PwC is expanding the regulatory functions in order to include complementary and traditional African medicines and medical devices. The number of products regulated will increase from 29 000 to approximately 300 000.

      To support the overall objectives of the MRA, an electronic document management system (EDMS) is being deployed. It will be used to coordinate and integrate all the components through the establishment of a secure electronic data and management workflow-based configuration.
      PwC Contact: Jonathan Cawood, South Africa

    • IT security audits in 2006-2009
      PwC Netherlands has delivered IT security audit services to Eurojust. In 2006, a comparative audit was done of Eurojust's 'security baselines' (General Security Requirements) versus the Code of Practice (ISO 27002, formerly ISO 17799). In 2007, PwC performed an IT security audit of the Pilot Member State Connection project (webmail implementation). Recently, PwC Netherlands won a framework contract with Eurojust for IT audit activities. At present, a report is being drafted for the Eurojust College on the adoption of an appendix to their 'security baselines' (General Security Requirements).
      PwC Contact: Otto Vermeulen, The Netherlands

    • Study on the Invoicing Directive (2001/115/EC) now incorporated into the VAT Directive (2007)
      PwC looked at the principal areas of invoicing to see whether the current legislation could be further harmonised and modernised. This was needed in order to reduce the burdens on business and encourage the use of e-invoicing.

      The study was conducted in three phases:
      - The first phase: information-gathering on the legislation of each of the 27 Member States. The information concerned transposition of the Invoicing Directive, other laws impacting the invoicing rules, and e-invoicing.
      - The second phase: evaluation of the effects of the legislation from the point of view of business and the national administration.
      - The third phase: making recommendations for creation of a more-harmonised, simplified, modern set of rules for invoicing, thus reducing administrative burdens for business and in turn allowing businesses to put e-invoicing solutions into place.PwC Contact: Ine Lejeune, Belgium

  • Defence and Security 

    • Study on the innovative and competitive potential of the defence-related supplier base in the EU-12 (2009)
      PwC is carrying out a study providing the European Defence Agency and its stakeholders with knowledge of the EU-12 (new Member States) and the potential they have to contribute towards strengthening the European Defence Technology Industrial Base. The study will also help increase awareness of the unique competences that could be used to foster integration between EU-12 and 'old' Member States.
      PwC Contact: Andrzej Karkoszka, Poland

    • IT security audits in 2006-2009
      PwC Netherlands has delivered IT security audit services to Eurojust. In 2006, a comparative audit was done of Eurojust's 'security baselines' (General Security Requirements) versus the Code of Practice (ISO 27002, formerly ISO 17799). In 2007, PwC performed an IT security audit of the Pilot Member State Connection project (webmail implementation). Recently, PwC Netherlands won a framework contract with Eurojust for IT audit activities. At present, a report is being drafted for the Eurojust College on the adoption of an appendix to their 'security baselines' (General Security Requirements).
      PwC Contact: Otto Vermeulen, The Netherlands

  • Regional Development 

    • Framework contract for technical assistance to Jaspers' beneficiary countries (2006 – 2010)
      PwC is a member of a consortium supporting Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (Jaspers) – the policy initiative of the EIB, European Commission (DG REGIO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

      PwC provides technical assistance in the form of short and long-term assignments. Among the recent services provided in the framework of this contract were feasibility studies on transport, environmental assessment, and preparation of ERDF project applications.
      PwC Contacts: Guido Sirolli, Italy
      Gian Marco Magrini, Luxembourg
      Olga Grygier, Poland

References by institutions

  • DG BUDGET

    • Assistance, Expertise and Modernisation of Accounting (2003 - 2009)
      PwC has assisted DG Budget in modernising the European Commission’s (EC) accounting system. The project (ABAC) was a large-scale programme of transition from cash-based accounting to accrual accounting. It encompassed the design of new, IPSAS-compliant accounting standards and processes. , It was additionally an accounting and business systems integration exercise. PwC was commissioned to take on global management of the project and the running of the project office.

      The project was subdivided into three components:
      - Accounting - redefining the accounting rules, norms, processes and chart of accounts;
      - IT - designing the new IT architecture either via new SAP modules or via system interconnections;
      - User requirements - analysing all financial reporting requirements and increasing the overall reliability of the system.During the second phase of this project, PwC provided post-delivery services to the EC on IPSAS-related matters.
      PwC Contact: Josy Steenwinckel, Belgium

  • DG ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS 

  • EUROPEAN FOUNDATION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS 

    • Ex-post evaluation of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions in the programming period (2006-2007)
      PwC provided an analysis according to the following criteria:
      - Relevance to present and future social policy agendas;
      - The Foundation’s added value as an agency to living and working conditions in the EU;
      - Coherence of the Foundation’s activity with EU policies, with the activities of other agencies, and with the activities of the Commission’s departments;
      - Efficiency in the use of the (financial and human) resources available to the Foundation;
      - Effectiveness with which the Foundation’s goals have been reached;
      - Impact of the Foundation’s work with regard to its mission and stakeholders;
      - Visibility among target groups.PwC Contact:David Armstrong, UK

  • EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK 

    • Integration and streamlining of HR Administrative Services and Management Systems (2007)
      PwC provided a team of consultants who worked in close cooperation with the HR team of the European Investment Bank (EIB). The consultants fulfilled three main functions:
      - Provision of appropriate methodology and facilitating analysis of the HR administrative processes and services;
      - Giving technical advice, facilitating the process of integration, streamlining of administrative HR processes into a joint division, and leveraging the related use of technology;
      - Development of a training plan to support the implementation of new processes and work methods.
      PwC Contact: Bernard Dubois, Luxembourg

    • Evaluation of the Dedicated Global Loan (2008)
      The objectives of this evaluation for the European Investment Bank are twofold:
      1. To assess the quality of the Dedicated Global Loan Operations, which would be assessed using generally accepted evaluation criteria mentioned above.
      2. To assess the EIB performance and contribution. In particular:
      - Contribution, in terms of financial value added provided to the FI in relation to the alternative sources of funding available (e.g. own deposits, bond issuance, inter bank market, etc.) and ultimately to the FB;
      - other non-financial contribution to the selected FI and to the commercial banking system in both quantitative and/or qualitative terms; and
      - Management by the EIB of the project cycle: from the FI identification to monitoring and follow-up.
      PwC Contact: Fabio D'Aversa, Luxembourg

    • Framework contract for technical assistance to Jaspers' beneficiary countries (2006 – 2010)
      PwC is a member of a consortium supporting Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (Jaspers) – the policy initiative of the EIB, European Commission (DG REGIO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

      PwC provides technical assistance in the form of short and long-term assignments. Among the recent services provided in the framework of this contract were feasibility studies on transport, environmental assessment, and preparation of ERDF project applications.
      PwC Contacts: Guido Sirolli, Italy
      Gian Marco Magrini, Luxembourg
      Olga Grygier, Poland

    • Procurement, Supervision and in Fraud and Corruption Investigations (2006 - ongoing)
      PwC was selected as one of the service providers to reinforce the investigation unit of the European Investment Bank. The services provided under this contract include fraud investigations, evidence-gathering, computer forensic investigations, fraud risk assessment, asset tracing and recovery, and provision of training in fraud issues to increase awareness among the Bank Group staff.
      PwC Contact: Rudy Hoskens, Belgium

    • Short-term study for the implementation of JESSICA Holding Fund Activities (2008)
      PwC was responsible for carrying out a short-term study which will enabled the EIB to finalise a business plan on the implementation of the HF activities. The short-term study covered the following elements:
      - Analysis of governing EC Regulations relevant for the establishment of the JESSICA HFs
      - Identification of the tasks and services of the JESSICA HF
      - Propose a pricing methodology for the HF activities
      - Benchmark of the HF activities against other similar services, provided in the urban development, infrastructure or property investment fund market
      - SWOT analysis of the most relevant options identified for the JESSICA Task Force appreciation

      PwC Contact: Fabio D'Aversa, Luxembourg

    • Project Title: JESSICA Holding Fund (HF) Back Office modelling (2009)
      PwC has been appointed to assist the JESSICA Task Force and EIB in the identification, modelling and development of the Procedures Manual for the JESSICA HF operations. PwC is responsible for delivering the following aspects of the project:
      - Analyse the assumptions and risks in the development of the HF
      - Model the HF operational structure
      - Draft the Procedures Manual
      - Define the outsourcing options with recommendations, indicating contractual conditions and Service Level Agreement (SLA) options (including costs)
      PwC Contacts: Fabio D'Aversa, Luxembourg

  • DG ENVIRONMENT

  • EUROPEAID 

    • Audit of projects funded from 8th and 9th EDF resources (Kenya, regional and Somalia) and Stabex transfers (2008 – 2010)
      PwC holds three audit contracts in the region for projects funded through the European Development Fund (EDF). They include the water facility, the Community Development Programme, and the Drought Management Initiative.
      PwC Contact: Alphan Njeru, Kenya

    • Studies, training and professional development (Project to facilitate the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement) - customs component (2007-2008)
      PwC facilitated, improved and promoted trade under the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement. In particular, the project strengthened the capacity of the institutions and government bodies that were responsible for implementing the Agreement in Mexico with regard to the customs component. For this purpose, PwC carried out several studies, training and professional development activities.
      PwC Contact: Ivan Jaso, Mexico

    • Training and information campaign necessary to ensure successful introduction of the EU VAT acquis in Romania (2007- 2008)
      PwC prepared and delivered specialist training on the EU intra-Community Value Added Tax (VAT) system and on other changes to the VAT legislation. Another key activity under this project was to design a campaign to inform the public and taxpayers. They were given information, first, on the legal and practical aspects of the VAT system that applies to intra-Community operations and, second, on other changes to the VAT legislation.
      PwC Contact: Serge Mary, Belgium

    • Technical assistance to the support project for the reform of human resource management of the National Police Force in DRC - (2009 - 2010)
      The European Commission is providing support to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to reinforce Congo's reform project of the National Police Force, in particular HR management.

      PwC has put in place a Project Management Unit providing technical assistance, financial control and coordination in identifying and implementing the activities under the project to reform the National Police Force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, thus reinforcing the organisation and operation of the future Congolese police.

      The particular objective of this project is to reinforce the structure of coordination, design and follow-up of the reform.
      PwC Contact: Luc Moens, UK

    • Results Oriented Monitoring System in ACP, South Africa and Cuba (2005 – 2008)
      The external aid services of the European Commission – EuropeAid – have created a consistent, uniform monitoring system for development projects. The PwC-led consortium was selected to implement this project in the ACP region.

      PwC organised the monitoring of a total of 450 projects per year. 550 reports were also produced annually. The projects and programmes monitored included all fields of EU Assistance. For instance: governance, infrastructure, social and human development, natural resources, trade, security and migration, macroeconomics, and public finance. PwC employed more than 100 people as permanent or temporary staff for the project, which was managed through a Central Project Office in Brussels and three regional offices in the ACP region. A quality assurance manual was developed and implemented, assuring proper performance of all processes in the region – from mission planning and preparation to reporting and assessment, including administration and finance.
      PwC Contact: Floris Ampe, Belgium

    • Support with implementing rail group and sector reform and updating rail security (2009 – 2010)
      This contract is part of the Algerian transport sector support programme. PwC is providing support for implementation of the rail group, sector reform and updating rail security. The priorities are:
      - setting up an operating company as a public-private partnership (PPP) for a mining line;
      - the independent or separate form that the rail service in suburban Algiers could take;
      - setting up industrial partnerships for equipment maintenance and management.PwC is suggesting operational scenarios and implementation plans to produce partnership projects. This project also involves improving railway-installation and rail-transport security by improving technical regulatory bodies and updating the regulatory framework. Rail security is currently supervised by a public authority that, in theory, performs the task of technical regulation. In real terms, this task is mostly delegated to the SNTF – the sole operator at present. The liberalisation of rail activities will entail the onset of competition, which may lead to several operators using the same infrastructure. PwC will assist in the process of delegating the technical regulation tasks to other bodies that have both a certain degree of independence vis-à-vis the government and independence vis-à-vis rail operators and infrastructure managers.
      PwC Contact: Riccardo Tos, Italy

    • Transition to IRFS in the banking sector - Russia (2006 – 2008)
      In this project, PwC assisted the Russian banking sector and the Bank of Russia in applying international standards in bookkeeping and accounting. Assistance was also provided in preparing financial reporting in accordance with IFRS. PwC worked on enhancing the professional skills of bankers in order to improve the business and investment climate in Russia with the prospect of a Common Economic Space (CES) between the Russian Federation and the EU. The overall aim of the project was to contribute to the process of reform in the financial sector and improvement of the business and investment climate.
      PwC Contact: Richard Gregson, Russia

    • Technical assistance for the EU–India Action Plan Support Facility Programme (APSF) — energy component – (2008)
      The EU-India Action Plan Support Facility Programme (APSF) was designed to implement the India-EU joint action plan endorsed at the EU-India summit in September 2005.

      PwC has carried out the following studies in the energy sector in India:
      - Study on the application of eco-design requirements and the methodology of energy-using products in India;
      - Study on biofuels in India.The results obtained are used to improve sector policy analysis and regulatory approaches in order to enhance mutual understanding and co-operation links between the EU and India in the selected domains. Another objective of this project was to enhance the technical and institutional capacity of the Indian administration.
      PwC Contact:
      Thierry Raes, France
      Kameswara Rao, India

    • Appointment of a service provider for electronic document management system (EDMS) workflow specification and software configuration for the Medicines Regulatory Authority – South- Africa (2007- 2010)
      PwC is helping the Medicines Regulatory Authority (MRA) strengthen the local healthcare system to improve the quality of care. Additionally, PwC is expanding the regulatory functions in order to include complementary and traditional African medicines and medical devices. The number of products regulated will increase from 29 000 to approximately 300 000.

      To support the overall objectives of the MRA, an electronic document management system (EDMS) is being deployed. It will be used to coordinate and integrate all the components through the establishment of a secure electronic data and management workflow-based configuration.
      PwC Contact: Jonathan Cawood, South Africa

  • DG ENLARGEMENT 

    • Accounting and auditing services on programmes and projects implemented under the responsibility of DG Enlargement (2006 – 2009)
      PwC was selected as the provider of financial and other types of audit-related services on programmes and projects implemented under the responsibility of DG Enlargement. Within this framework contract, PwC performed:
      - Audits of contracts carried out under a decentralised implementation system financed from external aid of the Community budget and implemented under the responsibility of DG Enlargement. These audits covered the reliability of the financial data, and also the legality, regularity and eligibility of activities, tenders, contracts and transactions.
      - Audits of contracts implemented under a centralised system financed from external aid of the Community budget and implemented under the responsibility of DG Enlargement. These audits included financial and compliance, system audits and technical audits.PwC Contact: Mike Hackworth, Czech Republic

  • EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT 

  • EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE 

    • Management Training for the European Patent Office (2006 – 2008)
      By providing management training to the European Patent Office, PwC helped it create a consistent approach to managerial staff development, support managers in their career development and offer opportunities for training and development.

      PwC provided a range of training courses to the EPO, including in financial management and training in personal effectiveness, team leading and conflict management.
      PwC Contact: Ruud Kok, The Netherlands

  • DG INTERNAL MARKET 

    • Projects relating to evaluation and impact assessment activities of the Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services (2007 – 2008)
      The objective of this framework contract was to carry out evaluations and impact assessments commissioned by DG Internal Market and Services. The assistance provided by PwC complemented services provided by other contractors.
      Typically, tasks consisted of the delivery of evaluation reports and of contributing to impact assessment exercises of the Commission. The main focus was on the evaluation of legislative acts and non-spending policies. Policy areas covered were among others the financial services of retail, insurance, securities, banking, and of financial conglomerates. In the framework of this project, PwC also provided a study on liquidity in relation to the Market Financial Instruments Directive.
      PwC Contact: Gian Marco Magrini, Luxembourg

  • EUROPEAN DEFENCE AGENCY 

    • Study on the innovative and competitive potential of the defence-related supplier base in the EU-12 (2009)
      PwC is carrying out a study providing the European Defence Agency and its stakeholders with knowledge of the EU-12 (new Member States) and the potential they have to contribute towards strengthening the European Defence Technology Industrial Base. The study will also help increase awareness of the unique competences that could be used to foster integration between EU-12 and 'old' Member States.
      PwC Contact: Andrzej Karkoszka, Poland

  • DG ENERGY AND TRANSPORT 

  • EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK 

    • Independent external auditing of the European Central Bank for the period 2008-2012
      Under this contract, PwC is providing the following services:
      - Audit of the ECB's annual accounts (balance sheet, profit and loss account and notes to the accounts). Within this context, PwC is examining the relevant accounting systems and internal controls to evaluate their adequacy with respect to preparation of the annual accounts. The services include site visits to all national central banks in the euro system.
      - Annual audit of the financial statements for the ECB's retirement plan. In this context, the external auditor examines the relevant accounting procedures and internal controls in order to evaluate their adequacy with respect to preparation of the financial statements. The services include site visits to the offices of the investment managers of the ECB's retirement plan.
      - Annual review of ECB staff member compliance with insider trading rules.
      PwC Contact: Jens Roennberg, Germany

  • EUROJUST 

    • IT security audits in 2006-2009
      PwC Netherlands has delivered IT security audit services to Eurojust. In 2006, a comparative audit was done of Eurojust's 'security baselines' (General Security Requirements) versus the Code of Practice (ISO 27002, formerly ISO 17799). In 2007, PwC performed an IT security audit of the Pilot Member State Connection project (webmail implementation). Recently, PwC Netherlands won a framework contract with Eurojust for IT audit activities. At present, a report is being drafted for the Eurojust College on the adoption of an appendix to their 'security baselines' (General Security Requirements).
      PwC Contact: Otto Vermeulen, The Netherlands

  • DG TAX AND CUSTOMS 

    • Study on the Invoicing Directive (2001/115/EC) now incorporated into the VAT Directive (2007)
      PwC looked at the principal areas of invoicing to see whether the current legislation could be further harmonised and modernised. This was needed in order to reduce the burdens on business and encourage the use of e-invoicing.

      The study was conducted in three phases:
      - The first phase: information-gathering on the legislation of each of the 27 Member States. The information concerned transposition of the Invoicing Directive, other laws impacting the invoicing rules, and e-invoicing.
      - The second phase: evaluation of the effects of the legislation from the point of view of business and the national administration.
      - The third phase: making recommendations for creation of a more-harmonised, simplified, modern set of rules for invoicing, thus reducing administrative burdens for business and in turn allowing businesses to put e-invoicing solutions into place.
      PwC Contact: Ine Lejeune, Belgium

References by regions

  • Africa 

    • Audit of projects funded from 8th and 9th EDF resources (Kenya, regional and Somalia) and Stabex transfers (2008 – 2010)
      PwC holds three audit contracts in the region for projects funded through the European Development Fund (EDF). They include the water facility, the Community Development Programme, and the Drought Management Initiative.
      PwC Contact: Alphan Njeru, Kenya

    • Appointment of a service provider for electronic document management system (EDMS) workflow specification and software configuration for the Medicines Regulatory Authority – South- Africa (2007- 2010)
      PwC is helping the Medicines Regulatory Authority (MRA) strengthen the local healthcare system to improve the quality of care. Additionally, PwC is expanding the regulatory functions in order to include complementary and traditional African medicines and medical devices. The number of products regulated will increase from 29 000 to approximately 300 000.

      To support the overall objectives of the MRA, an electronic document management system (EDMS) is being deployed. It will be used to coordinate and integrate all the components through the establishment of a secure electronic data and management workflow-based configuration.
      PwC Contact: Jonathan Cawood, South Africa

    • Results Oriented Monitoring System in ACP, South Africa and Cuba (2005 – 2008)
      The external aid services of the European Commission – EuropeAid – have created a consistent, uniform monitoring system for development projects. The PwC-led consortium was selected to implement this project in the ACP region.

      PwC organised the monitoring of a total of 450 projects per year. 550 reports were also produced annually. The projects and programmes monitored included all fields of EU Assistance. For instance: governance, infrastructure, social and human development, natural resources, trade, security and migration, macroeconomics, and public finance. PwC employed more than 100 people as permanent or temporary staff for the project, which was managed through a Central Project Office in Brussels and three regional offices in the ACP region. A quality assurance manual was developed and implemented, assuring proper performance of all processes in the region – from mission planning and preparation to reporting and assessment, including administration and finance.
      PwC Contact: Floris Ampe, Belgium

    • Technical assistance to the support project for the reform of human resource management of the National Police Force in DRC - (2009 - 2010)
      The European Commission is providing support to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to reinforce Congo's reform project of the National Police Force, in particular HR management.

      PwC has put in place a Project Management Unit providing technical assistance, financial control and coordination in identifying and implementing the activities under the project to reform the National Police Force in the Democratic Republic of Congo, thus reinforcing the organisation and operation of the future Congolese police.

      The particular objective of this project is to reinforce the structure of coordination, design and follow-up of the reform.
      PwC Contact: Luc Moens, UK

  • Asia 

    • Technical assistance for the EU–India Action Plan Support Facility Programme (APSF) — energy component – (2008)
      The EU-India Action Plan Support Facility Programme (APSF) was designed to implement the India-EU joint action plan endorsed at the EU-India summit in September 2005.

      PwC carried out the following studies in the energy sector in India:
      - Study on the application of eco-design requirements and the methodology of energy-using products in India;
      - Study on biofuels in India.The results obtained are used to improve sector policy analysis and regulatory approaches in order to enhance mutual understanding and co-operation links between the EU and India in the selected domains. Another objective of this project was to enhance the technical and institutional capacity of the Indian administration.
      PwC Contact: Thierry Raes, France
      Kameswara Rao, India

  • Americas 

    • Studies, training and professional development (Project to facilitate the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement) - customs component (2007-2008)
      PwC facilitated, improved and promoted trade under the EU–Mexico Free Trade Agreement. In particular, the project strengthened the capacity of the institutions and government bodies that were responsible for implementing the Agreement in Mexico with regard to the customs component. For this purpose, PwC carried out several studies, training and professional development activities.
      PwC Contact: Ivan Jaso, Mexico

    • Results Oriented Monitoring System in ACP, South Africa and Cuba (2005 – 2008)
      The external aid services of the European Commission – EuropeAid – have created a consistent, uniform monitoring system for development projects. The PwC-led consortium was selected to implement this project in the ACP region.

      PwC organised the monitoring of a total of 450 projects per year. 550 reports were also produced annually. The projects and programmes monitored included all fields of EU Assistance. For instance: governance, infrastructure, social and human development, natural resources, trade, security and migration, macroeconomics, and public finance. PwC employed more than 100 people as permanent or temporary staff for the project, which was managed through a Central Project Office in Brussels and three regional offices in the ACP region. A quality assurance manual was developed and implemented, assuring proper performance of all processes in the region – from mission planning and preparation to reporting and assessment, including administration and finance.
      PwC Contact: Floris Ampe, Belgium

  • Maghreb 

    • Support with implementing rail group and sector reform and updating rail security (2009 – 2010)
      This contract is part of the Algerian transport sector support programme. PwC is providing support for implementation of the rail group, sector reform and updating rail security. The priorities are:
      - setting up an operating company as a public-private partnership (PPP) for a mining line;
      - the independent or separate form that the rail service in suburban Algiers could take;
      - setting up industrial partnerships for equipment maintenance and management.PwC is suggesting operational scenarios and implementation plans to produce partnership projects. This project also involves improving railway-installation and rail-transport security by improving technical regulatory bodies and updating the regulatory framework. Rail security is currently supervised by a public authority that, in theory, performs the task of technical regulation. In real terms, this task is mostly delegated to the SNTF – the sole operator at present. The liberalisation of rail activities will entail the onset of competition, which may lead to several operators using the same infrastructure. PwC will assist in the process of delegating the technical regulation tasks to other bodies that have both a certain degree of independence vis-à-vis the government and independence vis-à-vis rail operators and infrastructure managers.
      PwC Contact: Riccardo Tos, Italy

  • CEE, CIS, Russia 

    • Transition to IRFS in the banking sector - Russia (2006 – 2008)
      In this project, PwC assisted the Russian banking sector and the Bank of Russia in applying international standards in bookkeeping and accounting. Assistance was also provided in preparing financial reporting in accordance with IFRS. PwC worked on enhancing the professional skills of bankers in order to improve the business and investment climate in Russia with the prospect of a Common Economic Space (CES) between the Russian Federation and the EU. The overall aim of the project was to contribute to the process of reform in the financial sector and improvement of the business and investment climate.
      PwC Contact: Richard Gregson, Russia

    • Training and information campaign necessary to ensure successful introduction of the EU VAT acquis in Romania (2007- 2008)
      PwC prepared and delivered specialist training on the EU intra-Community Value Added Tax (VAT) system and on other changes to the VAT legislation. Another key activity under this project was to design a campaign to inform the public and taxpayers. They were given information, first, on the legal and practical aspects of the VAT system that applies to intra-Community operations and, second, on other changes to the VAT legislation.
      PwC Contact: Serge Mary, Belgium

  • Middle East

    • Palestino-European mechanism for the management of the Social and Economic Assistance (PEGASE) (2006-2008)
      PwC implemented the payment of social allowances for the European Union by verifying data and compiling a database. Auditors from PwC carried out all work necessary to ensure that direct payments of social allowances to health and other workers are made to individual bank accounts as quickly as possible.
      The objective was to help ensure that payments can be made effectively and efficiently.

      PwC was in charge of implementing and managing the project. PwC also led the audit and rendered advice on donor-funded projects and was responsible for administrative support and public internal financial control. It reviewed the public financial management and oversaw the criteria allocation.
      PwC Contact: Fabio D’Aversa, Luxembourg

  • Pacific

    • Results Oriented Monitoring System in ACP, South Africa and Cuba (2005 – 2008)
      The external aid services of the European Commission – EuropeAid – have created a consistent, uniform monitoring system for development projects. The PwC-led consortium was selected to implement this project in the ACP region.

      PwC organised the monitoring of a total of 450 projects per year. 550 reports were also produced annually. The projects and programmes monitored included all fields of EU Assistance. For instance: governance, infrastructure, social and human development, natural resources, trade, security and migration, macroeconomics, and public finance. PwC employed more than 100 people as permanent or temporary staff for the project, which was managed through a Central Project Office in Brussels and three regional offices in the ACP region. A quality assurance manual was developed and implemented, assuring proper performance of all processes in the region – from mission planning and preparation to reporting and assessment, including administration and finance.
      PwC Contact: Floris Ampe, Belgium