REPARIS - Strategische Partnerschaft - Kick-Off-Phase
The policy environment and institutional framework for corporate reporting are very important pillars in economic development. In South Central and South East Europe these regulations still suffer from weaknesses. The Road to Europe: Program of Accounting Reform and Institutional Strengthening (REPARIS) is a regional program aimed at creating a transparent policy environment and effective institutional framework for corporate reporting. The program is designed around the introduction, implementation, and effective enforcement of relevant portions of the EU acquis communautaire with a view to contribute to foreign direct and portfolio investment, foster private and financial sector developments, improve the business environment and investment climate, and facilitate potential integration into (or harmonization with) the European Union.
This Kick-off phase is part of a planned longer lasting strategic partnership between the Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (CFRR) based in Vienna and the OEZA and other Austrian and possibly international donors and stakeholders. The Kick-off phase will conclude in a ministerial conference in June 2009 where further steps and partnerships will be announced.
The whole program consists of five components
1) Reform Momentum and Regional Cooperation
2) Curricula Development and Education and Training Reform in Accounting and Auditing
3) Moving Forward in Accounting and Auditing
4) Implementation support, Monitoring and Evaluation, Results Framework and Knowledge Management
5) Program Management and Trust Fund Administration
The methodology of the program is based on expert workshops on high and working level, face to face and distance knowledge exchange, building communities of practice as driving forces in the different countries, providing technical support to opinion leaders.
Target groups are civil servants, financial sector regulators, accounting and auditing bodies and (for selected workshops) private sector representatives.