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The Centre provides knowledge services and capacity development assistance. Services include analytical and advisory services, learning and skill development, know-how and knowledge transfer, and technical assistance and institutional strengthening. All CFRR publications are available on this site.

Group Challenge: The PejaSko Quiz

Teaching material | 2017

This Group Challenge aims to refresh participants memory of key facts and concepts described in the simulated audit client PejaSko that is used as a core teaching resource throughout the Audit Training of Trainers Workshops and draw participant’s attention to key issues to be covered in the upcoming workshop sessions.

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Linking financial reporting quality and cost of debt: Evidence from Serbian SMEs

Publication | 2017

This publication is an empirical study on financial information and cost of finance in Serbia.  Using the financial statement database of the Serbian Business Registers Agency (APR), we analyze the extent to which the quality of a company’s financial reporting is associated with its cost of debt. The focus of this study is small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because they represent a critical segment of the economy in most countries.

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Small and Medium Enterprises: Financial Information As A Catalyst For Lending - Results of a Survey on Bank Lending Practices in Serbia

Report | 2017

The study of bank lending practices to SMEs in Serbia, based on a survey of six of the largest banks, finds that financial statements are a significant input to banks’ lending decisions to SMEs. The report was disseminated on 17 October 2017 in Belgrade at the Banking Association; in attendance were representatives from ten commercial banks (some of which had participated in the study), the Ministry of Economy, and other stakeholders. The meeting acknowledged the findings and conclusions of the study and found them in line with their own practices.

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Serbia - Public sector accounting review: report on the enhancement of public sector financial reporting

Report | 2017

The government’s public financial management (PFM) Reform Program 2016-2020 foresees the gradual transition of public sector financial reporting from a cash basis to an accrual basis of accounting and the application of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). This will significantly improve the quality of financial information and should enable better informed decision-making, more efficient use of public funds and resources and improved fiscal performance.

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Public Oversight Systems for Statutory Audit in the EU

Publication | 2017

Public oversight of audits and auditors is a relatively recent development, particularly in light of the length of time that capital markets and the audit profession have operated. This paper reflects on the rationale for public oversight of auditors, summarizes the relevant EU legislation and international benchmarks for public oversight systems, and thereafter compares and contrasts the different approaches taken by EU member states to operate their public oversight systems.

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EU-REPARIS Accountancy Education Benchmarking

Success Story | 2017

Sound systems of accountancy education increase the labor readiness and skills of the next generation accountancy workforce, produce competent and capable practitioners whose expertise and professionalism contribute significantly to financial decision making and help build public trust and confidence. The EU REPARIS Accountancy Education Benchmarking Study gives the participating institutions clear information on their educational provision and how it compares to international expectations.

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Croatia’s EU Accession: Case Studies on Reform and the Transposition of the Community Acquis

Publication | 2017

The genesis for this publication was conceived within the context of the EU Road to Europe – Program of Accounting Reform and Institutional Strengthening (EU-REPARIS) regional program, which aims to provide assistance to the countries of Central and South East Europe on corporate financial reporting reform, particularly candidate countries to European Union (EU) accession.

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Banking Supervisors and External Auditors: Building a Constructive Relationship - GUIDE

Publication | 2016

The present Guide draws together recommendations to improve the relationship between supervisors and external auditors illustrated by good practices from 35 supervisory authorities across Europe and Central Asia (ECA). It has been developed as a supplement to the 2015 World Bank Centre for Financial Reporting Reform (CFRR) report on Banking Supervisors and External Auditors: Building a Constructive Relationship.

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Practical guide for PAOs on continuing professional development for accountants

Publication | 2016

Professional accountants recognize that achieving and maintaining the highest levels of professional competence help them win business and retain clients. Professional Accountancy Organizations (PAOs) have an important role to play in encouraging, facilitating and monitoring life-long learning. With the support of participating PAOs involved in the EU-REPARIS Audit Training of Trainers program, the World Bank Centre for Financial Reporting Reform has produced a short practical guide on Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

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Smaller Audits: Challenges and Insights

Publication | 2016

Smaller audits are considered “a specialty”, with their own unique set of challenges for practitioners to address when engaging with smaller clients. This publication highlights some of those challenges and provides related insights that might be useful for practitioners, Small and Medium Sized Practices (SMPs) and Professional Accounting Organizations (PAOs) as they support their members.

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