Regulation 2014/537 - Specific requirements regarding statutory audit of public-interest entities

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This regulation has been published on May 27, 2014 and entered into force on June 16, 2014.


Key information

official title

Regulation (EU) No 537/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on specific requirements regarding statutory audit of public-interest entities and repealing Commission Decision 2005/909/EC Text with EEA relevance
Legal instrument Regulation
Number legal act Regulation 2014/537
Original proposal COM(2011)779 EN
CELEX number i 32014R0537


Key dates

Document 16-04-2014
Publication in Official Journal 27-05-2014; OJ L 158 p. 77-112
Effect 16-06-2014; Entry into force Date pub. +20 See Art 44
17-06-2016; Application See Art 44
17-06-2017; Application Partial application See Art 44
Deadline 17-06-2028; Review
End of validity 31-12-9999


Legislative text



Official Journal of the European Union

L 158/77



of 16 April 2014

on specific requirements regarding statutory audit of public-interest entities and repealing Commission Decision 2005/909/EC

(Text with EEA relevance)


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 114 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national parliaments,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee (1),

Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure (2),




Statutory auditors and audit firms are entrusted by law to conduct statutory audits of public-interest entities with a view to enhancing the degree of confidence of the public in the annual and consolidated financial statements of such entities. The public-interest function of statutory audit means that a broad community of people and institutions rely on the quality of a statutory auditor's or an audit firm's work. Good audit quality contributes to the orderly functioning of markets by enhancing the integrity and efficiency of financial statements. Thus, statutory auditors fulfil a particularly important societal role.



Union legislation requires that the financial statements, comprising annual financial statements or consolidated financial statements, of credit institutions, insurance undertakings, issuers of securities admitted to trading on a regulated market, payment institutions, undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS), electronic money institutions and alternative investment funds be audited by one or more persons entitled to carry out such audits in accordance with Union law, namely: Article 1(1) of Council Directive 86/635/EEC (3), Article 1(1) of Council Directive 91/674/EEC (4), Article 4(4) of Directive 2004/109/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (5), Article 15(2) of Directive 2007/64/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (6), Article 73 of Directive 2009/65/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (7), Article 3(1) of Directive 2009/110/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (8), and Article 22(3) of Directive 2011/61/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (9). Moreover, point (1) of Article 4(1) of Directive 2004/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (10) also requires that the annual financial statements of investment firms be audited when Directive 2013/34/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council (11) is not applicable.



The conditions for the approval of the persons responsible for carrying out the statutory audit as well as the minimum requirements for carrying out such statutory audit are laid down in Directive 2006/43/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (12).



On 13 October 2010 the Commission published a Green Paper entitled ‘Audit Policy: Lessons from the Crisis’, which launched a wide public consultation, in the general context of financial market regulatory reform, on the role and scope of audit and how the audit function could be enhanced in order to contribute to increased financial stability. That public consultation showed that the rules of Directive 2006/43/EC regarding the carrying out of the statutory audit of annual and consolidated financial statements of public-interest entities could be improved. The European Parliament issued an own-initiative report on the Green Paper on 13 September 2011. The European Economic and Social Committee also adopted a report on that Green Paper on 16 June 2011.



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