Vienna, April 3 &4, 2019 Last week ÖVFA hosted in Vienna the April meetings of the Executive Management Committee (EMC) and the Training and Qualification Committee (TQC) on two consecutive days, 3rd and 4th of April. We would like to express our gratitude to ÖVFA Chairman Mr. Mostboeck & Mr. Bunk, ÖVFA Secretary General and ÖVFA team for the excellent premises and organisation of the meetings, as well as for the joint dinner hosted for both committees.
The EFFAS Board, in addition to the strategic topics, analysed the applications received to the EMC and to the Arbitration Board that will be submitted to the AGM next June, as well as the draft programme of the EFFAS Summer School to be held in Paris next 3, 4 and 5 July with the support of SFAF and the sponsorship of Amundi. Special attention was given to the challenges for continuous training and professional development for professionals in Europe and our active contribution as users representatives in the European Commission, the EFRAG and the AISB through their working groups and commissions. Last but not least, the EMC welcomes Mr. Ralf Frank, Secretary General of DVFA, who co-opted the DVFA to sit on the EMC. We are sure Frank´s knowledge of the market trends and long experience in the Federation will enrich the discussions at the EFFAS EMC.
During the TQC meeting, the details of the 2019 renewed version of the CESGA ® Programme were shared among the representatives as well as details regarding the new Junior Financial Modeller & Financial Modelling Expert, EFFAS’s new accredited designations. All of them will be available as of April 2019 to all EFFAS members. The Certified Environmental Social Governance Analyst programme has experienced major growth in the last few years.We are confident that with the joint efforts of the National Member Societies & the EFFAS Office it will be extended globally to even more territories in order to provide investment professionals a solid structured training to incorporate Sustainable investment in their portfolios and decisions. The efforts to continuous renew our programmes has also shaped the Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA), which starting in 2020 will integrate ESG into its syllabus. Further development of new programmes matching the professional challenges of our members are in current discussion among the TQC and remain a priority task on the agenda.