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Supporting companies in applying the European Sustainability Reporting Standards

The European Commission is hosting a half-day event entitled ‘Supporting companies in applying the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS)’ on 16 May 2024.  

The event will bring together experts and practitioners from Member State representations, business and trade associations, companies, consultancies, auditors and other stakeholders. Its goal is to showcase ongoing initiatives and discuss ideas for further mechanisms to support companies that apply the new reporting standards. 

The ESRS started to apply to the first companies in scope of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) as of financial year 2024. Effective and well-targeted support initiatives can help to reduce costs and burden for companies. Such initiatives can be developed at European, national and even regional and local levels. In addition to helping companies under the scope of the CSRD, support initiatives might also benefit SMEs who are not facing legal reporting requirements but who nevertheless face an increase in demand for sustainability information as a result of the so-called “trickle-down effect”.    

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16 MAY 2024
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The European Commission invites interested companies and stakeholders to register for this hybrid event, which can be attended in person on a first-come-first-served basis, or by connecting virtually.

Register for the event

  • financial services | corporate social responsibility
  • Thursday 16 May 2024, 09:00 - 13:00 (CEST)
  • Brussels, Belgium


  1. 16 May 2024, 08:15 - 09:00 (CEST)
    Registration and coffee
  2. 09:00 - 09:20 (CEST)
    Welcome and opening remarks from the European Commission
  3. 09:20 - 10:00 (CEST)
    Session 1: what do companies need?
    • Panel discussion with business representatives
    • Q&A
  4. 10:00 - 10:45 (CEST)
    Session 2: EU solutions
    • EFRAG
    • Q&A
  5. 10:45 - 11:00 (CEST)
    Coffee break
  6. 11:00 - 12:00 (CEST)
    Session 3: national solutions
    • Panel discussion with national stakeholders
    • Q&A
  7. 12:00 - 12:50 (CEST)
    Session 4: where do we go from here?
    • Panel discussion
    • Q&A
  8. 12:50 - 13:00 (CEST)
    Closing remarks

Practical information

Thursday 16 May 2024, 09:00 - 13:00 (CEST)
Charlemagne Building (DG TRADE), Lord Jenkins room
Rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels, Belgium