The 2019 Annual General Meeting re-elected the auditing firm Ernst & Young AB as auditor, for the period until the end of the next Annual General Meeting. Authorised Public Accountant Staffan Landén is the auditor-in-charge.
Staffan Landén has held this position since the 2015 Annual General Meeting and is also the auditor of, among others, Alfa Laval AB, Nederman Holding AB, Semcon AB and Polygon AB and is a stock exchange auditor appointed by Nasdaq Stockholm. The auditor has no assignments for companies that affect its independence as an auditor of Vattenfall.
The auditor’s audit assignment includes a review of the annual report, the consolidated accounts, the corporate governance report and the sustainability reporting.
The Swedish state’s ownership policy states that the owner is responsible for the election of auditors and that the auditors are to be appointed by the Annual General Meeting.
Swedish state's ownership policy
Proposals for election of auditors and for auditors’ fees are submitted by the Board and drafted by the company. The auditors are elected for a mandate period of one year, in accordance with the main rule in the Swedish Companies Act. Vattenfall’s Articles of Association stipulate that the company shall have one or two auditors with or without one or two deputy auditors, or a chartered auditing firm as auditor.
In accordance with the Act on Auditing of State Activities, etc., the Swedish National Audit Office may appoint one or more auditors to participate in the annual audit. No such auditor is currently appointed.
The Group's auditing costs are described in more detail in the Annual and sustainability report.