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5. Statutory auditor’s report

Other legal and regulatory requirements

Other legal and regulatory requirements

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the preparation and the content of the director’s report on the consolidated accounts, the non-financial information and the other information included in the annual report.

Statutory auditor’s responsibilities

In the context of our engagement and in accordance with the Belgian standard which is complementary to the International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) as applicable in Belgium, our responsibility is to verify, in all material respects, the directors’ report on the consolidated accounts and the other information included in the annual report, and to report on these matters.

Aspects related to the directors’ report on the consolidated accounts and to the other information included in the annual report

In our opinion, after having performed specific procedures in relation to the directors’ report on the consolidated accounts, this report is consistent with the consolidated accounts for the year under audit, and is prepared in accordance with article 3:32 of the Companies’ and Associations’ Code.

In the context of our audit of the consolidated accounts, we are also responsible for considering, in particular based on the knowledge acquired resulting from the audit, whether the directors’ report on the consolidated accounts and the other information included in the annual report on the consolidated accounts is materially misstated or contains information which is inadequately disclosed or otherwise misleading. In light of the procedures we have performed, there are no material misstatements we have to report to you.

The non-financial information required by virtue of article 3:32, Section 2 of the Companies’ and Associations’ Code is included in the directors’ report on the consolidated accounts (UCB Group Integrated Annual Report 2020).
This non-financial information contains the information required by virtue of article 3:32, §2 of the Companies’ and Associations’ Code, and agrees with the consolidated accounts for the same year.
The Company has prepared the non-financial information, based on GRI standards. However, in accordance with article 3:80, Section 1, 5° of the Companies’ and Associations’ Code, we do not express an opinion as to whether the non-financial information has been prepared in accordance with the GRI standards as disclosed in the directors’ report on the consolidated accounts.

Statement related to independence

  • Our registered audit firm and our network did not provide services which are incompatible with the statutory audit of the consolidated accounts, and our registered audit firm remained independent of the Group in the course of our mandate.

  • The fees for additional services which are compatible with the statutory audit of the consolidated accounts referred to in article 3:65 of the Companies’ and Associations’ Code are correctly disclosed and itemized in the notes to the consolidated accounts.

Other statements

This report is consistent with the additional report to the audit committee referred to in article 11 of the Regulation (EU)
No 537/2014.

Sint-Stevens-Woluwe, 24 February 2021
The Statutory Auditor

PwC Reviseurs d’Entreprises SRL / PwC Bedrijfsrevisoren BV
Represented by
Romain Seffer, Registered Auditor