It carries out oversight functions required by Italian law as well as the functions attributed to the Audit Committee by US legislation.
The Secretary of the Board of Statutory Auditors is Francesco Esposito, Head of Eni Accounting and Financial Statement Department.
As with the Board of Directors and in accordance with applicable regulations, the By-laws establish that the Statutory Auditors shall be elected on the basis of slates in which the candidates are listed in numerical order; two standing Statutory Auditors and one Alternate Statutory Auditor are appointed from among the candidates of the slates submitted by non-controlling shareholders. Pursuant to Art. 28.2 of the By-laws, in accordance with the provisions of the Consolidated Law on Financial Intermediation, the Shareholders’ Meeting appoints the Chairman of the Board of Statutory Auditors from among the candidates elected from the slates other than that which received a majority of votes.
Under the provisions of the By-laws, the submission, filing and publication of slates are governed by the procedures established for the Board of Directors and the provisions of Consob regulations.
Eni By-Laws provide that, in accordance with current legislation on gender balance, two standing auditors belong to the less-represented gender.
Slates are divided into two sections: the first containing candidates for appointment as standing Statutory Auditors and the second containing candidates for appointment as Alternate Statutory Auditors. At least the first candidate in each section must be entered in the register of auditors and have carried out statutory audit activities for no less than three years.
The slates are accompanied by:
i) information identifying the shareholder or shareholders who have submitted the slate, indicating the overall percentage shareholding.
ii) statements from shareholders other than those who hold a controlling or plurality equity interest certifying that they are not related to the latter.
iii) a personal and professional curriculum vitae.
iv) statements from each candidate certifying that they meet the requirements established under applicable regulations.
v) statements from each candidate accepting the candidacy.
vi) a list of positions held in other companies.
Slates that, considering both sections together, contain three or more candidates shall include, in the manner indicated in the notice calling the meeting in the section for standing Statutory Auditors, candidates of both genders, in order to comply with the applicable gender-balance legislation. If the section for Alternate Statutory Auditors on these slates contains two candidates, they must be of different genders.
The provisions of the By-Laws directed to ensure compliance with applicable gender-balance legislation shall apply to the first election after 1 January 2020, for the number of consecutive terms of the Board of Statutory Auditors as provided for by the law.
The slates shall be filed at the Company's registered office, including remotely in the manner indicated in the notice calling the meeting, by the twenty-fifty day before the date of the Shareholders' Meeting convened to appoint the members of the Board of Statutory Auditors and made available to the public at the Company's registered office, on the Company's website and in any other manner provided by the law and by Consob with its own rules at least twenty-one days before the same date.
The slate voting procedure only applies for the election of the entire Board of Statutory Auditors.
In the event of the replacement of a Statutory Auditor elected from the slate that received a majority of votes, the Alternate Statutory Auditor from the same slate shall be appointed; in the event of the replacement of a Statutory Auditor elected from another slate, the Alternate Statutory Auditor from that slate shall be appointed. The new Statutory Auditors remain in office until the next Shareholder’s Meeting which must appoint the standing auditor and the substitute members necessary for the integration of the Board of Statutory Auditors. The new Standing Auditors cease the assignment along with those in office.
Under the provisions of the Consolidated Law on Financial Intermediation, the Statutory Auditors must satisfy the independence, professional and integrity requirements established by regulation of the Minister of Justice, in agreement with the Minister of the Economy and Finance. In addition, the new Corporate Governance Code 2020 which Eni adopted from December 23, 2020, applicable from January 1, 2021, also recommends that all members of the Board of Statutory Auditor possess the independence requirements envisaged for Directors (Recommendation 9 of the new Code). Compliance with those criteria is verified by the Board of Statutory Auditors itself.
The By-laws specify that the professional requirements may be fulfilled by having at least three years of:
The Board of Statutory Auditors, in its role as “Internal Control and Financial Auditing Committee”, shall also evaluate its satisfaction of the professional requirements imposed by the new provisions of Art. 19 of Legislative Decree no. 39/2010, as amended by Legislative Decree no. 135/2016 providing that “the members of the internal control and financial auditing committee, as a body, are competent in the sector in which the company being audited operates”.
In its meeting of March 22, 2005, Eni’s Board of Directors, electing the exemption provided for under SEC Rule 10A-3 for foreign private issuers of securities listed in the United States, designated the Board of Statutory Auditors as the body that, as from 1 June 2005, performs, to the extent permitted under Italian regulations, the functions attributed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and SEC rules to the audit committees of US registrants.
At least one member of the Board of Statutory Auditors has an adequate understanding of the functions of the audit committee and experience in the analysis and application of accounting standards, the preparation and auditing of financial statements and internal control processes (Financial Expert).
Pursuant to applicable regulations with reference to the plurality of offices, persons may not hold office in a control body of an issuer if they hold the same office in five other listed companies. As long as they hold office in the control body of just one issuer, persons may hold other management and control positions in Italian companies, within the limits specified in the Consob regulations.
The Statutory Auditors are required to report the offices they hold or have relinquished, in the manner and within the time limits established in the applicable regulations, to Consob, which shall then publish the information, making it available on its website.
The Board of Statutory Auditors verifies, after the appointment and periodically, the compliance with independence, integrity and professionalism requirements of each member, set forth in the applicable regulations. The Board of Directors shall make its own verifications.
At its meeting on May 11, 2023 upon appointment, the Board of Statutory Auditors verified the compliance with independence (also based upon the criteria set out in the Corporate Governance Code for Directors) integrity and professional requirements of each member set forth in the applicable regulations, also assessing, for the body as a whole, the satisfaction of the requirements imposed by the provisions of Art. 19 of Legislative Decree No. 39/2010 providing that “the members of the internal control and financial auditing committee, as a body, are competent in the sector in which the company being audited operates” and verified compliance with the requirements for members of the Board of Statutory Auditors in their capacity as “Audit Committee financial experts”, for the purpose of US law.
At its meeting on May 11, 2023 the Board of Directors made its own verification.
Under the law provisions, the Board of Statutory Auditors meets at least every ninety days and as frequently as necessary to perform its duties. The Board of Statutory Auditors shall regularly consist of the majority of Statutory Auditors that are present and it shall act by the absolute majority of the auditors that are present.
The By-laws provide that the Board of Statutory may also meet via videoconferencing or teleconferencing systems, standing that all the participants could be identified and let the discussion followed and to participate in real time at the dealing of matters inside.
In addition to the supervisory and control functions provided, the Statutory Auditors have to participate to the Shareholders’ Meetings and to the meetings of the Board of Directors. Besides, the Corporate Governance Code recommends that the Chairman of Statutory Auditors or other auditor designated by it participates to the Control and Risk Committee; the members of the Board of Statutory Auditors may in any case attend the meetings of the other internal Board Committees even regardless of their designation by the Chairman of the Board Statutory Auditors.
Under the above mentioned corporate procedure governing transactions involving the interests of the Directors and Statutory auditors and transactions with related parties and in compliance with the Recommendation 37 of the Corporate Governance Code, the Statutory Auditors must inform the other Statutory Auditors and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of any personal or third-party interests they hold in relation to any given transaction of the Company clarifying nature, terms, origin and extent of their interests.
Besides, the Statutory Auditors Board has been identified by the Board of Directors as the body that performs, to the extent permitted under Italian regulations, the functions attributed by the Sarbanes Oxley Act and SEC to the Audit Committee of USA issuer; Board of Statutory Auditors’ functions as Audit Committee, that integrate those stated by Italian law for Statutory Auditors Board, are disciplined by a specific Rules, downloadable on the company's website.