Response to the European Commission's Action Plan on Company Law and Corporate Governance
24 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2014 Last revised: 4 Nov 2014
Date Written: October 2, 2014
The members of the former Reflection Group on the Future of EU Company Law, which published its report in April 2011, decided to publish their views on the “Action Plan on European Company Law and Corporate Governance” of the European Commission of 12 December 2012 as well as subsequent and related developments. We support the Action Plan and note that it has endorsed many proposals included in the report of the Reflection Group.
However, some proposals have not been included, although they might be considered at a later stage (loyalty shares, review of the role of independent directors, the Single Member Company), and we reiterate our support for them. On the issue of cross border transfer of seat, we regret that the Commission is not more ambitious. We also reiterate our support for substantive measures in areas related to cross-border operations of companies, including improving cross border shareholder identification. We also support strong monitoring of whether a company has complied with a corporate governance code or, if it has not, it has provided a good quality explanation therefor, rather than imposing substantive regulation. In general, in the areas where substantive regulation is necessary, we call on the Commission to move carefully.
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