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Eumedion supports the European Commission's CSR policy

The European Commission plays a key role in supporting and promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR). In addition to formulating a CSR policy, the Commission has recently developed regulations that promote transparency about the impact of the company's activities on the environment and society. It is of great importance that a level playing field is guaranteed. This is the essence of Eumedion’s response to a consultation on the current and future CSR policy of the European Commission.

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Eumedion evaluation 2014 voting season: number of votes cast record high

Shareholder participation in the decision-making process at AGMs of Dutch listed companies was record high this year. While the average AGM attendance at blue chip ('AEX') companies was approximately 63% in 2013, the average attendance at the AGMs increased to almost 70% this year. The average turn-out at the AGMs more than doubled between 2004 and 2014. Shareholders are showing their involvement with the company’s affairs. This is one of the findings of Eumedion's evaluation report of the 2014 voting season.

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"Dutch public equity market loses its public function"

The public equity market is gradually losing its function as a growth engine for Dutch companies  Over the past eleven years, the number of Dutch companies, listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange, has fallen from 160 to just under 100. Targeted measures are necessary for attracting new listed companies, according to a recently published position paper by Eumedion.

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Bring them on!; Public support from investors mounts for bringing leases on-balance

A disclosure only solution for leases is comparable with ordering lasagne, and instead of getting lasagne, you are supposed to be happy with the individual ingredients being served… thanks, but no thanks. Martijn Bos, Eumedion's policy advisor audit & reporting, on the ongoing discussion on lease accounting. read more


Dutch Change of Control Gain Capping Rule Ineffective

More than three years after its submission, the Dutch Senate is still in debate about the so-called Claw Back Bill. This Bill is partly inspired by an excessive acquisition bonus, received by Jan Bennink in 2007. The same Jan Bennink recently demonstrated at D.E Master Blenders 1753 that the purpose of "his Bill" could easily be circumvented. The part of the Bill to prevent excessive acquisition bonuses has thus become pure symbolic politics. According to Eumedion Managing Director Rients Abma it would be better to delete that part or strongly to tighten it (in such a way as the proposed Swiss rules under which all payments related to a successful takeover, merger or acquisition to executives will be prohibited). Ineffective legislation will only lead to more social unrest. read more


Eurosif Annual Event 2014

On 9 October 2014, Eurosif will hold its annual event in Brussels.  Eumedion's policy advisor on corporate governance, Wouter Kuijpers, will participate in a panel discussion on the EC proposal for a Shareholder Engagement Directive. Click here more information on the Eurosif event.