BETTER FINANCE welcomes this call for evidence from ESMA on retail investor protection topics but regrets that it is confined to securities markets (MiFID II) topics only as these financial instruments make up for only a third of the financial balance sheets of EU27 households and in fact the smallest share of the three largest

BETTER FINANCE is pleased to announce the affiliation of two new associate member organisations. The Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion (Pörssisäätiö), based in Helsinki, and Financial Inclusion Europe (FiInE), based in Brussels, are the latest organisations to join BETTER FINANCE’s ranks, bringing the total number of member organisations to 39, of which 29 are based

The Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing opened applications for its 2022-2023 fellowship program: Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing J. Robert Beyster Fellowship, Louis O. Kelso Fellowship & Other Fellowships The Rutgers Institute for the Study of

BETTER FINANCE Member, VZMD (The Pan-Slovenian Shareholders’ Association), disputes the decision of MERCATOR General meeting allowing for an (unnecessary) recapitalisation by swapping a part of the debt which is due to the bankrupt AGROKOR (transferred to the FORTENOVA GROUP) and is thus paving the way to squeeze out the remaining 1284 minority shareholders. Last week,

On 29 September the BETTER FINANCE Scientific Council convened to discuss next year’s research programme and elect a chairperson. The extensive research work carried out by the BETTER FINANCE Team over the last year was also praised by the Council. The Scientific Council consists of highly skilled and experienced independent academics who help BETTER FINANCE

BETTER FINANCE, the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users, joins its Slovenian Member, the Pan-Slovenian Shareholders’ Association (VZMD), in welcoming the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that the wipe-out of shares and bonds (the “bail-in”) held by shareholders and junior bondholders of the leading Slovenian banks in 2013-2014,

AEMEC, one of the Spanish member organisations of BETTER FINANCE, expresses concerns about the negative impact on individual shareholders of Spanish electricity companies of new tax measures targetting those companies currently being considered by the Spanish authorities. Please read the full press release in Spanish here. The English version can be found here.

Thanks to the stellar lineup of international and Slovenian speakers and panelists, you were numerous in attending the joint BETTER FINANCE and VZMD International Investors’ Conference in Bled, Slovenia on 13 September. Thank you for your enthusiastic participation! You were also joined by over 350 participants who followed the conference online, with live streaming on

Dear Members and Friends, We were very saddened to learn of the death of Roger Ganser, the former Chair of the World Federation of Investors (WFI), on 16 July 2021. BETTER FINANCE and WFI maintain a very close relationship since many years. Both international investor organisations also share many members and frequently hold joint events.