Since 2012, BETTER FINANCE is the successor organisation to Euroshareholders, created in 1992 in Brussels to federate the associations of small shareholders throughout Europe.

The protection of the interests of individual shareholders are at the core of the mission of BETTER FINANCE. Individual shareownership of the European economy is very important to ensure an effective and long term financing of the real economy, as well as to improve the corporate governance of listed companies in Europe.Indeed, individual shareholders are mostly by nature long term investors and end-investors: they do bear the risks and rewards of share ownership contrary to “agency” ownership. They can also be “engaged” shareholders provided the exercise and enforcement of their rights are really there.

Unfortunately, financial EU policies have not been favorable overall to the development of individual share ownership in the EU despite the enactment of the EU Shareholders Rights Directive in 2007. As a result, the number of individual shareholders and their share of the EU listed EU companies capital has been going down during the last decades, to the benefit of “agency” ownership: investors who do not bear the risks and rewards of share ownership like investment funds. These agency owners have mostly a much shorter time horizon as demonstrated by their portfolio turnover rates, and charge fees to the beneficial owners.

BETTER FINANCE advocates for a stronger protection of individual shareholders rights.

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BETTER FINANCE appoints Jella Benner-Heinacher as its new President

From 15 June to 17 June, BETTER FINANCE, the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services Users, and its Member ...

Survey: Shareholders’ experience of voting at AGMs across the EU (Shareholders’ Meetings)

It's all about retail shareholder democracy in Europe! Did you try to vote (or did you successfully vote) at Shareholders ...

F2iC Press Release | If the shareholder is truly the owner of the company, then his vote should be binding.

On 14 April F2iC - one of BETTER FINANCE's French member organisations - issued a press release arguing that the ...

Compensation for Wirecard Investors

Dutch foundation to enable assertion of claims against EY Deutschland and EY Global – at no cost and risk-free. Amsterdam ...

VZMD Rejects Continued and Damaging Regulatory Pressures on its Association and ‘Share SUPPORT’ programme

This new statement follows on an earlier case where VZMD, the Pan-Slovenian Shareholders Association, opposed pressure on its 'Share SUPPORT' ...
Hellas 2022 | A New Era of Investor Protection, Sustainability & Pension Reform | Athens, Greece
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Hellas 2022 | A New Era of Investor Protection, Sustainability & Pension Reform | Athens, Greece

REGISTER HERE TO JOIN THE LIVE-STREAM CONFERENCE BETTER FINANCE, the European Federation of Investors and Financial Services User, and Helinas, the ...

Pan-Slovenian Shareholders Association opposes pressure against minority shareholders and its “Share SUPPORT” program

BETTER FINANCE Member VZMD makes Objections Public in OPEN LETTER to the CEO of the Slovenian Securities Market Agency (ATVP), ...

Barriers to Shareholder Engagement 2.0 | SRD II Implementation Study

The general meeting is the cornerstone of shareholder democracy. It is not only where voting on major company decisions takes ...

Shareholder Rights Directive II fails to deliver for European cross-border shareholders

To ensure sustainable development and a brighter future, shareholder engagement must be given a chance! Despite the entry into force ...
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