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.

Asset News: BETTER FINANCE stands out against shareholder rights directive postponement

In a letter to European commissioners, BETTER FINANCE said that investors would have to wait another full general meeting period ...

Open Letter to the European Commission – EU Investors against any postponement of the implementation of the Shareholder Rights

The heads of European and Member State organisations representing individual shareholders across Europe sent an Open Letter to the European ...

F2iC: Etat et actionnaires, chacun doit rester dans son rôle et faire preuve de responsabilité

Depuis quelques jours, le gouvernement parle ouvertement de nationaliser éventuellement des entreprises afin d’assurer leur pérennité. La F2iC juge cette ...

POLITICO: EU to push green finance, rules-based trade at international talks

POLITICO reports that on 10 April EU finance ministers approved the "terms of reference" in which they pledge "to raise ...

Employee Share Ownership (ESO) in times of Pandemic

BETTER FINANCE supports the appeal from EFES, the European Federation of Employee Share Ownership, to all European governments & institutions ...

Open Letter: Need for Joint Statement on Keeping European Markets Open

[...] The undersigned associations are writing to emphasise the importance of keeping the European financial markets open during this extraordinary ...

BETTER FINANCE response to the European Commission’s Public consultation on an EU framework for markets in crypto-assets

Digitalisation and new technologies are significantly transforming the European financial system and the way it provides financial services to Europe’s ...
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