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.

An event by the Financial Forum Brussels: "Gender in Finance: Why Diversity Matters"
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An event by the Financial Forum Brussels: “Gender in Finance: Why Diversity Matters”

On 17 June  Lina Strandvåg Nagell Administration & Finance Officer, and Aiste Vysniauskaite, Communications Assistant, will be attending the conference "Gender in Finance: ...
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ShareSoc Informer – Editorial by Mark Northway

The climate change lobby has been active for decades, and the supporting data has slowly become more significant and more ...

Trends: The power of the lobbies remains a major problem

A capital markets union, a banking union, strengthened financial supervision and making the European financial sector more sustainable... These are ...
Workshop 'Taking stock of Capital Markets Union reforms'
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Workshop ‘Taking stock of Capital Markets Union reforms’

On 7 June 2019 BETTER FINANCE's Managing Director Guillaume Prache,  Stefan Voicu, Research and Policy Officer, and Judith Hardt, Senior Advisor, will ...

BETTER FINANCE response to the EC Consultation on the Development of EU Ecolabel Criteria for Retail Financial Products

BETTER FINANCE welcomes the setting of mandatory criteria for the Ecolabel. The issue with any point system is that it ...
A New Deal for EU Individual Investors and Users of Financial Services - Announcement of Key Priorities 2019-2024 Survey Results
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A New Deal for EU Individual Investors and Users of Financial Services – Announcement of Key Priorities 2019-2024 Survey Results

The upcoming European elections in May 2019 will lead to a reconfiguration of the European Parliament and the European Commission ...

Employee share ownership: the single most powerful action to reach the CMU goals

The EU CMU project aims to rebalance the funding for the EU economy from banks to capital markets. The key ...
International Conference - “Conduct of Investment Rules in the EU and worldwide” - Beirut, Lebanon
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International Conference – “Conduct of Investment Rules in the EU and worldwide” – Beirut, Lebanon

On Friday 28 June, Boulos Law Office, BETTER FINANCE and the World Federation of Investors are holding a joint conference ...
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