Date: 15th October 2012
Author: EuroFinuse, English print version at

The right to vote at a general meeting is a fundamental shareholder right. Individual shareholders should have the opportunity to exercise their voting rights and take responsibilities as owners of listed companies also across borders. Despite the adoption of the Shareholder Rights Directive and the best practice standards developed and endorsed by the industry, there are still many obstacles and barriers investors have to face which continue to make cross-border voting a challenge. A significant increase in cross-border voting by individual shareholders cannot be expected unless their factual discrimination resulting from the obstacles described in this report is abolished.