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EU company law "upgraded" package: making the best of digital solutions and cross-border mobility

On 25 April, the European Commission unveiled its long-awaited company law package  aiming to modernise the legislative framework for European businesses. The rules are intended to make it easier for companies to merge, divide or move within the European Union, as well as to prevent social dumping, tax evasion and other forms of abuse. It contains two main elements: a mobility chapter relating to cross-border operations, with a number of provisions on cross-border divisions and transfers in a directive, and a targeted revision of the directive on cross-border mergers. The second element is a draft directive aiming to facilitate the use of digital tools to register companies in order to make up the EU’s lost ground in this area. The Commission’s proposals seek to ensure the effective exercise of the freedom of establishment within the internal market, while protecting the rights of tax authorities, employees, creditors and minority shareholders against abuse of legal personality. Striking the right balance between the freedom of establishment and the protection of stakeholders will  thus be key.

BusinessEurope, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and UEAPME are organising a lively discussion on how to make the best of digital solutions and cross-border mobility, with the support of  EY, kicking off with presentation of the Company Law Package by Commissioner Jourovà.

Venue: BusinessEurope offices
Avenue de Cortenbergh, 168
1000 Brussels

Draft agenda

9.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Welcome by Markus Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope
10.10 Keynote speech, Věra Jourová Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
10.20 Keynote speech, Jytte Guteland, MEP, S&D JURI Committee

Panel discussion, moderated by Jason Piper, head of Business law, ACCA

  • Salla Saastamoinen, Director, Civil and  Commercial Justice, European Commission
  • Pierre-Henri Conac, Professor of Commercial and Company Law at the University of Luxembourg
  • Veronique Willems, Secretary General,  UEAPME
  • Joëlle Simon, MEDEF & Vice-Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee, BusinessEurope
  • Daniela Mattheus, Executive Director at EY and head of Corporate Governance Board Services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  • ETUC (exact speaker still to be confirmed)
11.50 Q&As
12.10 Concluding remarks, Peter Martschini, incoming Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU
12.25 Conclusion: Pedro Oliveira, Director of Legal, BusinessEurope
12.30 Networking Lunch



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Last updated: 7 June 2018