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05/02/2018
 

WILLINGNESS OF EU MEMBER STATES CRUCIAL FOR ENDING DOUBLE TAXATION OF INVESTMENT INCOME WITHIN THE EU


Guillaume Prache, Managing Director of BETTER FINANCE, was invited to address the European Commission’s (EC) ‘Public Hearing on a simpler Withholding Tax procedure for Europe’. The EC just released a Code of Conduct on withholding tax aimed at improving the refund and/or relief at source of current withholding taxes (WHT) charged by Member States within the European Union. At the hearing all participants, public and private, agreed that the success factor to transform this Code of Conduct into reality is the willingness of Member States to implement this non-binding document.

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BETTER FINANCE
 
 
 
 
 
02/02/2018
 

BETTER FINANCE WELCOMES EC ROADMAP TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY BUT ONCE AGAIN DEPLORES FAILURE TO TAKE THE INTERESTS OF EU CITIZENS AS PENSION SAVERS AND INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS INTO ACCOUNT


Whereas BETTER FINANCE welcomes the report of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance as a step in the right direction to promote a cleaner and fairer economy, it is also disappointed in the fact that the report essentially fails to address information and governance issues for sustainable finance products.

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BETTER FINANCE
 
 
 
 
 
12/01/2018
 

Equity financing of the EU economy: how to get EU citizens as investors back into capital markets?


On 22 November, BETTER FINANCE, the European Investment Bank and the Federation of European Securities Exchanges teamed up for the International Conference on the ‘Equity Financing of the EU Economy’. A full room was addressed by prominent speakers representing the European Parliament and Commission, Permanent Representations to the EU, European Supervisory Authorities and consumer and trade associations.

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BETTER FINANCE
 
 
 
 
 
30/10/2017
 

Equity Financing of the EU Economy - How to get EU citizens as investors back into Capital Markets


On 22 November, BETTER FINANCE, the European Investment Bank and the Federation of European Securities Exchanges teamed up for the International Conference on the ‘Equity Financing of the EU Economy’. A full room was addressed by prominent speakers representing the European Parliament and Commission, Permanent Representations to the EU, European Supervisory Authorities and consumer and trade associations.

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BETTER FINANCE
 
 
 
 
 
30/10/2017
 

ESMA study finds that charges eradicate returns - it’s even worse


30 October 2017 – BETTER FINANCE thanks ESMA for its study on the impact of fees and inflation on fund performance. The ESMA study is yet another confirmation of the independent research published every year by BETTER FINANCE on the real return of long-term and pension savings. BETTER FINANCE is also happy that ESMA is endorsing key elements of the BETTER FINANCE return computation methodology: returns after inflation (EU citizens are subject to the "monetary illusion" and long-term nominal returns aren’t too meaningful and even misleading), and after entry to exit fees as well as ongoing ones.

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BETTER FINANCE
 
 
 
 
 
26/10/2017
 

EU citizens as end-investors become observers at the board of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group


EFRAG, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group, was established in 2001 with the aim of advising the European Commission (EC) on the suitability of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as set by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). EFRAG's mission is to ensure that European views on the matter are taken into account in the IASB standard setting process and whether newly issued or revised IFRS meet the criteria for endorsement for use in the EU.

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