A European Private Company. Is Europe’s single legal form for SMEs close to approval?

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Publication Date July 2010
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This Research Briefing, issued in July 2010, concluded that:

- Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe have long called for a matching legal form valid across the EU (similar to that of the European company (SE) for large firms)

- The main benefits would be the availability of uniform Europe-wide company structures, significant cost reductions for businesses and further integration of the internal market

- Given the differing national views regarding the concrete features of the new legal form there is currently no sign of an agreement being reached at the European level in the short term; however, it is possible that progress will be made in negotiations during the year

- The key issues being discussed in depth are company formation, transnationality and employee participation rights in the new European private company (SPE).

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