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  Good news for employee share ownership in Europe

As all barometers, this one announces the future. The positive trend of our barometer since 2013 announced the resumption of growth in the number of employee shareholders in European companies. This one is actually happening. Very good news for all Europeans !

All recent policy developments in Europe pave the way towards higher incentives for employee ownership, which confirms the positive trend observed since 2013.

In addition to the two existing employee share schemes in Austria, a third scheme will be introduced on 1.1.2018 providing exemption of tax and social contribution up to 4.500 € annually. In France, the employers' social contribution on restricted share units will be reduced in 2018. New legislation in 2018 also in Ireland, in The Netherlands, in Sweden. In addition, Poland is preparing  promising legislation.
Twenty European countries now have incentive policies for the development of employee share ownership. This number had never been higher before. More information

Press review
We have a selection of 29 remarkable articles in 9 countries in November 2017: France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain, UK, USA.
France: New employee share plans for Essilor, for Cap Gemini. Amundi launches an automated advising service for employee savings. Average holding length = 13 years for French employee shareholders. Alpine Aluminium is now a workers' co-operative.
Germany: The point about employee share ownership in Germany. Prominent German companies and organizations launched the "Berlin Appeal for more Employee Share Ownership". Hans-Böckler-Stiftung calls for higher democratisation of employee share ownership in German companies.
India: Stock options are one of the favorite methods of attracting and motivating talent in startups.
Ireland: New share options scheme for startups: Dead on arrival?
Italy: Lettera di richiamo alla Commissione europea.
Poland: On the road to legislation for employee share ownership in Poland.
Spain: International price for employee ownership in Austrian Voestalpine Group.
UK: Employees need bigger share in European startups. New companies turning to the Employee Ownership Trust scheme.
USA: What changes when employees take over a company? New companies switching to ESOPs.

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EFES' objective is to act as the umbrella organization of employee owners, companies and all persons, trade unions, experts, researchers, institutions looking to promote employee share ownership and participation in Europe.

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