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European Conference
European Parliament - Brussels
6 February 2019 - 9:00 -12:00

Employee Share Ownership - The European Policy

"Employee share ownership for all" - this is the goal of the European Policy for 30 years. Today we are 10 million employee shareholders in Europe. However we would be six times more to be comparable with the USA. A European Action Plan was requested by the European Council in 2000, announced by the Commission in 2002, prepared by a Pilot Project in 2014 , the need was reaffirmed through the European Parliament's Resolution of 23 November 2018. It has now to be put in place.

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Call from European startups

European tech startups are asking politicians to reform employee stock ownership rules to help them better compete with Silicon Valley peers in hiring.

Europe could be the world’s most entrepreneurial continent. But policies that currently govern employee ownership across Europe are often archaic and highly ineffective.

“Some are so punishing that they put our startups at a major disadvantage"...

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Press review
We have a selection of 26 remarkable articles in 8 countries in November 2018: France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA.
France: Employees will hold 30% of Siaci Group. Employees are the second largest shareholder of Gymglish. New employee share plans for Cap Gemini, for Worldline, for Atos. 63% of French startups have employee share ownership plans. 66% of employees of all French workers cooperatives hold shares of the company they work for.
Germany: Call for renewed incentive legislation to promote employee share ownership in Germany. A recent study by the Deutsches Aktieninstitut shows that employee share plans can lead to significant yield advantages for employees and society.
Ireland: Fears Irish employee share ownership sector could be hit post-Brexit. Talking about how employee ownership is a business model that must be supported and championed for tomorrow's Irish economy.
Italy: Strong employee shareholders association for Banca San Marino.
Spain: Katealegaia is one of the few large "sociedades laborales" in Spain.
Switzerland: Call for employee share ownership in startups.
UK: John Lewis Partnership will look for a new boss. Wallace & Gromit will turn to employee ownership. European tech startups asking politicians to reform employee stock ownership rules. At $49 billion company Essilor, employees are the largest shareholders.
USA: ESOP companies outperform similar conventional firms on just about every meaningful economic standard, including those relating to salary, benefits and job security. Why leading American investment fund KKR promotes employee share ownership at its portfolio companies.

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Marc Mathieu
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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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