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European Conference on employee ownership policies

The European Conference on European policies for employee share ownership was held in Brussels on May 19, 2016.
The Conference supports the project of a European Action Plan to raise awareness about the benefits of employee ownership and participation in Europe.
The Final Report of the Conference and all materials are now available for download here

Barometer of employee share ownership policies in European countries

The mass development of employee share ownership brings better motivation, productivity, profitability, higher growth, more and better jobs. This is good for all. But it depends on policy will to initiate the virtuous circle through appropriate fiscal incentives.
After 2008, some European countries took negative decisions, removing or decreasing fiscal incentives, which led to a decline of the number of employee shareholders. Some other European countries took the opposite way, applying new or higher incentives, which led to a higher number of employee shareholders.
All these policy decisions in various European countries, in a positive or a negative way, can be summarized through a single dedicated tool.

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This is the reason of the setting up of the EFES "Barometer of employee share ownership policies in European countries".
Before 2009, the barometer showed a continuous increase, practically all policy decisions being positive. A negative phase occurred from 2009 to 2013. Since then, most policy decisions are positive again.

Press review
We have a selection of 32 remarkable articles in 12 countries in May 2016: Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary, Ireland, India, Italy, Namibia, Philippines, Pakistan, UK, USA.
Canada: Beau’s Brewery is celebrating its tenth birthday by selling the company to its employees starting next month.
Denmark: Denmark introduces tax relief on employee share allocations and stock options, similarly to the previous employee incentive scheme that was abolished in 2011.
France: The benefits of employee share ownership. Workers' coops in France.
Hungary: Magyar Telekom launches employee share ownership programme.
Ireland: Ireland consults on taxation of employee share schemes.
India: Employee stock options in startups.
Italy: Intesa, UniCredit, Telecom Italia, Prysmian are the few Italian companies having a culture of  employee share plans.
Namibia: Standard Bank employees to own 10 percent of the bank.
Philippines: Employee ownership can be accomplished in a variety of ways.
Pakistan: Guidelines for structuring and offering employee stock option schemes in 2016.
UK: Failing employee-owned companies.
USA: A set of new ESOP companies. Why NCEO founder Corey Rosen urges you to consider selling your business to an ESOP.

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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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