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Europe is facing major challenges. But only politics and the economy together will be able to solve them. The title of Deutsches Aktieninstitut’s newly published European paper reads „Europe can deliver!“. It focuses on the Capital Markets Union, European competitiveness and a sustainable economy.

„Companies as well as government institutions use capital markets to finance their investments. Capital markets thus represent the financial basis for economic growth and employment. A far-sighted capital market policy serves the society and the economy equally well, because it will have a decisive influence on the prosperity from which Europe's citizens will benefit,“ outlines Dr. Christine Bortenlänger, Executive Member of the Board of Deutsches Aktieninstitut.

About three weeks before the European elections, Deutsches Aktieninstitut explains in its European paper how the issues of Capital Market Union, competitiveness and the path to a sustainable economy must be further developed in the next legislative period. With a view to the Capital Market Union, Deutsches Aktieninstitut calls for improved market access and simpler listing-rules , a streamlined corporate reporting and a rejection of the Financial Transaction Tax.

In order to ensure sustainable economic development in the European Union, it is essential to involve businesses more closely in the sustainability debate. Particularly with regard to regulation in the area of sustainable finance, commercial enterprises are clearly underrepresented in the existing committees and expert groups. No small-scale and bureaucratic, but flexible and open guidelines creating the right framework by enabling companies to find creative and innovative answers to pressing environmental questions are needed.

It is also necessary to improve the competitiveness of the European economy. This implies that investments in the EU can be made in a legally secure manner and that no sensitive company data putting companies at a competitive disadvantage must be disclosed.

„The business community and politics must work hand in hand in Europe and must not be played off against each other, as it is sometimes the case in electoral campaigns," reminds Bortenlänger. "A joint effort is needed to tackle the challenges of our time. We are committed to ensuring that all actors cooperate. Because one thing is clear: Only a business-friendly Europe will create attractive living conditions for all European citizens and thus also approval of the European Union.“

 

You can find the European Paper here.

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