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A consistent finalization of the Capital Market Union, purposeful action for a sustainable economy and the strengthening of European companies in international competition: These key issues form the focus of today's published European paper entitled "Restarting Europe".

Kick-off in Brussels: Around three weeks before the new EU Commission takes office, Deutsches Aktieninstitut presents proposals for action to ensure that issues such as the Capital Market Union, sustainability and a stronger competitiveness of European companies are given greater consideration on the EU agenda.

"Europe's capital markets must be regulated more practically in order to provide European companies with urgently needed financing for innovation and growth. A far-sighted capital market policy is therefore of central importance for companies. However, many obstacles to access to capital markets were not or only incompletely removed in the last EU legislative period. We hope that the new Commission will show more determination in this area", underlines Dr. Christine Bortenlänger, Executive Member of the Board of Deutsches Aktieninstitut.

In its European paper, Deutsches Aktieninstitut calls for the creation of a more favourable financing environment on capital markets for companies. This includes a leaner corporate reporting. Initiatives that completely counteract the strengthening of the capital markets should also be urgently abandoned. This applies in particular to the introduction of a financial transaction tax. With a view to developing sustainable economic development in the EU, companies must also be more closely involved in the sustainability debate. Particularly when it comes to regulation in the area of sustainable finance, business companies have so far been underrepresented in committees and expert groups.

In addition, Deutsches Aktieninstitut believes that the new EU Commission has a duty to further strengthen the competitiveness of the European economy. Excessive red-tape and impractical regulatory requirements are preventing Europe's companies from finding creative and innovative answers to the challenges of our time.

"Politics and business in Europe depend on each other and must listen to each other," reminds Bortenlänger. "Ursula von der Leyen rightly pointed out in her speech that European politics can only achieve its goals with a strong economy. With the new EU Commission, I therefore share the hope that the challenges of our time will be tackled jointly and in a solution-oriented manner. The fact remains that only a business-friendly Europe will create attractive living conditions for all European citizens and thus also approval of the European Union".

The Paper "Restarting Europe" can be found here.