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Moves to harmonise the listing of companies across Europe by creating a common format for company prospectuses are the first stage in the development of a common EU-wide capital market, writes Oliver Schroder
In August the European Commission presented an amended proposal for a prospectus directive that takes into account the comments of the European Parliament and the European Council on the original directive proposal of May 2001. The proposal aims to make it easier for companies to raise new capital, particularly in an international context, and ensure better safeguarding of investors. It is also designed to guarantee better functioning of the EU financial markets as a whole and to create common rules for public offers of securities as well as their listing.
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