European finance and economy ministers (ECOFIN) have asked the European Commission to put forward legislative proposals to increase legal certainty and efficiency of securities holdings and improve protection of shareholders’ rights. The ECOFIN Council sees these reforms as a key issue and have asked for the Commission to treat the proposals for EU legislation as a matter of urgency.
The consultation is looking for input on four broad issues:
- Purchases and sales of securities held in securities accounts;
- Exercise of investors’ rights through a “chain” of intermediaries, in particular in cross-border situations;
- EU-wide free choice of central securities depositories for issuers; and
- Securities safe-keeping and administration supervisory regime.