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EU Legislation

The right to propose new European legislation or changes to existing legislation lies with the European Commission. EU action in the area of company law, however, does not always take the form of legally binding measures such as Directives or Regulations. It can also be non-binding measures such as Recommendations or Opinions.

EU Company Law Directives and other Official Acts


Green Paper on the Interconnection of Registries.

Proposed European Private Company Statute  

Measures awaiting implementation

Directive amending the third and sixth company law directives


Second Company Law Directive:Formation of public limited liability company and maintenance of capital    

Company Mergers and Divisions - Simplification of the 3rd and 6th Company Law Directives  

Fourth and Seventh Company Law Directives:Company Reporting   

The Companies (Cross-Border Mergers) Regulations 2007  

Audit Directive  

Shareholders’ Rights Directive Sign up for email alerts

Minister responsible

Jo Swinson is the minister responsible for this policy area.