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EC Seeks To Modernise European Investment Fund Market

by Ulrika Lomas, for LawAndTax-News.com, Brussels

17 November 2006


The European Commission on Thursday outlined its vision for the modernisation of the EU framework for investment funds.

The improvements, which were put forward in a White Paper, will simplify the current Directive on investment funds in order to ensure that investors receive useful cost and performance disclosures when selecting funds, and to make it easier for the industry to achieve cost savings and specialisation benefits across the single market.

Following further studies on cost-effectiveness and investor protection, the Commission plans to propose these changes in autumn 2007, in the form of amendments to the current Directive.

Meanwhile the Commission will also look at whether there is a need to make similar changes for other fund products, especially real estate funds, that are not covered by the current EU framework.

Internal Market and Services Commissioner Charlie McCreevy explained that:

"The growth of the European investment fund industry has been spectacular. But it still has massive untapped potential. These changes will unlock this potential by creating a barrier-free market for investment funds in the EU - meaning more choice and lower costs for investors."


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