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Study on the current situation and prospects of mutual societies in Europe

Study on the current situation and prospects of mutual societies in Europe
Published on: 11/03/2013 Last update: 12/10/2015
Deadline: 14/06/2013
In some EU countries mutual societies are not allowed to operate or conduct certain activities, and have limited possibilities to form horizontal cross-border groups. The European Commission conducted a study on mutual societies that recommends how to remove the obstacles that mutual societies are facing.

The aim of the public consultation was to gather input on:

  • possible promotion of this type of enterprise 
  • the need and possible advantages of a proposal for a Regulation establishing the legal statute for a European Mutual Society

The Commission received 305 responses.

Results:

Report on the comments on the open consultation for the promotion of mutual societies in the EU - 2013 (108 kB)

Next steps:

The Commission is looking into the possibility of proposing:

  • a Regulation containing the rules on the creation of a European Mutual by enterprises from different EU countries
  • a Directive laying down rules for employee involvement in the decision making process of their company, along the lines of the model used for the statutes for a European Company and a European Cooperative Society.