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European Commission - Press release

Internal Market: Commission requests France and Luxembourg to cut administrative burden on SMEs

Brussels, 29 September 2011 - The European Commission has requested France and Luxembourg to reduce administrative burdens on small and medium sized companies by complying with their obligation to fully implement Directive 2009/49/EC of 18 June 2009 as regards certain disclosure requirements for medium-sized companies and the obligation to draw up consolidated accounts. The Directive, which was due to be implemented by Member States by 1 January 2011, relieves the reporting burden imposed on SMEs.

The Commission's request to France and Luxembourg takes the form of a reasoned opinion, the second step of EU infringement procedures. If France and Luxembourg do not notify measures to implement the Directive within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Union and could request the Court to impose financial penalties.

What is the aim of the SME reporting Directive?

Directive 2009/49/EC aims to relieve the reporting burden imposed on SMEs by providing an exemption from drawing up consolidated accounts and a consolidated annual report. When parent companies do not have material subsidiaries, they do not have to prepare twice virtually the same sets of accounts.

How are EU citizens and/or businesses suffering as a result?

Small and medium-sized companies are at the heart of European economic growth and extensive reporting rules can create a financial burden for them and hinder the efficient use of capital for productive purposes. The failure of France and Luxembourg to implement the Directive therefore puts their SMEs at a disadvantage.

More information

Accounting :

Latest information on infringement proceedings concerning all Member States:

For more information on infringement procedures, see MEMO/11/646

Contacts :

Chantal Hughes (+32 2 296 44 50)

Catherine Bunyan (+32 2 299 65 12)

Carmel Dunne (+32 2 299 88 94)

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