Evidence given on 21 November (5.30 – 6.30 p.m.) by Mr Jean-Pierre Paelinck, Eurosharholders on Managed Investments to the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) of the European Parliament Report on Asset Management, Mr. Wolf KLINZ INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: The recommendations of Euroshareholders are fully in line with the idea of maintaining and enhancing the confidence in the market, also of facilitating cross-border trading. This confidence has to be maintained also through the activities of Competent Authorities whose mission is to monitor the market and to protect the investors. NOTIFICATION AND FUND REGISTRATION: To facilitate cross border commercialization of unit trusts the UCITS III directives should enable notification to take place in an efficient and speedy way in order to inform clearly and properly competent authorities. The aim is to favour the integrity of the European capital markets and requires an active participation of competent authorities as well as a close cooperation between them. On the basis of the valuable preparatory work done by CESR Euroshareholders expects this cooperation to happen in a modern and efficient way, without unnecessary costs and avoidable delay. Thus, we are aware of the fact that Competent Authorities have to be informed properly and that translations are expected to be reliable and clearly verified. It is also difficult to underestimate the importance of providing Competent Authorities with sufficient time allowing them to go through the documents before they will be asked questions by investors of their jurisdiction. Euroshareholders is fully in favor of European Commission’s attitude towards easy cross-border commercialization of unit trusts but we would like to prevent possible misuse or so called “transfers” of “single passport” attributions to related financial instruments that the investors might consider to be “part of the single passport” attribution, especially when the related unit trusts are of a different nature. Thanks to the highly appreciated cooperation between EU Competent Authorities we expect the notification process to happen swiftly, easily and effectively. Efficient fund registration and effective communication techniques will decrease notification costs, increase reliability and should reduce the burden of costs that finally have to be paid by investors in unit trusts. LIQUIDITY AND ADMISSION TO LISTING: It is of substantial importance for Euroshareholders that investment funds and companies invest in liquid financial instruments. Being listed is an essential factor of liquidity and favours transparency. Our view is that a financial instrument is not necessarily liquid as from the moment that it is listed, even if this financial instrument was listed on the main listing of a stock exchange in the EU Some workable and reasonable mathematical formula could serve as a benchmark for having sufficient liquidity. We think of a relative/comparable degree of listing in relation to the turnover data on a given market. Also in this respect Euroshareholders presents the view that any unnecessary bureaucracy and costs must be avoided. ELIGIBILITY: The directives indicate which financial instruments are eligible. It is of main importance to maintain transparency to make sure that a fund management is respecting its guidelines, that contents of the fund are known to the public. Transparency on the kinds of financial instruments that are the part of the unit trusts should be provided without unnecessary and too frequent publications that would lead to unnecessary bureaucracy and costs. CONCLUSION: Euroshareholders trusts that a swift implementation and the integration of EU enforcement of the UCITS III directives would have a positive influence on financial markets. On the basis of the directives we believe that thanks to the very effective work done by CESR many definitions have been clarified and that the detailed work made by the Commission also will avoid to have later too frequent misinterpretation that eventually might lead to court cases. Euroshareholders praises the competent authorities for their valuable work on implementation and interpretation of terms and principles since this work will facilitate harmonization and cross border securities business but Euroshareholders would also like to emphasize that highly technical and detailed analysis and work should not shade the main objectives of the unit holders which are: performance, transparency (regarding contents and – visible and invisible – costs). We trust that the implementation and acceptance of the UCITS III directives thanks to the careful work done by CESR and the European Commission, will indeed lead to more effective control and increased confidence in the unit trusts market. Euroshareholders wishes this to happen without too burdensome publications whenever they are avoidable and without hurting the essential principles of transparency.