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JANUARY – JULY 2017
Katainen calls on Business and Citizens to take better and more active Ownership of Europe

During the 4th European Family Business Summit that took place in Amsterdam on the 30th of May, Vice-President of the European Commission, Jyrki Katainen, delivered a rousing speech about how ownership of the European project must be restored. 

EFB Summit in Amsterdam

The 4th European Family Business Summit took place in Amsterdam on the 30th  of May. Over 180 family business entrepreneurs from 18 European countries came together to address important business and political developments that are affecting family businesses in Europe.

Good Governance Crucial for Profitability

Two studies conducted by Russel Reynolds Associates present valuable insights on the topic: one sought to elaborate on the nature of the correlation between good governance and profitability in family owned businesses while the other analysed global and regional trends in corporate governance practices as well as what companies around the globe could expect the environment to look like in 2017.

EU Project on Family Business Statistics

In January, Statistics Finland, in conjunction with the Finnish Family Firms Association, officially released its findings on the importance of family businesses for the Finnish economy. Launched in 2015, the European Commission’s COSME Programme on ‘Statistics for Family Businesses’ is finally nearing completion.

EFB launches the 6th Family Business Barometer

Launched in 2014, the EFB Barometer seeks to bring insight into the confidence levels of family businesses, the challenges affecting their everyday operations and the solutions they seek to ensure their development and sustainable growth.