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Feasibility Study on a European Foundation Statute: Final Report

by Ekkehard Reimer; Helmut K. Anheier; Klaus J. Hopt; Thomas von Hippel; Tobias Vahlpahl; Volker Then; Werner Ebke

Feb 12, 2009

This feasibility study covers seven major objectives. It offers an overview of the main types of foundations in EU Member States; presents estimates of the economic scale of the European foundation sector, also in comparison with the United States; examines the main regulatory differences in the legal treatment of foundations across the EU; estimates cross-border activities as well as barriers and their economic relevance; analyses the importance and cost implications of these barriers; explores possible modalities of eliminating existing barriers; and assesses further possible effects of a European Foundation Statute.