[author: Heidi Wardle]
On the March 27, the European Parliament issued a press release announcing that it has adopted its position at first reading on the proposed Regulation on European crowdfunding service providers (2018/0048 (COD)). The Parliament’s first reading position sets out its amendments to the European Commission’s legislative proposals, in this case MEPs extended the scope of the regulation by increasing the maximum threshold for each crowdfunding offer to €8,000,000 (from €1,000,000 as proposed by the European Commission) calculated over a period of 12 months.
The proposal aims to help crowdfunding services to function smoothly in the internal market and to foster cross-border business funding in the EU. It also intends to better protect investors, including by ensuring that crowdfunding service providers give clients clear information about financial risks and charges related to their investment and that investors are provided with a key investment information sheet drawn up by the project owner for each crowdfunding offer. The initiative forms part of the European Commission’s FinTech action plan. First Reading Position.