UK institutions responsible for the reform of corporate law can very well make their own great plans, but in reality the focus and initiative has to be shifted towards Brussels. This essay will discuss the effects of this shift on English company law. For a better understanding, one must first look at the evolution of UK Company Law, then at the European Union’s reforms, the interconnection between the two, and finally at the current and future possible impact of the shift on British company law.

In the current increasingly competitive automotive industry and in an insecure economic climate in Europe, the case of Germany stands as an example for growth in a country’s export activities. German reputation for well-made automotive component parts and the attention paid to details persisted in the last decades.

In the early 2000’s, due to the enlargement of the European Union (EU) with a significant number of new members, an institutional reform was necessary in order to avoid a paralysed decision-making system. The system set up in 1950 for a Community which comprised six Member States was no longer operating efficiently within a Union of 15 and, subsequently, 25 Member States.

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