Annually within six months after the end of the financial year, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held. The agenda for this meeting generally includes the following standard items:
In addition, certain specific topics may be added to the agenda by the Supervisory Board.
Proposals to the agenda of General Meetings can be made by persons who are entitled to attend General Meetings, solely or jointly representing shares amounting to at least 1% of the issued share capital, or with a market value of at least EUR50 million. Proposals of persons who are entitled to attend the shareholders meetings will only be included in the agenda if such proposals are made in writing to the Management Board not later than sixty days before that meeting.
With reference to the articles of association, all shareholders are entitled, either personally or by proxy authorized in writing, to attend the General Meeting, to address the General Meeting and to vote. The articles of association do not provide for any limitation of the transferability of the ordinary shares and the voting rights of shareholders are not subject to any limitation.
At the General Meeting, each ordinary share with a nominal value of EUR0.25 each shall confer the right to cast one (1) vote. Each protective preference share with a nominal value of EUR0.25 each shall confer the right to cast one (1) vote, when issued. None of the protective preference shares have been issued to date. Unless otherwise required by law or the articles of association of the Company, all resolutions shall be adopted by an absolute majority of votes. The General Meeting may adopt a resolution to amend the articles of association of the Company by an absolute majority of votes cast, but solely upon the proposal of the Management Board, subject to the approval of the Supervisory Board. The articles of association are reviewed on a regular basis and were last amended in April 2022.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 website on the day following the 2022 .was held virtually and shareholders could cast their votes prior to and real-time in the meeting. 131,568,021 ordinary shares participated in the voting, equal to 72.82% (2021: 71.7%) of the then total outstanding share capital of 180,671,305 ordinary shares. All proposed resolutions were adopted. The outcome of the voting of the meeting was posted on the Company’s