The Company’s highest decision-making power is held by the General Meeting, whose tasks and procedures are outlined in the Limited Liability Companies Act and the Articles of Association. The Annual General Meeting decides on such matters as the confirmation of the Company’s annual accounts, profit distribution, and discharging the Board of Directors and the President and CEO from liability. Furthermore, the Annual General Meeting decides on the number of members in the Board of Directors, the selection of the board members and the auditor, and their remuneration. In addition, the General Meeting can make decisions on questions such as amendments to the Articles of Association, share issues, granting warrants, and acquisition of the company’s own shares.
The Annual General Meeting is held by the end of May of each year on a date determined by the Board of Directors, either at the Company’s registered place of business or in the city of Tampere or Helsinki. An extraordinary general meeting is summoned whenever the Board considers this to be necessary or if an auditor or a group of shareholders with a holding of a total of at least one-tenth of all the shares in the Company requires it in writing in order to address a particular issue.
According to law, a shareholder has the right to have a matter falling within the competence of the General Meeting dealt with by the General Meeting, if the shareholder so demands in writing from the Board of Directors well in advance of the General Meeting, so that the matter can be mentioned in the notice to the meeting. The shareholder shall submit the request for having a matter to be dealt with by the General Meeting by the date indicated on the Company’s website.
The Articles of Association state that the notice of a General Meeting shall be published on the Company’s website. In addition, the Company publishes the notice of a General Meeting as a stock exchange release. The invitation lists the agenda of the meeting.
Shareholders are entitled to participate in the General Meeting if they are registered in the Company’s shareholders’ register, maintained by Euroclear Finland Oy, on the record date separately indicated by the Company. A holder of nominee registered shares can be temporarily registered in the shareholders’ register of the Company for purposes of participation in the General Meeting.
According to the Corporate Governance Code 2020, the Chairman of the Board, the Board members and the President and CEO must be present at the General Meeting, and the auditor must be present at the Annual General Meeting. Board member candidates must be present at the General Meeting deciding on their election.
Annual General Meeting 2021
The Annual General Meeting was held through exceptional procedures on March 30, 2021 in Helsinki, Finland in accordance with the temporary legislative act to limit the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic (677/2020), which entered into force on October 3, 2020. The General Meeting adopted the financial statements for 2020, discharged the members of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO from liability for the financial year 2020 and adopted the Company’s Renumeration Report for governing bodies.
The General Meeting also decided on the payment of dividend, the composition of the Board of Directors and their remuneration, the election of the auditor and its remuneration, authorized the Board of Directors to decide on the repurchase of the Company’s own shares as well as authorized the Board of Directors to decide on the issuance of shares and special rights entitling to shares.