Veolia welcomes the decision of the Caisse des Dépôts to abstain from any necessary deliberations and decisions of Veolia’s Board of Directors during the period of the proposed merger with Suez, which reflects the very high standard of governance of the Group.
The Caisse des Dépôts is in fact both an important shareholder of Veolia, and represented as such on its Board of Directors, and one of the candidate investors for the acquisition of the future New Suez that will result from the merger of the Suez and Veolia Groups.
Veolia thanks the Caisse des Dépôts for taking this temporary decision in accordance with the provisions of Veolia’s internal rules; it will take effect immediately in order to avoid any risk of a conflict of interest.
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