General Meeting of Shareholders
The General Meeting of Shareholders is the highest decision-making body of Fortum. Every shareholder has the right to attend the General Meeting and exercise his/her power of decision in matters belonging to the General Meeting by law. Each share entitles to one vote. A shareholder who is present at the General Meeting of Shareholders also has the right to request information with respect to the matters to be considered at the meeting.
Decisions at the General Meetings of Shareholders are primarily made by a simple majority of votes. Examples of such decisions are the following: resolutions on the adoption of the financial statements, payment of dividends, discharging from liability of the members of the Board of Directors and the President and CEO, appointment of the Board of Directors and the external auditors and decision on their remuneration.
In accordance with the Articles of Association and the Companies Act, a notice to convene the General Meeting of Shareholders is issued by the Board of Directors. The notice is delivered no more than three months and no less than three weeks before the General Meeting of Shareholders by publishing the notice in two newspapers chosen by the Board of Directors. However, the notice shall be delivered at least nine days before the record date of the General Meeting of Shareholders.
The Annual General Meeting of Shareholders is to be held once a year, at the latest in June. An Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders shall be held whenever the Board of Directors finds it necessary or when it is required by law to convene such a meeting.