The European Commission has published a proposal (available hereand the press release here) for a directive amending Directive (EU) 2017/1132 regarding the use of digital tools and processes in company law. It aims to stimulate the growth potential of European companies by digitalising the process of setting-up and running a business. All member states will be required to ensure that company registrations and branch and company filings can be completed entirely online, without the applicant having to appear in person before any competent authority (except if fraud is suspected). Other proposals include allowing member states to refuse the appointment of a director of a company if they are currently disqualified from acting in another member state, and expansion of the set of company data that member states must make available online and free of charge.