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ForPlay Project Financing in the EU Forplay Inc is about to become a reality on the European market Our company will base its distribution on strategic alliances with local mail order companies while starting a global ad campaign targeted to an audience age 18 to 45 While we dont expect too many difficulties in converting and repatriating our funds the financial aspects of this operation will still have to face the upcoming European monetary integration The new currency -- the euro - could significantly impact the way international business is conducted In January 1996 Andersen Consulting surveyed 169 companies throughout the European Union finding that nearly three quarters felt that deeper integration in the form of European monetary union EMU would enhance the single market and bring further benefits -- such as a more stable currency lower inflation lower interest rates cost savings efficiency improvements a more competitive European Union EU and increased foreign investment There are benefits for companies outside the EU too Business with Europe will be easier and investment choices simplified through increased visibility and comparability of prices Medium- and small-sized companies like Forplay Inc will have less trouble opening a bridgehead into an enlarged unified market with fewer financial risks However there are also many uncertainties For example which countries will join Member states must meet criteria for economic convergence and it is not certain how strictly these criteria will be enforced Sluggish economic performance is giving finance ministers little room to maneuver In some countries notably the United Kingdom a significant portion of the political establishment is hostile to the whole process while in other countries notably Germany there is a reluctance to relinquish a strong national currency Adjustments for the new currency must be made between the start of 1999 and the start of 2002 As a business we must begin planning now to minimize the cost of changing our information systems and
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