Financial statements and profit appropriation
In accordance with the provisions of Section 2:101(3) of the Dutch Civil Code, we submit the financial statements drawn up by the Executive Board to the General Meeting of Shareholders for adoption. Taking into account the unqualified auditor’s report of Ernst & Young Accountants LLP, which is included in this annual report, we recommend that the shareholders adopt the financial statements. In view of the positive operational result after tax and non-controlling interests, and in accordance with Article 44 of the Articles of Association, the Supervisory Board approves the Executive Board’s decision to pay out a dividend. The dividend proposal is contained in section 5.3.1.