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27. Capital and reserves

27.2 Treasury shares

27.2 Treasury shares

The Group acquired, through UCB SA 1 200 000 treasury shares (2019: 1 085 000 through UCB SA and UCB Fipar SA) for a total amount of € 106 million (2019: € 77 million) and transferred 1 570 764 treasury shares (2019: 759 546) for a total amount of € 85 million (2019: € 36 million). Net transfer of 370 764 treasury shares for a net amount of € 21 million.

During 2020, the Group did not acquire or dispose of any treasury shares as part of share swap transactions (2019: 0 acquired and 0 disposed). At 31 December 2020, the Group retained 5 480 222 treasury shares of which none related to share swap deals (2019: 5 922 638). These treasury shares have been acquired in order to honor the exercise of stock options and share awards granted to the Executive Committee members and certain categories of employees.

In the current year, no call options on UCB shares have been acquired (2019: 0) nor have any call options been exercised (2019: 0). At December 31, 2020, the Group did not hold any options on UCB shares (December 31, 2019: 0).