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20/02/2017

”Strong actions by EU’s main competitors to promote industrial policy objectives should be a wake-up call for Europe to rethink its own industrial strategy. We must do things better and look at competitiveness in all its dimensions”, told BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer ministers and state secretaries at the Competitiveness Council today. ”Although there are diverging views on industrial policy, the conclusion cannot be to do nothing. We need a common way forward". Full speech

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15/02/2017

"We welcome the European Parliament’s vote making this long awaited agreement a reality", Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General, commented after today's decision on ratification of the CETA deal between the European Union and Canada. The agreement, so far the most progressive one concluded by the EU, was approved by MEPs with 408 votes in favour, 254 against and 33 abstentions. "The vote cast today shows Europe is able to deliver to its citizens and ready to open up opportunities for them in these turbulent times", Mr Beyrer added during a meeting with François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's International Trade Minister. CETA will be an engine of economic prosperity for the EU and Canada and will also bring our people and cultures closer together. With protectionist trends growing stronger by the day, the EU has sent a clear signal that it is open to partners willing to share its values and vision about global trade. Together, the EU and Canada not only open their markets, but also pave the way for a reformed trade agenda, one that will harness globalisation to the benefit of society at large. Read our press release
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07/02/2017

“A strong and competitive industry is crucial to weather the challenges our union is facing. Therefore, we need coordinated action at the EU level and must materialise the signs of movement in the EU institutions now”, BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia said at the International Industry conference in Berlin on 7 February 2017. The conference was organised by the Alliance for the Future of Industry, which serves as a lighthouse for a structured dialogue on industrial competitiveness at the EU level. The new German Federal Economic Minister Brigitte Zypries and European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen also addressed the audience. Photo gallery
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06/02/2017

“China can demonstrate leadership when needed. We saw this during its G20 chairmanship, in China’s support for the Paris Climate Agreement, and in President Xi’s speech at Davos. Now we ask China to take charge of rebalancing its relationship with the EU, to reciprocate on market access and investment facilitation, and to play its part to uphold the multilateral trading system”, Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, said at a business seminar on China hosted at BusinessEurope. He welcomed Commissioner Malmström, who highlighted that Europe’s offer to China is one of open trade, but free and fair trade based on values and reciprocal market access. Jörg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, focused on China’s domestic economy and concluded that despite slowing growth, China still has the opportunity to undertake important reforms, but it needs to muster political will before the window of opportunity turns critical. Photo gallery

30/01/2017

“We need more investment in Europe to fight unemployment, the first cause of inequalities, and the single market is essential to attract investors. We need more European unity, more openness to trade, and we need to streamline industrial competitiveness in all European policies. EU leaders must work together to defend the collective interest of all Europeans” BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia said during a meeting with the Maltese Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat. On 30 January, just a few days before the informal meeting of EU heads of state or governments on the future of Europe in Valletta, she and Director General Markus J. Beyrer, together with the Malta Chamber of Commerce - MCCEI’s President Anton Borg and DG Kevin J. Borg, met Mr Muscat. The meeting focused on BusinessEurope’s contribution to the debate on the future of Europe as well as on the priorities for the Maltese presidency.  Read more

26/01/2017

Seven decades of peace and stability in Europe is a historic and exceptional achievement. The European project and the construction of the European Union, which created a union among the peoples of Europe and, step by step, tied together European states with a common purpose, made this possible. During these times of geopolitical instability, economic problems, rising populism and extremism, the European Union must be the place where we look for answers and not where we lay the blame for the difficult moments we live today. In BusinessEurope’s recommendations on the Future of Europe, the European business community puts forward concrete proposals on how to achieve a united Europe that delivers.

24/01/2017

“The position of the European Parliament ENVI Committee includes some progress, but also elements of great concern such as the proposed import inclusion mechanism” was part of comments Markus J. Beyrer made today during a bilateral meeting with European Commissioner Arias Cañete. This mechanism risks creating an artificial distortion between sectors. It would also be very difficult to implement in practice and risks triggering economic retaliation from trading partners. With a view to the plenary vote and forthcoming trilogue process, Beyrer called on the Commissioner to make sure the ETS (emission trading scheme) sets the right incentives to reduce industrial emissions, whilst safeguarding industry's competitiveness on the global scale.

23/01/2017

BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer took part in the conference ‘The European Pillar of Social Rights: Going forward together’ organised by the European Commission. Markus J. Beyrer’s key message was: “The persisting social problems in Europe are not due to a lack of social policy measures, but to a lack of global competitiveness. We still need to make half of the way to reduce unemployment to pre-crisis levels. Economic growth, creation of new wealth and expansion of employment are the best answers to citizens’ concerns about the future. We urgently need to progress in improving implementation of national labour market reforms in order to facilitate job creation. Tightening of labour and social security laws would have the opposite effect.” EU cross-industry private employers BusinessEurope and UEAPME, together with 11 EU sectoral employer organisations presented a joint statement “More competitiveness to sustain the social dimension of Europe” at the conference. Photos

18/01/2017

“We need more investment in Europe to fight unemployment, the first cause of inequalities. The single market is essential to attract investors. We need more European unity and we need more openness to trade. EU leaders must work together to defend the collective interest of all Europeans”, BusinessEurope President, Emma Marcegaglia, said during the panel discussion 'The European Disunion' at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, on 18 January 2017. She was joined by European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, Luca Visentini and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz.

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