“The EP ENVI position 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 the bilateral meeting with 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.
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
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“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.
BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia and Director General Markus J. Beyrer congratulated Antonio Tajani on his election as President of the European Parliament. European companies strongly believe in the European Union, they want to invest in Europe and generate more growth and jobs. To do so they need a competitive business environment. The European Parliament plays a crucial role in setting the conditions for this framework. Therefore, BusinessEurope and its 40 member federations and companies count on strong cooperation with the newly elected President, the political groups, committees and individual MEPs.
The Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI) that includes BusinessEurope and key industrial sectors has sent a strong message to the European Parliament in support of the free-trade agreement between the EU and Canada, CETA: “The European manufacturing industry, represented by the ACEI, calls on you to endorse this highly ambitious and forward-looking trade agreement at your February 2017 plenary session”. The letter points out that CETA will strengthen the trade and investment relations between two of the world’s most advanced economies and like-minded partners, for the benefit of growth and jobs.
Lift national restrictions, unleash the data-driven economy
Today’s communication of the European Commission “Building a European Data Economy” concerns Europe’s success in data-driven digital transformation. It concerns data localisation, access to data, ownership of data and liability. It should support businesses to be free to move data within Europe to benefit from the digital single market. EU member states and stakeholders will now discuss the justifications for and proportionality of data localisation measures. If the right conditions are set for Europe’s data economy to flourish it could be worth 3% of EU GDP by 2020. Read the press release