Today at the Tripartite Social Summit in Brussels, BusinessEurope's President Emma Marcegaglia stressed that the EU needs to become more attractive for investment and to maintain a fair and ambitious trade agenda opening new markets and creating sustainable growth and new business opportunities for enterprises of all sizes. As regards the social dimension of Europe, she added that the key challenge is to set in motion a partnership for reforms for improved employment outcomes and stated that “the European Union should act where there is a shared understanding of its added value, respecting subsidiarity and social partner autonomy.” Speech - Photos (Photo copyright: European Union)
On the eve of the Tripartite Social Summit, President Emma Marcegaglia and Director General Markus J. Beyrer met the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. They conveyed BusinessEurope’s message in view of the European Council meeting on 19-20 October 2017. Today there is a window of opportunity offered by an improved economic situation and by a strong sense of unity behind the European project, which we should use effectively. For BusinessEurope, this means continuing to make the reforms that are necessary to modernise our economies and societies, strengthening the EMU, delivering a structured way forward on industrial policy, being at the forefront on trade policy and fighting against protectionism and shaping Europe’s social dimension in a way that supports economic development and employment creation in all Member States. ©: European Union
How to ensure that Europe as an inventor of ground-breaking new technologies will also commercially benefit from its own innovative technologies? How to adapt the EU’s research policy in this respect? To discuss these questions with BusinessEurope's Executive Committee, Director General Markus J. Beyrer welcomed Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the WTO, former EU Trade Commissioner and current chairman of the High-Level Group on maximising the impact of EU Research & Innovation Programmes. Discussing the key findings of the report “Investing in European future” recently presented by an expert group under Lamy’s guidance, Beyrer said: “We invent ground-breaking new technologies in Europe, but we should also commercially exploit them here, instead of waiting for the USA and China to do so. We should also be less risk-averse and make EU regulation innovation-proof.” Read more - Read our views on the report
BusinessEurope organised a trade seminar gathering international experts to discuss current challenging trade issues and topics on 9 October at its headquarters in Brussels. “Trade will be enhanced through the engagement in a continued dialogue with international partners, in which we can learn from each other’s practices”, said Luisa Santos, Director of International relations at BusinessEurope. The event was an opportunity for the participants to share their experience on anti-dumping and safeguard legislations, rules of origin and customs procedures. The United States administration’s views on international trade were also part of the discussion as a new policy is gradually taking shape and following up on announcements made during the electoral campaign. Photos
“The digital economy is a good example of a field where close cooperation between the EU and the US holds high potential for growth, jobs and innovation”, said BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer at a lunch event jointly organised with IBM on 10 October on the occasion of IBM’s Chair Ginni Rometty visit to Brussels. Beyrer highlighted that to counter the general scepticism towards trade and globalisation as well as the protectionist tendencies still on the rise, the EU and the US must further discuss the perspectives of their future cooperation. The rationale for a deep transatlantic economic relation remains strong. Developing common approaches on matters of common interest, including towards major trading partners like China, should also be further explored.
"Our society faces multiple complex and immediate challenges that impact a citizen’s quality of life: from climate change and mobility to urbanisation and an ageing population. Research and innovation by industry play a decisive role in anticipating and responding to these challenges", Markus J. Beyrer said at the Industrial Innovation Information Days in Brussels on 3-4 October 2017. Commenting on the EU policy landscape, he added: "Beyond Horizon 2020, a successful programme, the EU should speed up implementation of the innovation principle to make regulation fit-for-innovation".
BusinessEurope and Noerr LLP have released a study on legal issues of digitalisation in Europe. As Europe’s leaders meet at the Digital Summit in Tallinn this Friday, we believe that it is a timely update. It reveals daily digitalisation problems of industry in Europe from the grass roots level. This includes key findings on the approach needed to create conditions for Europe to lead in the global data economy. The value of the European data economy has the ability to increase to 739 billion EUR or some 4% of EU GDP by 2020 if the correct policies are set. BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: “Our study on legal issues of digitalisation in Europe is a clear message to Europe’s leaders meeting today in Tallinn. Businesses want to see an end to national measures that restrict the free flow of non-personal data in Europe.” Watch our video on the topic or read the study
“I am convinced that it is possible to reconcile multilateral, rules-based globalisation, bilateral cooperation, and patriotism, without giving in to nationalism and protectionism”, said BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer in the opening gala of the European Forum for New Ideas (EFNI). The forum is taking place from 27-29 September in Sopot, Poland and is organized already in the 7th year in a row by our Polish member Lewiatan in cooperation with BusinessEurope. Under the theme “Globalism, bilateralism, economic patriotism? Challenges for business”, the event gathers business leaders, politicians and academia to debate the future of economic growth and employment in Europe. During the opening, DG Beyrer further highlighted that being successful in reconciling globalism, bilateralism and patriotism requires a clear strategy. “And our strategy must be jointly defined within the European Union because together we are stronger than when we act in a fragmented manner”, he concluded.