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23/05/2017

BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer was, together with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Spanish Minister of Economy Luis de Guindos Jurado, among the keynote speakers of the European Business Summit closing plenary. “What happens outside Europe will be increasingly important, 90% of global economic growth in the next 10-15 years is expected to be generated outside Europe,” said Beyrer. “Protectionism is not the solution. We need a barrier free single market and rules based international open trade, with reciprocal market access,” he added. Photos

22/05/2017

“Compared to last year, today a more positive mood is emerging”, BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia said at the opening plenary session of the European Business Summit in Brussels. “We clearly have a lot to do to preserve our ‘European way of life’, but we are more confident in our ability to cope”, she added. “And I see two main reasons for it. One is a more resilient economy, with both business confidence and economic indicators pointing to an improvement. The second is the political situation in Europe and a growing support for the EU among citizens.” Fixing the damage caused by years of blame game will take time. “We must start immediately”, Emma concluded, “there is no time to waste.” Photos

22/05/2017

The 12th edition of the European Business Summit started today in Egmont Palace, Brussels around the theme “What’s next for Europe?”. The 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the future of the European Union. How can we make companies more competitive? How to stop and reverse the decline of manufacturing in Europe? How to catch up with countries leading the digital revolution? Nationalism and protectionism are real threats casting long shadows on the European project, so what can be the new, pro-European narrative making this project attractive and exciting again for Europe’s citizens? These and other topics will be thoroughly discussed along the two-day event – where BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia and Director General Markus J. Beyrer are among the keynote speakers. Photos

17/05/2017

“BusinessEurope follows these negotiations very closely; we believe there is a lot of potential for both sides in an ambitious and comprehensive free-trade agreement”, Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, said at an EU-Japan breakfast meeting on 17 May. For European business, this means an ambitious chapter on market access, a good agreement on non-tariff barriers, adequate protection of geographical indications, a far-reaching chapter on public procurement, and including a strong mechanism of regulatory cooperation. Improved access to services and investment is also crucial. Yoichi Suzuki, the chief trade negotiator for Japan, subsequently highlighted that the EU is an ideal partner for Japan and has an ideal model of trade liberalisation and concern for consumer safety. “The current uncertainties in the global trading system”, Mr Beyrer concluded, “imply that our agreement will also help reinforce the message that we stand for open and rule-based trade”. The breakfast discussion was co-hosted by BusinessEurope and the Japan Business Council in Europe (JBCE). Photos

17/05/2017

On 12 May, Director General Markus J. Beyrer spoke at a two-day conference on a “Digital Strategy for Greece – Path to Growth” organised by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) in Athens. His panel discussed the critical steps and prerequisites for a successful Digital Strategy Transformation Roadmap in Greece and the role of the Digital Single Market. DG Beyrer particularly stressed the importance for national strategies to be tailored to suit local needs, cooperate and learn from other national strategies and at the same time to understand the global potential and relevance of the actions taken at a European level. Photos - Video of the discussion - Interview

10/05/2017

Today the European Commission launched the mid-term review of the digital single market (DSM) strategy. BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: “We support the mid-term review as an opportunity to focus on the fundamental objectives of the strategy and create a competitive digital single market that benefits citizens and businesses globally. This review can bring a breakthrough and make the digital single market a reality.” Europe also needs to adopt an innovation-friendly approach to empower the digitalisation process and allow companies to compete globally, foster the creation of new business models and ensure a level playing field, with legal certainty and stability.

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03/05/2017

The Germany B20 Summit that took place in Berlin on 2 and 3 May was the culmination of almost a year’s efforts of the business community to prepare recommendations on a broad global agenda, including on Digitalisation, Energy, Climate & Resource Efficiency, Employment & Education and SMEs. Emma Marcegaglia, BusinessEurope’s President, was the Chair of the Trade and Investment Taskforce and delivered the policy paper “Creating Benefits for All Driving Inclusive Growth through Trade and Investment” to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a dedicated leaders session. In particular, the B20 Trade and Investment policy paper calls for (1) strengthening an open and inclusive trading system, (2) making use of digital trade potential and (3) fostering investment facilitation. Commenting on the policy paper, Emma Marcegaglia stated: “Today we passed a strong message against protectionism, in favour of more sustainable and inclusive trade policies. We believe that our recommendations will contribute to this goal. The key is now in the hands of the G20 to deliver.” The B20 Trade and Investment policy paper may be found here.

02/05/2017

Today the European Commission presented a “Compliance Package”, containing proposals to improve the functioning of SOLVIT, to set up a Single Digital Gateway and to put in place a Single Market Information Tool (SMIT). BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: “We support the initiative for a Single Digital Gateway proposed in today’s Compliance Package. The portal should offer companies all the information and assistance they need to operate throughout the EU Single Market. If well-designed, this tool can really help companies to do business abroad, especially SMEs and start-ups.”

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25/04/2017

The European Commission will tomorrow adopt a package of social policy proposals regrouped under the so-called EU Pillar of Social Rights. Improving economic and social cohesion is key and BusinessEurope shares the aim of increasing employment and creating more quality jobs across Europe. However, the approach proposed by the Commission will not allow to reach this goal.  Commenting on this, BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia said: "People want more jobs and more prosperity, not ill-conceived legislation undermining job creation. The parental leave agreement as revised in 2010 imposes far reaching obligations on employers. Going beyond will undermine competitiveness and the issue of social security allowances or other financial compensation mechanisms is of national competence. Many Member States simply cannot afford to grant sickness pay levels to people taking parental leave. We are now in a paradoxical situation. This EU Commission, who wanted to revive the social dialogue, will actually gravely endanger the key tool allowing for autonomous negotiations between the social partners at EU level." Read more

24/04/2017

Today, BusinessEurope launched a new competition package for companies. It is composed of the guide “Making sense of competition law compliance” and the blueprint “Alternative dispute resolution for antitrust damages”. The guide is designed for companies, especially SMEs, and aims to avoid competition breaches in the first place. It can be described as a “first-aid kit” providing elementary guidance to businesses on competition law compliance; its main objective is to encourage basic actions to improve compliance. The blueprint aims to provide, whenever possible, a way to address antitrust damages cases without going to court. The availability of a non-judicial route is particularly important for businesses as well as consumers.

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23/05/2017
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Europe in a New World – Strategy to Thrive
22/05/2017
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A new narrative for Europe
22/05/2017
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European Business Summit kicked off today
17/05/2017
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EU-Japan FTA negotiations moving forward
17/05/2017
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Markus J. Beyrer at Digital Conference in Athens
10/05/2017
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Digital single market: strategy review could bring breakthrough
03/05/2017
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B20 delivers strong recommendations in the area of trade and investment
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Compliance Package: Positive move, but serious concerns about SMIT
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