- Only effective trade defence instruments will restore level playing field -
Today, the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament has voted to better protect the European Union against dumped and subsidised imports from countries not members of the EU. BusinessEurope supports today’s INTA Committee vote. Markus Beyrer Director General of BusinessEurope said: "Today's vote is a good signal because European business needs effective trade defence instruments that are workable for the industry and that restore a level playing field. The vote paves the way for trilogue discussions with the Council and the Commission.” Read more
“Our organisations should work together to enhance companies’ role in very promising areas where the EU and Latin America could and should intensify cooperation by promoting inclusive and sustainable growth”, said Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, at the 28th Meeting of the Presidents of the Ibero-American Employers Organisations (CEIB-OIE) on 19 June in Madrid. José Luis Káiser Moreiras, Director General for International Trade and Investment of the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, and Roque Benavides, President of the National Confederation of Private Business of Peru (CONFIEP) also participated in the panel. BusinessEurope believes that the framework for business cooperation should be expanded to ensure that companies are well aware and taking full advantage of existing opportunities in the two regions. Read more
Opening the event, Markus J. Beyrer said: “This shows our joint commitment to regulatory dialogue and regulatory cooperation that is so important in the EU-Japan trade and investment relations. Japan and the EU have a lot to share and to learn from each other. This meeting enables an open exchange and understanding of each other’s positions. Hopefully this will have a positive impact on the current negotiations of a free-trade agreement between the EU and Japan”. The automotive, chemicals, digital and railway sectors participated in the meeting. Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director-General of DG Grow, and Kazuo Kodama, Ambassador of the Mission of Japan to the European Union, represented the European Commission and the Japanese government respectively. The Japanese delegation was headed by Akira Shimizu, Chairman of Planning & Coordinating Sub-Committee, Committee on Europe of Japan Business Federation Keidanren. At the end of the meeting, BusinessEurope and Keidanren issued a joint release. Photos
“Member states have to engage effectively with businesses, each other and the EU institutions to make sure that circular economy is not just a Brussels discussion. In this context, it is vital that we understand the challenges that member states and their businesses face”, BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said at an event on circular economy on 7 June. BusinessEurope has launched the European Circular Economy Industry Platform to highlight these challenges and what SMEs, industry and other businesses are doing already. “Raising awareness and inclusiveness is key in making sure Europe as a whole shifts to a circular economy and grasps its huge socio-economic potential”, Beyrer added. Other keynote speakers were Irmfried Schwimann, Deputy Director-General at DG GROW, European Commission; Kęstutis Sadauskas, Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG Environment; and Alexandre Affre, Director of Industrial Affairs at BusinessEurope. Photos
“EU industry and business strongly support the objective and architecture of Horizon 2020. For its next period, the EU framework programme must build on its achievements, in particular the three-pillar structure covering the whole research and innovation eco-system”, Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope, stressed at a bilateral meeting with European Commissioner Carlos Moedas on 2 June. “Companies are committed to investing in innovative projects with a clear European added value”, she added. For this to happen, keeping financial support to all-sized companies in the succeeding programme will be of utmost importance. BusinessEurope recently published a number of key recommendations for the design of the next EU research and innovation framework programme.
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“Despite current political challenges, which we cannot overlook, the EU and Russia remain partners and should find ways to cooperate on issues of common interest”, Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, stated in the context of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on 2 June 2017. Talking during the high-level panel “Europe in the crossroads: risks and opportunities”, Beyrer gave a positive perspective highlighting successes like long-term peace and the single market, that had a tremendously positive impact on EU citizens in the past decades. He also pointed to challenges that still lie ahead of us. To be able to cope with them, he underlined the importance of a renewed industrial policy, an effective trade policy and a strong foreign policy, particularly with countries in our neighbourhood.
At this year's EU-China Business Summit 2017 in Brussels, leaders have expressed their strong common interests, namely to improve mutually beneficial trade relations. But the summit was also an opportunity to exchange clear words. BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia stressed that rules are an important tool against market distortions. She warned that Chinese production overcapacity caused an impact on European business. China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang underlined that investment by European countries in China would continue to increase substantially despite slower growth in China, while European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Our joint leadership provides businesses, investors and researchers – in Europe, China and around the world – with the certainty they need to build a global low-carbon economy." But he also warned: "Roughly half of EU companies say that it actually got harder last year. One in two say they feel less welcome than when they entered the Chinese market. And more than half say that foreign companies are treated unfairly compared to their Chinese competitors." Photos
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- EU should stay committed to implementing Paris Agreement -
Today US President Donald Trump has announced to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The deal brokered in Paris in 2015 was seen as a landmark for coordinated global climate efforts. BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer commented: “We regret President Trump’s decision that marks a severe setback for the global efforts to protect our climate. Loosening the commitment from the US, a major economy that alone counts for 14% of global emissions raises severe questions on the world's capacity to avoid climate change. Despite the US decision, moving backwards on climate protection is not an alternative. The EU should stay fully committed to implementing the Paris Agreement.