Today, President Pierre Gattaz spoke at the EU Industry Days plenary debate "Green = growth, or how European companies can champion green transition". He welcomed the European Commission’s timely decision to update the European industrial strategy. It is a golden opportunity to not only accelerate the green and digital transformation, but also to rethink our economic, social, and industrial reality, especially considering the impact of Covid-19. Gattaz also stressed that we will only succeed making Europe the first climate-neutral continent with a strong and frank dialogue. The speed with which we will overcome the challenges and maximise the opportunities will be determined by our capacity to discuss and collectively answer the many "HOW questions" that are still unanswered today. That is why BusinessEurope today launched a new initiative called "Climate Dialogues". Gattaz invited policy-makers, civil society, scientists, industrialists and everyone interested to join our discussion on HOW to reach climate neutrality. More information here
A high-level meeting took place virtually between the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and representatives of the European business community. "BusinessEurope and the broader European business community appreciates the frank and comprehensive discussion that we held with the Prime Minister on the occasion of his visit to Brussels", said Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope. "The EU and Ukraine are important trading partners and we consider that the bilateral Association Agreement, which contains a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), provides the right framework to help our political and economic relations to further and thrive". BusinessEurope advocates for and supports the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities towards the necessary reforms that will help Ukraine's economy to modernise and diversify.
18 associations representing businesses from a variety of sectors in Europe, urged the European Council Presidency to address the problems of the EU harmonised standardisation as a question of the Industrial Strategy for Europe. We have been regularly raising concerns regarding the European Commission’s over- prescriptive approach to EU harmonised standards and their treatment of standards as an “extension of EU law” rather than a market-driven implementation tool. Timely and effective harmonised standardisation in the EU is crucial for our industry competitiveness. See our open letter here
In a joint statement of BusinessEurope and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Transatlantic business community pledges to EU and US authorities to cooperate and advance shared goals. As President Biden underlined in his inaugural address, the U.S. will repair its alliances and engage with the world to meet "today's and tomorrow's challenges". The U.S. Chamber and BusinessEurope welcome this commitment as well as the European Commission’s recent policy paper embracing a new Transatlantic agenda. Our statement is a call on the EU and the U.S. to redouble joint efforts to rejuvenate the relationship and initiate a new strategic partnership that would improve our ability to seize the opportunities of tomorrow. We should start by addressing the problems and moving forward to advance common objectives. - Read the joint statement
Today marks the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States of America. It should also mark a new era for transatlantic relations that hopefully will be more cooperative and less conflictive. An important signal, showing that a renewed dialogue has begun, would be the elimination or at least suspension of tariffs while the two administrations negotiate a solution to the long-standing Airbus-Boeing disputes. In the medium term, the objective should be developing a common agenda, including but not limited to cooperation on China, WTO reform, climate and digital. BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said: "We now have a chance to make a fresh start and enter a new era. European business looks forward to a rekindled transatlantic partnership where the two sides jointly identify new opportunities for close cooperation in areas of common interest. European citizens and business look forward to early signs that the USA again see the European Union as an ally and partner." - Read more / Photo credit: lev radin | Shutterstock
Portugal, which took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2021, has a key role to play in putting the European Union on the right track to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and revitalise economic activity across the continent. In a letter to Prime Minister António Costa, the European business community expressed support for the 5 main priorities of the Portuguese Presidency to achieve a resilient, green, digital, social and global Europe. To allow business to fully play its role, we count on Portugal to focus on creating framework conditions that will enhance Europe’s long-term capacity to generate growth and employment and to encourage structural reforms. BusinessEurope is looking forward to working constructively with the Portuguese Presidency for the recovery in this enduring crisis, to bring long-term solutions to the economic and social challenges facing us.
- Read the letter