To contribute to the debate on a modern and more effective WTO, BusinessEurope published a paper illustrating the importance of trade in services for manufacturers. The paper includes nine real-life examples of individual companies showing the close interconnection between trade in goods and trade in services. "Trade in services and trade in goods are indissociable", President Pierre Gattaz said. "Through globalisation and technological innovation, services play a crucial role in manufacturing: services such as logistics are supporting global value chains, services such as software and design are an integral part of goods, and services such as customer care are supplied together with goods. A trade policy fit for the 21st century can no longer ignore this reality."
"What happens in the next 5 years will be incredibly important to increase the chances to reach climate neutrality by around mid-century. Doing so will require everyone – businesses, governments and civil society – to step up their efforts”, BusinessEurope Director for Industrial Affairs Alexandre Affre said at the event “Reaching climate neutrality: Framework conditions and actions on how to get there”, on 2 October in Brussels. BusinessEurope, he added, put forward 5 framework conditions and related actions that European businesses believe are crucial to get us there. They include (1) the recognition of different conditions and starting points for EU Member States, (2) the development and deployment of innovative technologies, (3) large-scale availability of affordable, low-carbon energy, (4) the adaptation of consumer behaviour and public acceptance for the low-carbon energy transition, and (5) the convergence of global climate ambitions. - Photos
"EU leaders need to prioritise research and innovation in the next Multiannual Financial Framework. The budget for Horizon Europe will be a clear expression of the ambition", BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said at the EU Research and Innovation Days on 26 September in Brussels. The event gathered researchers, scientists, innovators and policy-makers from all around Europe. Gattaz pointed out that for more than 30 years, the European research programmes have been demonstrating their added value in many fields, from climate to health projects. "Let’s be very ambitious and increase the Horizon Europe budget to at least €120 billion”, he said.
The transatlantic relationship is the strongest and most integrated in the world, but trade irritants are eroding trust. “The EU and the USA should be working together, not against each other. We share common challenges and our companies have a long history of cooperation that is key for our two economies”, stated BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz. BusinessEurope's mission to Washington, D.C. included meetings with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Deputy Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish, Congress and business counterparts. Issues like the Airbus-Boeing dispute, our bilateral trade negotiations, China, the reform of the World Trade Organisation, sanctions and the threat of duties on cars were at the centre of the discussions. “Trade tensions are creating uncertainty and leading to decreasing investment and economic slowdown. We need to make sure that multilateral rules are respected and we have an effective way of settling disputes”, Gattaz said.
Today, BusinessEurope published its priorities for the next institutional cycle in the area of intellectual property (IP). We propose a comprehensive strategy on IP with concrete actions to help IP deliver its well-recognised benefits to companies, citizens and society at large. IP is a fundamental tool to drive innovation, growth, competitiveness and job creation in Europe. Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: “Innovators, creators and businesses must be able to rely on a solid IP system in the EU. European companies need an effective enforcement of IP rights and our discussions on industrial policy in Europe must include IP rights as they today include innovation and competitiveness. The EU should maintain a high-quality and coherent IP strategy when discussing any bilateral trade agreements, as well as possible revisions of WTO rules. The acceleration of technological progress and the digital revolution open up new opportunities, but also create new challenges in the IP environment. The EU must ensure a good balance between IP protection and legal certainty to encourage new technologies.” Read our strategy on IP here.
“European companies are at the technological forefront in several strategic industrial sectors, but at a global level we are at much higher speed to invent and bring to the market new solutions today than just a few years ago. The global innovation race intensifies, this is why Europe needs to scale up its innovation policy in the next five years”, Director General Markus J. Beyrer commented when presenting BusinessEurope’s new strategy paper for EU research and innovation (R&I). Based on an extensive consultation of BusinessEurope’s membership and a corporate survey, the paper presents 30 concrete policy measures around four priority fields: i) more and smart public investments; ii) “fit for innovation” regulations, iii) skilled people, iv) enhanced collaboration. “We are confident that these recommendations would make Europe even more attractive for private investments in research and innovation”, Beyrer said. Read the paper