The European social partners officially presented their new joint work programme for the period 2022-24. Commenting during the launch event, which took place in the company of Commission Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis, Director General Markus Beyrer said: "we saw during the peak of COVID the crucial role that social dialogue played in many Member States in helping to shape solutions to the numerous labour market challenges that arose. As we will enter the negotiations on an agreement on telework and the right to disconnect this autumn, we will do so with the knowledge that social partners and social dialogue have a fundamental role to play in making our labour markets more productive, competitive and resilient as we seek to mobilise the economic recovery from COVID against the backdrop of a challenging geopolitical, economic and social context. We also start this process with the commitment to work towards an agreement that will be to the mutual benefit of employers and workers in these times of rapid labour market change." - Read more
BusinessEurope, DIGITALEUROPE, ERT, Eurochambres and EuroCommerce published a joint statement expressing their deep concern about the negative prospects for the European economy. Businesses no longer experience the Single Market as a true free-trade area. EU legislation too often allows for differentiated transposition in EU Member States and the Commission’s enforcement policy is lacking teeth against Member States which introduce national rules or administrative requirements leading to further market fragmentation. Policy-makers at EU and national level should resist the temptation to regulate every element of the economy and instead aim to better evaluate and reduce the ever-expanding list of demands and requirements on companies. - Read more
The upcoming social dialogue initiative of the European Commission is an important opportunity to take stock of the progress made and initiate new actions to further develop social dialogue at EU and national levels. Building upon the 2016 quadri-partite statement on “a new start for social dialogue”, this initiative should strengthen tripartism at EU and national level to improve the performance of labour markets and social systems. One clear area where progress is needed is to ensure that all Member States create an appropriate space for social dialogue and collective bargaining, respecting the fact that there is no EU blueprint for social dialogue, while making good use of the mutual learning potential of regular EU exchanges for different Member States. The Commission and the Member States should also step up their actions to support the capacity of social partners in the more than ten EU Member States where this is needed. These were the key messages by Director General Markus J. Beyrer during an exchange of views on the EU social dialogue initiative with Commissioner Schmit and the other EU cross-industry social partners.
The WTO-World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting MC12 ended after 5 days of intense negotiations with an agreement that allows to keep the multilateral trading system alive. Although not satisfactory in some areas, in particular intellectual property rights protection, the agreement brings new hope to multilateralism and the ability of the WTO to deliver concrete results. Commenting on the results, BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: "European business strongly supports the multilateral, rules-based trading system. The World Trade Organisation is key to preserve this system as the bedrock of international trade. The 12th WTO Ministerial finished late yesterday evening with an agreement that has shortcomings but allows to keep the multilateral trading system alive." - Read more
During its meeting in Prague today, the Council of Presidents of BusinessEurope unanimously elected Mr Fredrik Persson, who was until recently President of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv) and is President of Ellevio AB as well as of JM AB, to succeed Pierre Gattaz as President of BusinessEurope from 1 July 2022. He is elected for a period of two years, renewable once. Fredrik Persson said: "I look forward to pursuing the great work of Pierre Gattaz and to strengthening the voice of the millions of small, medium and large companies in Europe that the 40 member federations of BusinessEurope represent. It is fundamental that the EU pursues an ambitious competitiveness agenda to deliver wealth for its citizens and to manage the transition towards a sustainable future, building upon a strong EU single market. Taking up the important position at this critical period in European history is a major responsibility and a true honour." - Read more
See also biography of Fredrik Persson - Photo copyright: Sören Andersson
“Higher global prices for energy, raw materials and food are all driving EU inflation and putting pressure on businesses and households alike. As a net importer of energy, we cannot escape the fact that higher global energy prices will tend to lower real incomes in the EU. In this context, social partners need to engage responsibly in collective bargaining on wages and help ensure that temporary price rises do not give rise to rising inflation expectations and in turn a damaging wage-price spiral, that would risk weakening medium-term growth and employment prospects.” This was the key message from BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer at the Macroeconomic Dialogue which drew together social partners and European institutions. The President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde, President of the Eurogroup Paschal Donohoe and the European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis also participated in the exchange about developments and challenges facing the European economy. - Read more
BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer participated in the stakeholder roundtable of the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council (TTC) in Paris. Together with high-level participants from both sides of the Atlantic, he discussed the priorities for the future work of the TTC in trade and secure supply chains. TTC is a much-needed platform for a high-level EU-US dialogue that goes beyond political cycles, Beyrer underlined. We are happy to see that it has already delivered in substance with the common approach to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. Now we need to outline the new areas of cooperation that can lead to concrete outcomes to boost the Transatlantic economy. The EU and USA should work together to improve our common security through export controls, energy security, access to raw materials. We need to promote regulatory cooperation and conformity assessment, reducing trade barriers, both in our bilateral trade, and also multilaterally.