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10/10/2018

On the initiative of its new President, Pierre Gattaz, BusinessEurope has gathered its members for a seminar in Paris on 9 and 10 October to define their expectations on the evolution of the further construction of Europe, its key foundations and values, in view of the European elections in 2019. This seminar has united 85 top representatives of its 39 member federations. A wide and open survey was conducted beforehand to determine the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of Europe and the risks it is facing. Pierre Gattaz commented: "This seminar is a first step to build a common vision of what European companies are expecting. While some people want to question the construction of Europe as we have known it for 60 years, companies have reiterated their commitment to further develop the Single Market and strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union. Europe is not an option but a necessity. It must evolve towards more efficiency and simplification but the direction is the right one. Do not give in to simplistic solutions." Read more

26/09/2018

"In a world undergoing profound changes, companies are a crucial factor of adaptation while ensuring stability. My main task as President of BusinessEurope will be to make sure that uncertainties we are facing lead to a new global order rather than to a global mess", Pierre Gattaz said at the opening gala of the European Forum for New Ideas (EFNI). The 8th edition of this forum took place from 26 to 28 September in Sopot, Poland, and has been organised since 2011 by the Polish Confederation Lewiatan in cooperation with BusinessEurope. The event, which gathers over a thousand participants, is dedicated to global trends, new ideas and the future of Europe. During his speech, President Gattaz highlighted that “the next years will be decisive. Free movement of goods, services, capital and people is an absolute 'must' to build a strong Europe". And to end up with an improved global trade system, "we will need to deepen existing partnerships and develop new ones, especially in our neighbourhood”, he concluded. Photo copyright: K.RAINKA

25/09/2018

“The energy transition is very much driven by the need to combat climate change. European industry is fully engaged in making the transition to a low-carbon economy a reality. Different sectors are facing different challenges.” These were key messages conveyed by Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope at the Global Wind Summit 2018 in Hamburg. Beyrer also explained evolutions in positions within the business community, reflecting new market realities, technological developments and public perception.

Please read his full keynote speech here

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14/09/2018

On 18 October 2018, BusinessEurope will host the 16th Asia-Europe Business Forum (AEBF) in Brussels, Belgium, under the auspices of the European Union Institutions. This event will bring together around 450 business leaders from Asia and Europe who share the goal of strengthening trade and investment relations between the two continents. The AEBF will take place in parallel with the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), which brings together 53 partners, all EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, 21 Asian countries and other members. The Forum is therefore an ideal platform to engage with political leaders from both regions, to share ideas on how to tackle today’s and tomorrows’ challenges and boost economic growth, development and job creation across the two continents.

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31/08/2018

The strengthening of economic growth has led to a further improvement on labour markets. Eurostat’s latest unemployment figures, released today, show that EU unemployment is with 6.8% in July 2018 back to pre-crisis levels, and well below the 11% in March 2013 at the peak of the Eurozone crisis. Despite these improvements, unemployment rates still remain uneven across EU countries, with three EU Member States facing rates (well) above 10%. Of particular concern is that even at this early stage of the recovery, there are already signs of the emergence of a structural mismatch, where business across the EU increasingly report difficulties in hiring workers. As our Spring Economic Outlook outlined, the share of industrial enterprises which indicate that insufficient labour limits their production is already at twice the pre-crisis share and the highest on record since 1985. Against this background, we need to see urgent policy action to avoid that labour market mismatches increasingly act as a break on economic growth over the coming years.

13/08/2018

At the end of this month, negotiations on a Post-Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries are due to be launched. Even if the agreement will cover three very different regions, it presents an important opportunity to reshape the relations between the EU and Africa and adapt them to the realities of the 21st century. Home to a relatively young population of 1.2 billion people and some of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa is a vibrant continent that presents tremendous business opportunities. Read more

06/08/2018

Following the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Joint and Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, which was announced on 8 May, the first wave of U.S. sanctions against Iran will be re-imposed on 7 August. More information on these measures, including a detailed list, can be accessed here. In a letter addressed to the Austrian Presidency and the EU Commission, BusinessEurope stresses its support to the JCPOA, while urging for effective protection of EU companies that will face the extraterritorial effects of U.S. sanctions. In particular, the letter focuses on the EU Blocking Statute Regulation, raising questions on its practical implementation and requesting the timely publication of Guidelines addressed to national competent authorities and economic operators. See the letter here.

31/07/2018

Recent official data indicate that growth is slowing down in the first half of 2018. Eurostat reported that EU quarterly GDP grew by 0.4% in both the first and second quarter of this year, a clear slowdown from the very strong 0.6 to 0.7% quarterly growth during 2017 (see chart). EU growth thus returned to a pace last seen in Q3 2016. Against this background, we urge policy-makers to continue implementing labour and product market reforms as well as institutional reforms that make EU economies more productive and resilient. Doing so will increase the EU’s potential for long-term growth and job creation. Given signs of emerging supply constraints, it is particularly important to address structural constraints to growth such as remaining barriers to investment and labour market mismatches. It is key to improve work-orientated learning for all age groups, including the promotion of digital skills, as well as reforms which encourage people to stay longer in the workforce and ensure that legal migrants are properly integrated. NB: Eurostat data for the second quarter of 2018 is based on a preliminary first estimate from 31 July.

10/10/2018
Press releases
Companies treasure Europe’s key foundations and values
26/09/2018
Speeches
Gattaz: We need a new global order, not a global mess
25/09/2018
Speeches
European industry: need to transition to low-carbon economy
14/09/2018
Event
Connectivity - Building bridges between Europe and Asia
31/08/2018
Facts and figures
EU unemployment at its lowest since the financial crisis
13/08/2018
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Africa and the EU need to move closer
06/08/2018
Public letters
Iran: first wave of U.S. sanctions
31/07/2018
Facts and figures
EU GDP slowdown reinforces need for reforms

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