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13/06/2019

BusinessEurope today published its Spring Economic Outlook 2019. Presenting the report, BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: "EU finance ministers meeting today must demonstrate their commitment to enhancing the business environment, raising productivity growth and proving to our international partners that the EU has a growth model that can withstand a fall in global trade." According to BusinessEurope’s outlook, the recent downturn highlights the fragility of the EU economy:

  • EU economic growth fell considerably in the second half of 2018;
  • We expect for 2019 GDP growth of 1.6% in the EU and 1.3% in the euro area, considerably lower than our autumn forecast;
  • Following tentative signs of a rebound in growth already in Q1 this year, we expect growth to pick up in 2020 to 1.7% in the EU and 1.5% in the euro area.
29/05/2019

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These European elections had the highest turnout in decades! See what our Director General Markus J. Beyrer has to say on the election results.

26/05/2019

BusinessEurope and the entire European business community congratulate the new Members of the European Parliament on their election. This second biggest democratic election in the world has shown that citizens see Europe as their business! If these first results are accurate, it is also important that more European citizens have now participated in the vote than in 2014. This is a positive trend. We now call on the main political forces to form a pro-European majority in the European Parliament, to allow for the future EU leaders to be agreed upon on time. President Pierre Gattaz said: "The European Union needs a long-term, bold reform agenda. With our ‘Ambition for Europe 2030 – A Europe with opportunities for all’ we have made workable proposals in this direction. We stand ready to work with the new institutions, acting to help to make Europe fit for the future. Our citizens and enterprises expect us to work for our common better future." Watch here what Director General Markus J. Beyrer has to say.

24/05/2019

"European countries today have to face challenges related to climate, health, demography. Business is a solution that can help to maintain the importance of Europe", BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said during the debate ‘Europe is voting. Make it your business.’ organised today in Warsaw by Lewiatan, with the participation of Henryka Bochniarz, President of Lewiatan, and Jacek Krawczyk, President of the Employers Group of the European Economic and Social Committee. During a meeting with President Andrzej Duda, Gattaz underlined that "Europe's achievements cannot be taken for granted”, reiterating BusinessEurope’s call for the European elections: "We should all go and vote to help shape Europe's future. We want a strong and united Europe".

21/05/2019

“The way forward regarding social policy is to reform education and training systems, employment policies and regulations and social protection systems in a coherent way”, said BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer at the 14th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) on 21 May in Vienna. National trade union delegates from 38 European countries and special guests from Europe and beyond, including Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Alexander Van der Bellen, President of Austria, participated at the event, which takes place until Friday 24 May. “It is very important that the European social partners regularly discuss their respective visions and what they can do together to make sure that the EU delivers for companies and workers”, Beyrer pointed out.
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29/04/2019

EU should rebalance trade and become climate neutral

Today, BusinessEurope published its two new strategy papers on energy and climate policies and on trade policy, proposing adjustments to current EU policies. BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: “The European business community stands behind the EU ambition to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. Whether climate neutrality is possible by around mid-century in order to limit global average temperature increases to 1.5°C will depend on meeting a set of crucial framework conditions and actions. In global trade, our top priorities are rebalancing the EU relations with China and the US, promoting a reformed and more effective World Trade Organisation and pursuing ambitious trade and investment negotiations that restore the level playing field for European companies while allowing more people to benefit from trade.”
Please see a short video statement and a press release.

03/04/2019

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Why do we need the European Union? Should we go vote in the European elections in May this year? Looking for some answers, we talked to people from all around Europe who either run or work at companies of all sizes. Watch what they have to say about Europe.

20/03/2019

“Europe retains many world-leading firms but Europe’s performance in developing more of them is insufficient. Since 2010, the EU has created only 29 Unicorns with market valuations of more than $1 Billion compared to 139 in the USA and 81 in China”, BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said at a press breakfast ahead of the EU summit and the Tripartite Social Summit. He warned: “Europe today is home to only 24% of the global economy’s most profitable firms, compared to 36% in the late 1990s.” The EU should better support its companies in their efforts to invest, innovate, create jobs and upgrade labour skills. Presenting our Reform Barometer 2019, he indicated governments had failed to step up their reform efforts. Only 20% of essential economic reforms recommended by the EU would have been properly implemented. In view of the European elections in May 2019, BusinessEurope together with its EU Social Partners ETUC, CEEP and SMEunited published a joint statement, underlining that “the EU project has to remain resilient and strong and we, the European Social Partners, believe that it can continue to help us to face our challenges and design a brighter future for Europe, its citizens, workers and enterprises”. See also our business message for the 2019 European elections.

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