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13/02/2019

Business leaders from major world economies met in Delhi, India, on 11 and 12 February and agreed that trade and digitalisation should remain top priorities for the international business community in 2019. "Business is very concerned by increasing trade tensions around the world and unilateral actions that are threatening the multilateral trading system and the WTO", said Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General. Digitalisation, he added, enables trade and brings new business opportunities for many companies, especially SMEs in manufacturing and services sectors. "We need rules and standards that support the digital economy and address increasing threats like cybercrime. We must be aware of measures that limit data flows and promote forced data localisation", Beyrer said. Read more

06/02/2019

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Representatives of the European social partners talk about the topics that they will jointly work on over the next three years, including digitalisation; skills; addressing risks at work; capacity-building for a stronger social dialogue; and circular economy. See the pictures of the signing ceremony of the new work programme.

01/02/2019

Today the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force. This is a milestone for EU-Japan relations and the business community, workers and consumers on both sides. Trade in goods and services between Japan and the European Union amounts to over 150 billion euros a year, and exports between the two regions are projected to increase by 34% for the EU and 29% for Japan when all tariffs are phased out and the agreement is fully implemented. This agreement, BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said, is the perfect example that building bridges is better than raising walls. At a time when protectionism is on the rise, the EU and Japan show the world that they remain open to modern and rules-based trade. Read more or watch message by Director General Markus J. Beyrer (31 January 2019)

31/01/2019

- Business Ambition 2030 – A Europe with opportunities for all -

Today in Rome, Europe’s umbrella organisation for employers and industry, BusinessEurope and its Italian member federation Confindustria presented the European business community’s “Ambition for 2030 – A Europe with opportunities for all”. This is the first of a series of activities that BusinessEurope is taking ahead of the European elections in May 2019. The Ambition recalls the great achievements of the EU, looks at the serious challenges we currently face and explains how European business is committed to transforming them into opportunities for European citizens. Business stands ready to play its role in defending our European way of life. At the press conference in Rome BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said: “The European project brought us 70 years of peace and prosperity. This is a great achievement but it isn’t sufficient anymore for today’s challenges”. Read more

24/01/2019

“By eliminating tariffs on green tech and boosting collaborative research, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is one of the first free-trade agreements (FTAs) that can clearly demonstrate what is achievable for two major economies that strive for ambitious climate targets while remaining internationally competitive”, said BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer at an event focused on discussing the potential of the EU-Canada trade deal in addressing climate change. He made his remarks amidst Mauro Petriccione, Director General of the  European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action, Patricia Fuller, Ambassador of Canada for Climate Change, as well as several speakers of industry and civil society. Beyrer explained that the potential benefits of CETA are also global: “The increased competition and know-how between our companies can help them export zero and low-carbon technologies across the world. CETA can also function as a reference for future FTAs between other countries”, he added. © photo: 2019 — GIZ

21/01/2019

Romania has taken over the EU presidency from Austria on 1 January, at a critical moment for the EU. BusinessEurope sent a letter to President Klaus Iohannis, highlighting that we count on Romania’s presidency to make the best possible use of the time available to secure a set of measures by May’s European Parliament election. BusinessEurope urged the presidency to focus on ensuring that EU initiatives improving competitiveness, growth and employment in Europe are adopted in due time. “European integration is more important than ever, and we must act now if we want to deliver a Europe with opportunities for all”, President Pierre Gattaz and Director General Markus J. Beyrer wrote. Read more

16/01/2019

European business is extremely disturbed by yesterday’s developments in the UK. The withdrawal agreement that includes a transition period is the only available option to avoid major disruption for citizens and businesses. It provides a stable framework to allow time for citizens and companies to properly prepare for the UK exit and the future relation. BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: “Yesterday’s vote has unfortunately significantly increased the risk of no-deal. No-deal is absolutely unacceptable for the European business community. It will create chaos and disarray and must be avoided. Therefore, we urge the UK to come up with a credible plan of action. Both sides need to do their utmost to find the best solutions and timeline that give the necessary assurances to citizens and companies.” Read more

    11/12/2018

    The world is changing rapidly and profoundly as global alliances shift and populism rises. What we are witnessing is not just another era of change but a change of era. Business wants to be part of the solution and ensure that Europe can shape this new era according to its values. The European business community today presented its Ambition for the European Union in 2030. In this paper we set out what is needed to create the right conditions to enhance competitiveness and enable business to play its role in society. BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said: "In view of the European elections, the business community has a strong responsibility to speak up, explain why the European Union is so important for people’s future and to say what needs to be done to ensure that things are going in the right direction. Companies are the backbone of Europe’s economic stability and people’s prosperity. Let’s together build an EU we can be proud of." - Read more

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