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
BusinessEurope launched Industry4Sustainability to showcase how all-size companies operating in the European Union introduce new and innovative solutions to overcome major environmental challenges. Already counting dozens of examples, the platform has an ongoing call for companies to contribute on two topics. On the one hand, the website presents industry’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, through technology solutions or company pledges, showing the extent to which businesses are already engaged in the decarbonisation process. On the other hand, the circular economy website brings new projects of innovative ways in which industry, SMEs and other business add to the circular economy in Europe. At the same time, it highlights the regulatory and non-regulatory challenges these businesses still face to upscale their current initiatives or to start new ones.
Visit www.industry4sustainability.eu for more information and to submit your own example.
As the Group of Seven prepares to meet in Biarritz, France on 24-26 August, BusinessEurope sends a strong message against trade tensions, in favour of free and open trade, supporting the critical role of the multilateral trading system. BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said: “Businesses in Europe and the rest of the world already experience a negative impact of the escalation of trade tensions, especially between the U.S. and China and, lately, also between Japan and South Korea. The increasing tendency by some governments to use national security to pursue a protectionist agenda is also worrying. We urge the G7 to be open and constructive in their deliberations during the Biarritz Summit this weekend to rapidly and effectively ease tensions giving confidence to investors.”
Press release and Joint B7 Statement of 5 July 2019.
BusinessEurope has proposed 50 actions to be taken during the first 100 days in office of the future European Commission to start delivering a Europe with opportunities for all. The first 100 days of the new Commission are crucial in showing businesses and citizens that the Commission is ready to deliver. Businesses provide 80% of the jobs and empower the European way of life. We are and want to be part of the solution to build a Europe with opportunities for all. Faced with an increasingly challenging world economic outlook and rising trade tensions, it is essential that the new Commission soon develops the blueprint for a comprehensive effort to strengthen the economic base of the EU and an EU industrial and growth strategy. See here the concrete actions proposed.