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.
BusinessEurope visited Australia and New Zealand to demonstrate its strong commitment to concluding ambitious and comprehensive free-trade agreements that also reinforce Europe’s presence in the region. More than economic benefits, these agreements have a strategic importance as European business is keen to work with like-minded partners that believe in open markets and rules-based trade. Photos
Business presents new tool to improve consumer information
Today the European business community presents its voluntary tool to inform consumers better when they’re shopping online. The aim is to help companies find good ways to present their information to consumers including standard terms and conditions. The tool was developed in the spirit of the ‘2018 New Deal for Consumers’, and agreed by the business organisations expert group. This initiative was facilitated by the European Commission, which today published its own guidance on the ‘Unfair contract terms’ directive to improve online shopping. The European business voluntary tool includes practical examples through a “Consumer Journey” – a graphic that helps businesses understand at which stage the information should be given and how it could look like in order to be easily understandable, including mandatory consumer information. Read more
Today, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen as new President of the European Commission. BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said: "The European business community congratulates Ursula von der Leyen on her election as President of the future European Commission. We look forward to working with her and the future Commissioners to build the innovative and entrepreneurial European society needed to strengthen our economy and shape the emerging new global order according to our common European values. Strong leadership will be needed to create the conditions to have healthy and profitable companies, encourage the development of people’s talents, and pursue competitiveness-friendly policies to preserve our planet." With its congratulation letter 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.
"Agreements with key trading partners like Canada, Japan and Mercosur have been concluded and important legislation has been adopted. We congratulate the outgoing Commission for the impressive progress achieved", Director General Markus J. Beyrer said at the BusinessEurope event "A trade strategy fit for the 21st century" on 8 July in Brussels. The aim was to promote a discussion on the achievements under the current trade policy of the EU and the priorities that should be set for the future, under the new European Commission and European Parliament. The EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, delivered a keynote speech and participated in a panel debate. "The new Commission will have to operate in a complex and challenging environment in global trade. Businesses and other civil society stakeholders have an important task to help identify priorities for an effective EU trade policy and we stand ready to contribute", Beyrer stated. - Photos