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09/04/2024

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Today we launch our campaign for policy changes in the next EU political cycle. BusinessEurope President Fredrik Persson said: “Faced with multiple geopolitical risks and economic uncertainty, the EU must put competitiveness at the forefront and use the next EU cycle to reboot its policies for today’s challenges."
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04/04/2024

BusinessEurope highlighted the enormous opportunities for the EU and the U.S. to work together to ensure a successful, just, and inclusive green transition the Transatlantic Labour Dialogue Ministerial meeting. It was organised on 4 April in the margins of the sixth Trade and Technology Council in Leuven, Belgium. “The EU and the U.S. possess the resources and the expertise to drive meaningful change on a global scale if we cooperate to reinforce our shared competitiveness”, President Fredrik Persson said at the event. The business community strongly supports a high-level platform for structured dialogue between the EU and the U.S., and President Persson highlighted the need for structural improvements to allow concrete deliverables going forward. - Read more

20/03/2024

During the Tripartite Social Summit on 20 March, EU leaders and business representatives discussed the important of strengthening EU’s economy to achieve our environmental and social goals. President Fredrik Persson highlighted the challenges EU businesses faced in 2023, including geopolitical uncertainty, labour shortages, high energy prices and regulatory overburden. This was also confirmed by this year’s newly published Reform Barometer. The report revealed that the EU’s attractiveness to investors has not improved in the past year compared to our major competitors. Persson emphasised, "Europe's industrial resilience is at risk. Industrial production in the EU was down by 5.7% in January 2024 compared to the same time last year, and quality jobs are at stake. The EU needs to take concrete steps now to strengthen our economy, developing an industrial deal to complement the green deal.” - Read the full speech - Photos

28/02/2024

The WTO brings concrete advantages for companies, it provides legal certainty and stability in times of geopolitical tensions and increasing risks. At an event organised by BusinessEurope, the Confederation of Swedish Business and the US Chamber on the margins of the WTO's 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13), businesses from Europe and the USA highlighted the importance of the WTO in preventing non-tariff and tariff barriers and allowing for the development of more resilient value chains. The WTO needs to remain effective through enforceable rules, that support innovation and adjust to today’s digital and green transformation. The business community is keen to see an extension of the e-commerce moratorium, concrete actions to address the appellate body blockage, rules that protect intellectual property and address increasing subsidisation and advances in the plurilateral negotiations.

20/02/2024

Today, industry leaders convened in Antwerp to discuss how to restore Europe’s competitiveness with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. At the summit organised by the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer emphasised the imperative of firm political commitment to a European Industrial Deal to complement the Green Deal, and foster a more competitive, resilient and sustainable Europe. He specifically addressed the issue of long and complex industrial permitting in the EU. “According to our recent survey, for more than 8 in 10 companies the time it takes to secure permits is a barrier to investing in Europe. We need structural changes now.”

19/02/2024

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The 13th WTO Ministerial meeting kicks off on 26 February 2024. BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer explains what European business expects from it.

13/02/2024

"In today’s very competitive global scene, speed is of strategic importance. Long and complex industrial permitting is a bottleneck for companies’ green and digital transformations and the EU’s global competitiveness", President Fredrik Persson said presenting the results of a new study. BusinessEurope has surveyed 240 companies across 21 European countries, with 35% of those being SMEs, about their experiences with EU permitting processes. For example, 83% find the complexity and duration of permitting are an obstacle to investing in the EU; around 60% of responding companies have to wait over a year and up to 6 years for a permitting approval. Companies surveyed report challenges with public authorities – speed and lack of coordination – as well as complications and uncertainty around EU and national regulations. Our key competitors, like the US and China, face challenges in this area as well, but they have specific provisions like time limits to help address some of these difficulties. The EU has also taken steps in the right direction but more needs to be done. "The EU industry needs its 'licence to transform' at speed", Persson concluded. - Read more

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