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25/05/2023

European business remains supportive of the objectives of the proposed CS3D directive, BusinessEurope President Fredrik Persson told European Commissioner Didier Reynders, handing him over a joint statement signed by more than 35 European industry associations. "We urge co-legislators to work on a reasonable approach that is manageable for companies in practice", he added. The European economy, including SMEs which will be impacted even if formally out of the scope, need a workable due diligence framework that is drafted in a balanced and proportionate way. There should be no room for legal uncertainty and fragmentation which will hamper the possibility for European companies, already facing a legally complex and crisis abundant environment, to contribute to the sustainability transition. We would like to ask for six key recommendations and concerns to be taken into account in the next stages of the legislative process. - Read more

24/05/2023

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We need to make Europe more competitive, more attractive for investments. An ambitious and dynamic trade policy is fundamental to retain competitiveness in Europe and to make Europe stronger in the world. Read our paper "Open strategic autonomy – How trade policy can best support European competitiveness".

12/05/2023

Trade agreements can make a major contribution to European competitiveness by

  • supporting the EU's de-risking strategy through diversification of imports and exports,
  • contributing to the modernisation of trading rules in key areas like climate change and digitalisation, and
  • supporting the EU's engagement with countries around the world, making it a true global player.

This is the main message stemming from the panel discussion organised today by the Women in Trade Network Brussels & BusinessEurope, with Sabine Weyand, Director General of European Commission DG Trade, and Luisa Santos, BusinessEurope Deputy Director General. - Photos

02/05/2023

"Thirty years of the Single Market is a significant milestone to celebrate, but there are also matters of concerns due to persisting barriers and even rising fragmentation in the EU", BusinessEurope President Fredrik Persson said at the Single Market Forum (SIMFO) conference in Stockholm today. There is a mass of incoming EU legislation, he stressed, which creates disproportionate additional regulatory burdens for businesses. Therefore, companies cannot scale up to other countries without facing a wide variety of barriers. "Especially SMEs are struggling with the growing number of compliance obligations and the costs that are associated with them", he added. The event also had the participation of Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market; Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise; Anna Cavazzini, Chair of the EP Internal Market Committee; Johan Forssell, Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade; amongst others.

26/04/2023

“Future of EU: Social, competitive and sustainable” – was the theme of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) Inaugural Plenary. “The most pressing challenge is the competitiveness of Europe as the place to invest and doing business,” underlined BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer in the roundtable with the new EESC President Oliver Röpke and the European Commissioner for jobs and social rights Nicolas Schmit, amongst others. “For business, there are three essential priorities that an ambitious EU competitiveness agenda needs to focus on: business-friendly regulation and taxation, competitive access to resources and open markets with equal rules.”

20/04/2023

Stronger alignment and cooperation among the G7 is necessary in view of increasing geopolitical tensions, but this should not imply less engagement with the rest of the world. "A free and fair Trade and Investment Club among G7 countries should also be open to others that adhere to the same principles and rules", said Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General, at the B7 Summit in Tokyo. "Including other partners", he added, "is key to avoid market fragmentation, ensure inclusiveness with the Global South and build more modern and robust multilateral rules". Another important area of cooperation and solidarity among the G7 is supply chain resilience. "De-risking and rebalancing dependencies in key areas like critical raw materials through increased cooperation will be essential to enhance security of supply", Beyrer also said. - Read more - Photos

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