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05/01/2022

There's an old saying that forecasting is difficult because it involves the future. But whilst the pandemic has made efforts to predict future economic performance even more challenging, the economic policy question we'll face in 2022 appears at least a little clearer.

Read the full comment article by James Watson, BusinessEurope Director for Economics

01/01/2022

France today takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months, with an announced focus on "recovery, strength and a sense of belonging". The European business community urges the French Presidency to focus on restoring Europe's economy and combating the complexity of EU legislative proposals that is hampering the development of the millions of small, medium-sized and large European enterprises BusinessEurope represents. We have defined seven issues of crucial importance in this matter, grouped into the "Paris Declaration" submitted to President Emmanuel Macron in November last year. "There are growing concerns in the business community about legislative proposals that put European companies at a disadvantage when competing on global markets", BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said on this occasion. "Enterprises cannot cope with this never-ending accumulation of constraints and administrative requirements. To reconcile climate ambitions with industrial competitiveness, the European legal framework must facilitate innovation and minimise transition costs." - Read more

16/12/2021

The European Council should focus on coordinating efforts to tackle the 4th wave of the Covid pandemic, while at the same time preserving the recovery, BusinessEurope said in a message ahead of the European Council meeting on 16-17 December. To restore our economy and get lasting growth and employment, the EU needs to improve competitiveness. Determined action is needed to contain the pandemic, continue with structural reforms, strengthen the Single Market, and improve Europe's position in the world. - Read more

07/12/2021

"We had good exchanges on business priorities and how to strengthen the EU Single Market and trade policy – which is promising", BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said after a meeting with the Czech Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Martina Tauberová on 6 December in Prague. In view of the upcoming Czech presidency of the Council of the EU, besides meeting with high-level representatives of the Czech government, Markus J. Beyrer and Deputy Director General Thérèse de Liedekerke also met board members and EU experts of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (SPCR). They discussed BusinessEurope’s key priorities, underlining the importance for European business to defend and further develop the Single Market, to stand up against overregulation and bureaucracy, and to advocate for an ambitious trade agenda and a clearer focus on how to make the green and digital transition happen. - Photos

24/11/2021

Today, BusinessEurope published its key priorities ahead of the 12th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference which takes place from 30 November to 3 December in Geneva. "This is crunch time for the WTO", Markus J. Beyrer said, "as we all expect to see a stronger and more effective organisation after the MC12, one that is able to develop and implement modern trade rules that respond to the needs of our societies. This requires commitment from all WTO members to deliver tangible results and make the necessary compromises to safeguard the future of the organisation. A well-functioning WTO is essential for European business, as the WTO is the basis for our relationship with our two major trading partners, China and the USA. We expect the WTO members will agree on a roadmap to update the WTO rulebook, including on industrial subsidies, sustainability, but also on digital economy. We also need a functioning dispute settlement system. - Read more or watch the message by Markus J. Beyrer

18/11/2021

BusinessEurope today published essential positions on the European Commission's 'Fit for 55' package to significantly deepen and broaden the decarbonisation of Europe's economy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The paper gives detailed answers on how the transition to a climate-neutral economy by mid-century can be achieved while keeping climate ambition hand in hand with industrial competitiveness. The package, President Pierre Gattaz said, will fundamentally alter the functioning of our economies. "We need swift and momentous action to meet the ambitious 2030 targets. The package entails bold steps to strengthen the ETS, to introduce a first-of-its-kind carbon border adjustment and to seek to profoundly change the market through sectoral legislations for mobility, aviation and shipping. EU business is committed", he commented, "but to make this transition economically successful, as well as socially and politically acceptable, we also need several key policy adjustments." - Read more

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