Mission and priorities
BusinessEurope is the leading advocate for growth and competitiveness at European level, standing up for companies across the continent and campaigning on the issues that most influence their performance. A recognised social partner, we speak for all-sized enterprises in 35 European countries whose national business federations are our direct members.
The organisation is headquartered in Brussels at the heart of the EU institutions. We work on behalf of our member federations to ensure that the voice of business is heard in European policy-making. We interact regularly with the European Parliament, Commission and Council as well as other stakeholders in the policy community. We also represent European business in the international arena, ensuring that Europe remains globally competitive.
10 priorities for the European Commission 2014-2019 - Put competitiveness first
Ten political priorities should lead the European Commission and its President Jean-Claude Juncker to improve the investment climate in Europe and encourage job-creating entrepreneurship. In its message to the new European Commission (28 October 2014, .pdf/2.9 MB), BusinessEurope identified these ten priorities. European companies count on the new European leaders to adopt and implement the necessary measures swiftly to improve competitiveness.
BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer added: "The Juncker Commission should focus on competitiveness and should fully embrace the objective of generating at least 20% of EU GDP in industry by 2020. We need an ambitious trade agenda, better governance and competitive energy prices".
Vision for a globally competitive EU in 2019
BusinessEurope message ‘Picture a Global Europe’ sets out a vision of the EU in 2019 and calls upon decision-makers to help make this vision a reality.
We are convinced that by acting together in the European Union, our economies and societies are stronger. European companies want to invest in Europe and throughout the world. EU policy-makers must help business create the jobs, investment and opportunity that will secure our global future by urgently implementing competitiveness, growth and employment-enhancing policy changes throughout Europe.
Commenting on the publication, BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia said: “Europe is at a turning point. We have spent the last five years essentially in crisis management mode, looking inward and tackling internal EU problems. We must now look outward, ensuring that Europe becomes more competitive on the global stage, in order to create the prosperity that both business and citizens aspire to.”
BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer added: “Europe is slowly returning to growth, but progress is slow. Companies are driving recovery, but require a policy framework that encourages investment and expansion. With a sharper focus on competitiveness, the EU can achieve more substantial annual growth and renew its position as a global economic power.”
The BusinessEurope message refers to a number of key policy areas where Europe should improve its performance: energy, innovation, competitiveness, talent, internal and external trade, financial stability and entrepreneurship. It identifies areas where Europe has fallen behind its global competitors and has the potential to improve its performance with a renewed political effort.