Launching BUSINESSEUROPE’s Spring Economic Outlook today, Director General Markus J. Beyrer commented: “Our latest forecast includes two positive signs: We have indications that consumers are slightly more confident about their future. And companies are increasingly seeking money to finance new investments. But I fear that access to finance will become an increasingly biting constraint once the economy picks up”. “The improved outlook is largely a result of fortunate circumstances such as the decline in oil prices and the weaker euro. To maintain a stronger recovery over the long-term, Europe must reduce structural obstacles to investment, competitiveness and growth”, Beyrer added.