Europe will only meet the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 crisis with our vital business eco-system intact and ready to drive the recovery. This will require member states to act in a spirit of solidarity. Now is the time to focus on how to recover together from this crisis. Controlling the economic impacts of the crisis whilst preserving our economies and societies requires a co-ordinated EU emergency response and an effective risk-based exit strategy. In addition, the EU and its member states must work with the social partners to immediately define a clear, ambitious, predictable and co-ordinated EU recovery plan under 4 pillars - namely an investment pillar, an economic pillar, an international pillar and a governance pillar, to create a regulatory and fiscal environment for businesses that enables them to invest, grow and create jobs.
These were the key messages by Pierre Gattaz, BusinessEurope President, and Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General, in a virtual meeting with the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 15 May