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Messages to the European Council

The European Council defines the overall political direction and priorities of the European Union. It plays a key role in forging a consensus on goals and policies of the European Union. The conclusions it adopts during European Council meetings, chaired by the President of the European Council, Mr Donald Tusk, identify the issues to be tackled and actions to be taken.

Ahead of every European Council meeting dealing with issues affecting companies, BusinessEurope and its members discuss these issues and define what they expect the European Council to do in order move the EU agenda forward and deliver a better Europe for companies and citizens.

Publications

Press releases Date
October Council should not become a lost chance for a Brexit deal 15/10/2018
EU Summit should act against protectionism and strengthen the EU 27/06/2018
Polish judicial reform – independent judiciary crucial for democracy and the economy 19/07/2017
We warmly congratulate President Tusk on the renewal of his mandate 09/03/2017
Crisis-hit EU needs stronger economic base to handle challenges 11/12/2015
Public letters Date
Avoiding a cliff-edge Brexit scenario and putting our EU house in order - Message to the European Council meeting on 17-18 October 2018 12/10/2018
United, strong and smart to strengthen the EU and tackle protectionism - Message to the European Council meeting on 28-29 June 2018 20/06/2018
Message to the European Council on 22-23 March 2018 - Ten years after the crisis improving competitiveness is more important than ever 21/03/2018
Message to the European Council on 14-15 December 2017 - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council 01/12/2017
Message to the European Council on 19-20 October 2017 - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk 17/10/2017
Message to the European Council meeting on 22-23 June 2017 - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk 22/06/2017
Message to the European Council meeting on 9-10 March 2017 27/02/2017
Message to the European Council meeting on 15 December 2016 - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk 09/12/2016
Unity, prosperity and security in an increasingly challenging international environment - Message to the European Council meeting on 20-21 October 2016 - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk 14/10/2016
BusinessEurope's message to the Bratislava summit on 16 September 2016 13/09/2016
Message to the European Council meeting on 17-18 March 2016 - Only with a strong economy can Europe face its many challenges 15/03/2016
Message to the European Council meeting on 18-19 February 2016 - Now is a time for European solutions 12/02/2016
Message to the European Council meeting on 17-18 December 2015 11/12/2015
Message to the European Council meeting on 15 October 2015 - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk 09/10/2015
Message to the euro summit on 22 June 2015 and EU Council meeting on 25-26 June 2015 - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk 19/06/2015
Message to the European Council meeting on 19 March 2015 - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk 16/03/2015
EU investment plan - Message to the European Council meeting on 18-19 December 2014 - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Donald Tusk 15/12/2014
Donald Tusk takes office as President of the European Council - Congratulation letter from Emma Marcegaglia and Markus J. Beyrer 01/12/2014
Strengthening investment requires reforms and competitive climate policies - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Herman Van Rompuy in advance of the European Council meeting on 23-24 October 2014 17/10/2014
Fewer priorities and bolder actions for competitiveness - Letter from BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia to Herman Van Rompuy ahead of the European Council on 26-27 June 2014 18/06/2014
Europe is walking; the rest of the world is running - BusinessEurope statement to the Spring European Council on 20-21 March 2014 07/03/2014
Give growth a chance: combine national and European reforms - BusinessEurope statement to the Heads of State and Government in view of the European Council meeting on 27-28 June 2013 25/06/2013
Fiscal consolidation must be accompanied by growth-enhancing reforms and focus upon reductions in public expenditure - BusinessEurope message to the Spring European Council on 14-15 March 2013 14/03/2013
Act now to restore confidence and boost competitiveness - Message to the EU Council meeting on 13-14 December 2012 12/12/2012
Towards a genuine economic and monetary union - Letter from President Jürgen R. Thumann to Herman Van Rompuy ahead of the European Council meeting on 18-19 October 2012 15/10/2012
Spring European Council on 1-2 March 2012 - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Herman Van Rompuy 29/02/2012
Informal European Council on 30 January 2012 - Letter from President Jürgen R. Thumann to President Herman Van Rompuy 27/01/2012
Special European Council on 4 February 2011 - Letter from President Jürgen R. Thumann to Herman van Rompuy 24/01/2011
Position papers Date
The EU needs a coherent global strategy and must tackle uncertainties dampening recovery - BusinessEurope statement 01/06/2016
Last updated: 7 July 2016