Increased openness to trade and investment is a competitiveness driver that can support the renewal of European industries and their success in rapidly developing business areas and key growth markets. During the economic crisis trade has been an engine of growth and job creation. Although there is still room for improvement, including in getting more companies engaged in extra-EU export activities, more than 750,000 firms are already exploring business opportunities outside the EU.
BusinessEurope defends an ambitious trade agenda, advocating for an improved access to third markets. More and better trade means more possibilities for companies to grow and invest, leading to more and better paid jobs in the EU but also abroad. Therefore business needs to be at the forefront of an efficient and ambitious trade policy.