BusinessEurope Headlines No. 2017-19
European Business Summit: reforms and engagement to preserve the European way of life
Answering European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen’s call to engage in the debate on the future of Europe at the opening plenary session of the European Business Summit in Brussels, BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia said: “Compared to last year, today a more positive mood is emerging. We clearly have a lot to do to preserve our ‘European way of life’, but we are more confident in our ability to cope. I see two main reasons for it. One is a more resilient economy, with both business confidence and economic indicators pointing to an improvement. The second is the political situation in Europe and a growing support for the EU among citizens. Fixing the damage caused by years of blame game will take time. We must start immediately, there is no time to waste,” Marcegaglia concluded.
BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer was, together with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Spanish Minister of the Economy Luis de Guindos Jurado, among the keynote speakers of the European Business Summit closing plenary. “What happens outside Europe will be increasingly important, 90% of global economic growth in the next 10-15 years is expected to be generated outside Europe,” said Beyrer. “Protectionism is not the solution. We need a barrier free single market and rules-based international open trade, with reciprocal market access,” he added. Photos - Interview with Euronews
Contact: Thérèse de Liedekerke
High Level Meeting with VP Ansip and Commissioner Jourova on Privacy Shield and data protection
A balanced and reliable framework for processing personal data in Europe and transferring them to the US is essential for any business, highlighted Guido Lobrano at the 24 May meeting with European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip and European Commissioner Vera Jourova. BusinessEurope is following closely the national implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in order to ensure a harmonised set of data privacy rules for Europe. The joint work of national data protection authorities and the European Commission to provide guidance on their concrete application is crucial in this regard. In parallel, the first annual review of the Privacy Shield – which is delivering an essential and reliable framework for transatlantic data transfers – is approaching. BusinessEurope calls on the EU and US Institutions to work closely to make it successful.
Contact: Guido Lobrano
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BusinessEurope's position on anti-dumping
On 9 November 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the European Council amending the basic EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy regulations. The Commission’s document proposes to change the methodology used to calculate the dumping margin to capture market distortions linked to state intervention in third countries that conceal the true extent of dumping practices. For BusinessEurope, the EU legislation should respect the following key principles: Compliance with WTO and EU rules; objectivity of methodology, with market distortions determination based on technical criteria; effectiveness of TDI-Trade Defence Instruments in restoring a level playing field; workability for the industry, which means that no additional workload must be imposed on EU economic operators as compared to the current legislation. Moreover the level of protection for EU economic operators should not fall below the level of protection of the current methodology. While the Commission proposal abandons the presumption that certain countries are non-market economies, EU companies must be able to rely on the country or sector reports to provide prima facie evidence while filing a complaint for alleged dumping practices. Having few resources to provide the necessary evidence, SMEs are particularly vulnerable.
Contact: Luisa Santos
Joint industry statement on the harmonisation of supply of digital content rules
Differences between national rules for the supply of digital content should be tackled using full harmonisation at a reasonable level. The proposed rules should also avoid overlaps and contradictions with the existing European data protection framework and ensure legal certainty on data related aspects. These priorities are part of a joint-statement issued by BusinessEurope, EuroCommerce, DigitalEurope, EcommerceEurope, EMOTA and FEDMA in the view of the upcoming Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting of 9-10 June on the European Commission proposal on the supply of digital content.
Contact: Pedro Oliveira
European services e-card must bring concrete benefits for companies
The idea behind a European services e-card is a good one. If the services e-card system is well developed, businesses will benefit from the support of their own Member State when wanting to provide their services in another country. The card should also help to reduce administrative burden. However, for its take-up and success it is fundamental that the concrete added value of the e-card is clear. Therefore, the proposals need to be improved to ensure that the updating obligations and potential fee for the card do not outweigh its advantages. This was stressed by Jeroen Hardenbol at a workshop on the e-card organised by the EFTA Secretariat in the presence of the European Commission, EU Member States and other key stakeholders. Moreover, the views of the specific targeted sectors - namely business services and construction - need to be taken well into account. It is also important that the European services e-card remains voluntary and does not de facto create an extra layer of bureaucracy in addition to existing EU, national, regional, local and sector-specific regulation on services. The card should be an optional tool for companies that need it.
Contact: Jeroen Hardenbol
BusinessEurope to launch Circular Economy Industry Platform on 31 May
BusinessEurope will launch a new initiative called the EU Circular Economy Industry Platform during the closing session on 31 May of the EU Green Jobs Summit of this year’s Green Week, where European Commissioners Marianne Thyssen (Employment) and Karmenu Vella (Environment) will also speak. The industry platform will showcase what SMEs, industry and other business is already doing to add to Europe’s circular economy, as well as what challenges they face to move to even more circularity. A high-level follow-up event together with Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen will be held one week later on 7 June to discuss ways to further engage business and EU Member States. The Green Week will be livestreamed here and registration for the high-level event on 7 June is possible here.
Contact: Leon de Graaf
BusinessEurope presents report on the 1st year of implementation of the EU-Ukraine DCFTA
Contact: Sofia Bournou
- 26-27 May 2017: G7 summit, Taormina, Italy
- 29-30 May 2017: Competitiveness Council, Brussels
- 29 May - 2 June 2017: EU Green Week
- 2 June 2017: 12th EU-China Business Summit, Brussels