BusinessEurope Headlines No. 2019-12
On 2 April, leading business organisations from Argentina, Brazil, the EU – represented by BusinessEurope, Mexico and the USA, met in São Paulo, Brazil. They agreed that the reform process in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) needs to be accelerated and called on governments to increase their efforts as a matter of urgency. Speaking on behalf of BusinessEurope, Luisa Santos, International Relations Director said: “Our message is clear: rules-based multilateral trade and the WTO are indispensable for business. We urge governments to work on reforming the WTO in order to render it a modern, efficient and effective organisation, able to respond to the challenges of today and tomorrow”. The proposals of the business community, which may be found in the published joint statement, concentrate around five axes: 1) on the need to save urgently the dispute settlement system, focusing on the nomination, review and approval of Appellate Body members; 2) on the need to update, strengthen and modernise WTO rules, paying particular attention at trade-distorting subsidies and rules on State-Owned Enterprises, improving market access for goods and services as well as ensuring that flexibilities are available to those WTO members that need them; 3) on the need to improve the monitoring function of the WTO; 4) on improving the WTO’s rule-making function, for instance by pursuing plurilateral negotiations in order to move at a quicker pace on important issues, such as e-commerce; and 5) on launching a structured business advisory committee, as a permanent contact point between the WTO and the business community.
Contact: Sofia Bournou
Video message: Thanks to Europe
Why do we need the European Union? Should we go vote in the European elections in May this year? Looking for some answers, we talked to people from all around Europe who either run or work at companies of all sizes. Watch what they have to say about Europe.
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joint statement in Cascais, Portugal, on 2 April 2019. In this statement, social partners stressed the need for concrete actions to address the challenges faced by the member countries of the UfM. These actions should address common challenges such as job creation, skills development or migration, while taking into account significant differences that exist between the two regions.
Contact: Anna Kwiatkiewicz-Mory
Commission stakeholder expert group on public procurement, in Bucharest, Romania, on 3 April. The tasks of the expert group, to which BusinessEurope was recently accepted, is to provide the European Commission with legal, economic, technical and/or practical insight and expertise to assist in shaping public procurement policy. Main topics on the agenda were single bids and collusion. Bender underlined that supplier-friendly tendering should be a priority in the implementation of the public procurement directives.
Contact: Basje Bender
program, speakers and register to join the debate at the European Business Summit ! See you on May 6 and 7 in Brussels.
- 9 April: EU-China Summit
- 9 April: High-level conference: The Future of Work
- 9 April: EU Digital Day
- 10 April: The Single Market: Taking it seriously
- 11 April: The future of manufacturing in Europe