BusinessEurope Headlines No. 2019-23
“Europe needs a more strategic approach on industrial policy”, said Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General, to an audience of more than 300 guests at the European Steel Day on 26 June 2019 in Brussels at the panel on “The state of EU industry: transition in an era of geopolitical, economic and environmental challenges”. A clear message from the panel was that the growing trade tensions and subsidised global overcapacities put the steel sector under pressure. In reaction to this, Beyrer made clear that the way forward is to ensure that EU industry is strong enough to face foreign competition while restoring a level playing field. Therefore, the EU should focus on innovation and on defining rules to effectively address distorting state subsidies in the context of a reformed and effective World Trade Organisation (WTO). Reacting on the sometimes aggressive strategies based on unfair trade practices by the USA and China, Beyrer made clear: “Europe does not have to follow these models, but needs to be more proactive and more assertive to be competitive and tackle the upcoming challenges.”
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strategic agenda will be actually delivered”, he added, recalling that the EU leaders stressed the EU could not afford to under-utilise the potential of a market of half a billion people, particularly in the area of services. Short-term difficulties cannot be invoked as an argument against a long-term strategy, the leaders claim, and the delivery – read implementation – is yet again likely to be the most important word in the coming years. The European Commission should make the key highlights from the Forum available in the coming days.
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panel on long-term climate strategies and how to get all of society involved. He made his remarks on 25 June during the annual technical climate change negotiations in Bonn, alongside panellists from the European Commission, national governments and civil society. De Graaf added that “effective policy on climate change is about investing in education and reskilling our workforce, it’s about creating public acceptance for the energy transition, keeping the electricity bill of households manageable, and making sure other economies become as ambitious as Europe”.
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- 28-29 June: G20 Summit in Japan
- 30 June: EU Summit
- 1 July: Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU
- 3-5 July: B7 Summit
- 8 July: BusinessEurope event A trade strategy fit for the 21st century