BusinessEurope Headlines No. 2019-37
“We strongly encourage China’s reforms towards giving the market a more decisive role and opening up its economy to the world”, BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said addressing the 3rd China-EU CEO and Former Senior Officials' Dialogue in Beijing, where he and Director General Markus J. Beyrer led a delegation on 25-26 November. There is a growing appreciation in Europe that the balance of challenges and opportunities in our bilateral relationship has shifted. To address this, the EU and China will have to cooperate more and better and build a level playing field on the basis of multilateral rules and reciprocal market access. “A fairer and more dynamic relationship between the EU and China would be enormously beneficial to the Chinese economy”, Gattaz told Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua. See the join statement.
What were the main achievements of the Juncker Commission on trade and what are the main challenges for the next political cycle? Watch representatives of BEUC, ETUC, BusinessEurope and the European Commission commenting on this.
Watch what representatives of Mota-Engil and BASF - companies that are already investing in Africa - believe is needed to attract European business to the region.
Contact: Antonia Bierbaumer
2019 SME Assembly in Helsinki. The discussion, which also featured the participation of the European Commission, a Finnish entrepreneur and a representative from the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), highlighted that the dialogue between public authorities, large companies and SMEs is crucial to the development of business ecosystems with SME participation and to support trade promotion. Another key point concerned the contribution of GVCs to sustainability. Being part of GVCs in which large companies promote sustainable trade helps SMEs embrace sustainability. Sustainability means a good balance between economic, environmental and social objectives. See the event pictures.
Contact: Daniele Olivieri
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BusinessEurope, represented at the meeting by Elena Bertolotto, Legal Advisor for Intellectual Property, welcomed the Strategic Plan SP2025 highlighting the extensive involvement of users in the consultation process that has led to its adoption. “BusinessEurope supports the EUIPO’s efforts to increase quality of its products and services, and its contribution to a stronger IP system, efficient enforcement and better understanding of IP rights in the increasingly global and digital environments”, she said, adding that the creation of a new programme focused on Small and Medium Sized Entreprises (SMEs) is also welcome.
Contact: Elena Bertolotto
- 1 December: New European Commission takes office
- 2-13 December: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - COP25 in Madrid
- 12 December: UK general elections
- 12-13 December: European Council