BusinessEurope Headlines No. 2019-40
BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz and Director General Markus J. Beyrer with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to present and discuss the business priorities for the von der Leyen Commission. At a time when Europe is facing a number of internal and external challenges, business is looking forward to constructively contributing to a Europe that provides opportunities for all. At the meeting, which took place on 19 December, President Gattaz stressed that a flourishing economy and a business-friendly environment is a prerequisite to reach our environmental and social ambitions. Only if we make our European model successful also economically we will be able to lead the way and promote the sustainable European way of life in the world.
Contact: Jasmin Ploner
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position paper in view of the forthcoming European Gender Strategy, announced by the Commission. We wish to highlight the issues that should be central to the development of the renewed EU strategy on gender equality, as well as the role of EU and national policies in this field.
Contact: Jessie Fernandes
Contact: Luisa Santos
BusinessEurope’s strategy paper, the Commission should move forward in four priority fields: i) more and smart public investments, ii) innovation friendly legislation, iii) skilled people and iv) enhanced collaboration.
Contact: Carolina Vigo
industry-government cooperation for climate action, the German industry association BDI reiterated the importance of creating a competition for low-carbon technologies in order to rapidly reduce the costs of such technologies. The second side event showcased state-of-the-art EU company technologies to decarbonise heavy industry, transport and mining. Several speakers highlighted the opportunities for Europe to ramp up green hydrogen production, for example by setting the right standards and norms, investing heavily in low-carbon electricity capacity, and making EU regulation fit-for-purpose.
Contact: Leon de Graaf
Contact: Pieter Baert
The fruitful dialogue with the EPO on the quality and future developments of the European patent system was highly appreciated. Similarly, the open exchange with the EUIPO Deputy Executive Director, Andrea Di Carlo, on the priorities and initiatives under the ambitious EUIPO Strategic Plan SP2025 was highly valued.
These meetings have further confirmed and strengthened the long-standing and effective relationships between these important European IP authorities and BusinessEurope, whose position as permanent observer to the EUIPO’s and EPO’s governing bodies also represents the strong commitment with the work of these IP offices.
Contact: Elena Bertolotto
- 1 January: Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU
- 13-16 January: World Future Energy Summit
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