BusinessEurope Headlines No. 2020-02
“The voice of business must be heard when it comes to framing a coherent European strategy for dealing with China,” said the EU Commissioner for Trade, Phil Hogan, on 20 January at BusinessEurope’s launch event of the new strategy paper “The EU and China: Addressing the Systemic Challenge”. Commissioner Hogan welcomed BusinessEurope’s comprehensive outlook on the challenges posed by China’s state capitalism as well as the 130 detailed recommendations included in the paper. BusinessEurope’s Director General Markus J. Beyrer offered Commissioner Hogan a copy of the strategy paper, thanking him for his continuous support for the European business community. Beyrer stressed that the EU needs to secure a level playing field between the EU and China, not just by reforming the World Trade Organisation (WTO) but also by taking additional measures on bilateral trade and investment, public procurement, protection of intellectual property rights, standardisation, energy and climate. He argued that China’s government-induced market distortions ought to be addressed as the EU looks into state-owned enterprises (SOEs), industrial subsidies, overcapacity, competition policy and state aid. Finally, Beyrer highlighted how deepening the Single Market, developing an ambitious industrial strategy, investing in research and development and fostering innovation may put the EU back on track to become competitive in the global innovation race. This launch event was complemented by an additional promotional event on 22 January, co-hosted by the Member of the European Parliament Reinhard Bütikofer at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU. This event, attended by about 200 people, had the participation of Sabine Weyand (Director General, DG Trade), Fabian Zuleeg (Chief Executive, European Policy Centre), and Sabine Stracker-Kellerer (SSK Asia + MERICS). They discussed BusinessEurope’s paper after it was presented by Luisa Santos and Maurice Fermont from the International Relations Department. See the photo albums of the event on 20 January and the one on 22 January.
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- 28 January: DG ECFIN Workshop – "Fiscal rules in Europe: Design and Enforcement"
- 29 January: European Commission 2020 Work Programme
- 29 January: Enlargement methodology paper
- 29 January: Communication on 5G
- 31 January: Brexit
- 3-4 February: B7 summit in Washington D.C.