BusinessEurope Headlines No. 2020-05
“BusinessEurope supports the European Commission’s ambition of putting Europe on a pathway to a sustainable future through the Green Deal. A strong economic pillar will be essential, and it will be the only way to ensure that the transition is a success for European industry”, highlighted Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, in a meeting with the European Commissioner for Environment and Oceans Virginijus Sinkevičius on 7 February. The meeting touched upon the main environmental initiatives presented under the European Green Deal, such as biodiversity and circular economy. “One of the key aims for European business is to create a functioning market for secondary raw materials and circular products”, Beyrer pointed out, in line with BusinessEurope’s circular economy priorities paper. He added that it will be important to see how the circular economy action plan will link to the industrial strategy. Europe’s competitiveness will need to be at the centre of any future initiatives.
Contact: Cecilia Serrano-Piedecasas
strategy paper on Research & Innovation, Affre particularly emphasised the role of companies in developing innovation and called for more and smarter public funding, innovation-friendly legislation, skilled people and enhanced cooperation. “To deliver on the Green Deal both in terms of European sustainability and competitiveness, Europe has to address companies’ needs in terms of research and innovation and accelerate the deployment of existing technologies”.
Contact: Carolina Vigo
Contact: Eleonora Catella
addressed a letter to the European Commission this Tuesday, setting out issues that are key for future EU-Africa relations to deliver on growth, jobs and sustainable development. Our priorities include the implementation and broadening of the EU’s Economic Partnership Agreements, the creation of innovative financing instruments to leverage EU private investment in Africa, more coordinated support for education and professional training that provide people with the skills required by the labour market and stronger public-private dialogue.
Contact: Benedikt Wiedenhofer
Contact: Pieter Baert
- 19 February: European Commission Digital Communication
- 20 February: Special European Council
- 26 February: European Semester Winter Package
- 27 February: Competitiveness Council