Europe is our core business since 1958
The European business community has supported the European integration process from the very start, already during the negotiation process for the Treaties of Rome. Right after these Treaties came into force, the leading business federations of the six initial member states on 28 February 1958 founded the "Union des Industries de la Communauté Européenne - UNICE" with the aim of accompanying the political process launched by the Treaties of Rome. The first meeting of UNICE (since 2007 BusinessEurope) took place on 1 March 1958.
In 2018, to commemorate the organisation's 60th anniversary, a photo album has been produced, which outlines the milestones in the history of both BusinessEurope and the European Union. The timeline inside the album demonstrates that Europe has been our core business since 1958 and that business often set the pace for further European integration.
On this occasion, we also wanted to recall that entrepreneurship plays a crucial role in society and, on BusinessEuropeDay 2018 on 1 March in Brussels, published a statement of values, outlining freedoms and values that to BusinessEurope and its members are essential to have thriving European economies and societies. "The value.s of business" was the main focus of the day, as underlined by President Emma Marcegaglia in her introductory speech.