“A strong economy is key to build a fair and sustainable Europe”, BusinessEurope's President Pierre Gattaz said at the Tripartite Social Summit on 16 October in Brussels. The main topic of the summit was "Progressing on the social and economic dimensions for a competitive, fair and sustainable Europe: The role of social partners and social dialogue". President Gattaz added that “the economic outlook is deteriorating. It is more urgent than ever to put our economic house in order. European companies are delivering solutions to ensure prosperity, while taking care of people and the planet. But to fully play their role in society, they need a supportive environment”. Getting the social dimension right is crucial if the EU is to deliver for people. Important priorities in this respect are to better meet companies’ changing skills needs, and to ensure the sustainability of national social protection in Europe. Speech - Photos
European companies are at the forefront of delivering sustainable solutions that can ensure prosperity, while taking care of people and the planet. To fully play their role in society, they need a supportive environment. Strengthening of the European economy requires to mobilise four main drivers of our prosperity: pursuing policies favourable to innovation and investment in Europe, defending the achievements of our Single Market, continuing our efforts to further strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union and continuing with an ambitious and clear international trade policy - Read our message to the European Council. The European Council meeting will be a decisive moment regarding Brexit. No-deal Brexit is a recipe for disaster and must be avoided. We call on both sides to undertake all reasonable efforts to agree on feasible options that can ensure an orderly exit and rule out the disastrous scenario of no-deal Brexit. Read the letter
To contribute to the debate on a modern and more effective WTO, BusinessEurope published a paper illustrating the importance of trade in services for manufacturers. The paper includes nine real-life examples of individual companies showing the close interconnection between trade in goods and trade in services. "Trade in services and trade in goods are indissociable", President Pierre Gattaz said. "Through globalisation and technological innovation, services play a crucial role in manufacturing: services such as logistics are supporting global value chains, services such as software and design are an integral part of goods, and services such as customer care are supplied together with goods. A trade policy fit for the 21st century can no longer ignore this reality."
"What happens in the next 5 years will be incredibly important to increase the chances to reach climate neutrality by around mid-century. Doing so will require everyone – businesses, governments and civil society – to step up their efforts”, BusinessEurope Director for Industrial Affairs Alexandre Affre said at the event “Reaching climate neutrality: Framework conditions and actions on how to get there”, on 2 October in Brussels. BusinessEurope, he added, put forward 5 framework conditions and related actions that European businesses believe are crucial to get us there. They include (1) the recognition of different conditions and starting points for EU Member States, (2) the development and deployment of innovative technologies, (3) large-scale availability of affordable, low-carbon energy, (4) the adaptation of consumer behaviour and public acceptance for the low-carbon energy transition, and (5) the convergence of global climate ambitions. - Photos
"EU leaders need to prioritise research and innovation in the next Multiannual Financial Framework. The budget for Horizon Europe will be a clear expression of the ambition", BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said at the EU Research and Innovation Days on 26 September in Brussels. The event gathered researchers, scientists, innovators and policy-makers from all around Europe. Gattaz pointed out that for more than 30 years, the European research programmes have been demonstrating their added value in many fields, from climate to health projects. "Let’s be very ambitious and increase the Horizon Europe budget to at least €120 billion”, he said.