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28/06/2017

Presenting BusinessEurope’s priorities for the Estonian Presidency to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: “Europe must grasp the opportunity presented by the improved economic and political climate, focus on priorities that unite and build the foundations for stronger and more secure growth across the European Union. We look forward to working with the Estonian Presidency to bring about unity through balance”. Together with the Director General of the Estonian member federation, Tomas Tamsar, Beyrer also met with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government Chief Information Officer, Siim Sikkut. He emphasised that, as a frontrunner in digitalisation, Estonia is well placed to help the EU reach a genuine Digital Single Market. Photos

20/06/2017

 - Only effective trade defence instruments will restore level playing field -

Today, the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament has voted to better protect the European Union against dumped and subsidised imports from countries not members of the EU. BusinessEurope supports today’s INTA Committee vote. Markus Beyrer Director General of BusinessEurope said: "Today's vote is a good signal because European business needs effective trade defence instruments that are workable for the industry and that restore a level playing field. The vote paves the way for trilogue discussions with the Council and the Commission.” Read more

19/06/2017

“Our organisations should work together to enhance companies’ role in very promising areas where the EU and Latin America could and should intensify cooperation by promoting inclusive and sustainable growth”, said Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, at the 28th Meeting of the Presidents of the Ibero-American Employers Organisations (CEIB-OIE) on 19 June in Madrid. José Luis Káiser Moreiras, Director General for International Trade and Investment of the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, and Roque Benavides, President of the National Confederation of Private Business of Peru (CONFIEP) also participated in the panel. BusinessEurope believes that the framework for business cooperation should be expanded to ensure that companies are well aware and taking full advantage of existing opportunities in the two regions. Read more

13/06/2017

Opening the event, Markus J. Beyrer said: “This shows our joint commitment to regulatory dialogue and regulatory cooperation that is so important in the EU-Japan trade and investment relations. Japan and the EU have a lot to share and to learn from each other. This meeting enables an open exchange and understanding of each other’s positions. Hopefully this will have a positive impact on the current negotiations of a free-trade agreement between the EU and Japan”. The automotive, chemicals, digital and railway sectors participated in the meeting. Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director-General of DG Grow, and Kazuo Kodama, Ambassador of the Mission of Japan to the European Union, represented the European Commission and the Japanese government respectively. The Japanese delegation was headed by Akira Shimizu, Chairman of Planning & Coordinating Sub-Committee, Committee on Europe of Japan Business Federation Keidanren. At the end of the meeting, BusinessEurope and Keidanren issued a joint releasePhotos

07/06/2017

“Member states have to engage effectively with businesses, each other and the EU institutions to make sure that circular economy is not just a Brussels discussion. In this context, it is vital that we understand the challenges that member states and their businesses face”, BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said at an event on circular economy on 7 June. BusinessEurope has launched the European Circular Economy Industry Platform to highlight these challenges and what SMEs, industry and other businesses are doing already. “Raising awareness and inclusiveness is key in making sure Europe as a whole shifts to a circular economy and grasps its huge socio-economic potential”, Beyrer added. Other keynote speakers were Irmfried Schwimann, Deputy Director-General at DG GROW, European Commission; Kęstutis Sadauskas, Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG Environment; and Alexandre Affre, Director of Industrial Affairs at BusinessEurope. Photos

02/06/2017

“EU industry and business strongly support the objective and architecture of Horizon 2020. For its next period, the EU framework programme must build on its achievements, in particular the three-pillar structure covering the whole research and innovation eco-system”, Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope, stressed at a bilateral meeting with European Commissioner Carlos Moedas on 2 June. “Companies are committed to investing in innovative projects with a clear European added value”, she added. For this to happen, keeping financial support to all-sized companies in the succeeding programme will be of utmost importance. BusinessEurope recently published a number of key recommendations for the design of the next EU research and innovation framework programme.
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02/06/2017

“Despite current political challenges, which we cannot overlook, the EU and Russia remain partners and should find ways to cooperate on issues of common interest”, Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, stated in the context of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on 2 June 2017. Talking during the high-level panel “Europe in the crossroads: risks and opportunities”, Beyrer gave a positive perspective highlighting successes like long-term peace and the single market, that had a tremendously positive impact on EU citizens in the past decades. He also pointed to challenges that still lie ahead of us. To be able to cope with them, he underlined the importance of a renewed industrial policy, an effective trade policy and a strong foreign policy, particularly with countries in our neighbourhood.

28/06/2017
News
BusinessEurope’s priorities for the Estonian Presidency
20/06/2017
Press releases
Trade vote aims at protecting against dumped and subsidised EU imports
19/06/2017
Speeches
Strengthening cooperation between business organisations in EU and Latin America
13/06/2017
Speeches
BusinessEurope and Keidanren hold the 6th sector-to-sector meeting
07/06/2017
Event
Inclusiveness is key in shift to circular economy in Europe
02/06/2017
News
President Marcegaglia meets Commissioner Moedas
02/06/2017
Speeches
Beyrer in St. Petersburg: important to sustain dialogue with Russian partners

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