On the blockage of Belgium to sign the CETA agreement between the European Union and Canada, BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia commented: “The European Business Community calls on all parties to live up to their responsibility in defending the collective interest of Europeans and protect Europe’s credibility in the world.” “We still can and we have the duty to urgently bring home the best trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated,” said BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia. “Going forward we will have to rethink our governance and to make sure that a small minority cannot take the whole continent hostage for short-sighted political considerations”, President Marcegaglia added.
“Energy is crucial for competitiveness. European companies have high expectations from the upcoming power market reform. It needs to re-incentivise investments in the power sector and take firm actions to reduce the power price differential with main competitors.” said Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General, at the high-level event organised at the Slovak Permanent Representation in Brussels on 24 October 2016. Attended by the Slovak Ambassador Alexandre Micovčin, Commissioner Arias Canete and many speakers from industry, member states and academia, the participants discussed key challenges of the power market today and tomorrow, the role of capacity mechanisms and future policy framework to make renewable energy a success story in Europe. Conference details - Photos - Videos
Speaking at the Tripartite Social Summit on 19 October, in presence of President Tusk, President Juncker and Slovak Prime Minister Fico, BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia underlined that the challenges facing Europe are unprecedented and that we need to increase growth and employment, improve security, tackle migration issues and deal with the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Ahead of the European Council meeting on 20-21 October, President Marcegaglia stressed the importance of trade, saying “If we don’t bring home the agreement with Canada and shoot our common trade policy in the foot, we cannot win our battle for competitiveness, growth and employment“. Together with the other social partners, she also clearly said that “companies and workers must not pay the price for Brexit. We want to maintain as close as possible economic relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, but not at the expense of the integrity of the Single Market. There can be no cherry-picking between the four freedoms”. Read more - Speech - Photos - Photo copyright: European Union
Our Autumn Economic Outlook points out that European business federations expect the recovery
of the European economy to continue in the coming months despite an increasingly challenging international environment. So far, the UK's vote to leave the EU appears to have not significantly damaged business confidence.
However, it is crucial to mitigate long-term Brexit consequences.
“The business community expects pragmatism, reform, openness, reciprocity, and cooperation”, President Emma Marcegaglia told policy-makers at the 6th EU-China High Level Economic Dialogue hosted by European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen and Chinese Vice-Premier Ma Kai. “China and Europe need to work together and reciprocate in terms of openness because businesses operate in a global ecosystem”, she continued. In an era of increased economic uncertainty, China and Europe need to reflect on how each can be a source of stability and prosperity for the other, and for the world. BusinessEurope remains committed to the global rules-based trading system, but we have to demonstrate that trade makes sense and that trade delivers jobs and growth. This is a key area where Europe and China need to work together, particularly in the context of the WTO.
It is widely acknowledged that legal certainty is paramount for businesses and consumers to feel encouraged to engage in the single market. Whilst supportive of the aim the geo-blocking proposal to boost cross-border e-commerce, the business community points to the need for adjustments in the proposal, especially regarding applicable rules, for instance in terms of after-sales services and legal guarantees. Businesses also urge policy-makers not to overlook the objective of tackling fragmentation in the single market, as this is the real root cause of geo-blocking and differential treatment. These messages came out of today’s joint BusinessEurope - EuroCommerce Roundtable on geo-blocking. The event brought together Members of the European Parliament, Commission officials, the EU Presidency, national Permanent Representations and company representatives to discuss the practical implications of the Commission proposal and the way forward. Today, BusinessEurope also launched a video where Director General Markus J. Beyrer comments on geo-blocking in the single market. Position paper - Video - Photos
“The European business community strongly believes in the future of Europe. We are and want to be part of the solution. But in order to be able to fully play their role in society, European companies need a supportive environment. Making concrete steps and introduce reforms to build a better Europe is more urgent than ever” said BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia during her intervention in the German-Italian Business Forum organised by BDI and Confindustria in Bolzano on 13 October 2016, in presence of Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda and the Presidents of BDI, Ulrich Grillo and Confindustria, Vincenzo Boccia. During the forum, BDI and Confindustria signed the Competitiveness Pact “Reviving economic growth and social cohesion in Europe”. For President Marcegaglia there are three key words to answer companies and citizens’ concerns about their future in Europe: unity, prosperity, and security. Photos
The breakfast event “CETA: Why it Matters to EU Companies” organized at the European Parliament on 13 October by BusinessEurope and hosted by MEP Artis Pabriks raised awareness on the expected benefits of CETA for European enterprises, including small ones. Company representatives described the increased opportunities of doing business with Canada and how their companies plan to seize them. CETA is a forward-looking and highly ambitious agreement in a number of areas that are important for the EU and Canada and is in the mutual economic and strategic interest. Therefore BusinessEurope calls for a swift implementation of the agreement. Photos
“All the big challenges facing us today - security, migration, the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, under-investment, climate change, economic and social development - have an international dimension. Efficient solutions can only be found if we work together at European level.” said BusinessEurope President Marcegaglia during her intervention in the Annual Public Assembly of Confindustria Mantova, in presence of Italian Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda and the President of Confindustria Vincenzo Boccia. She added “We must fully support the EU trade policy. For decades, trade has brought large benefits to EU companies as well as citizens and should continue to do so. An immediate challenge is to ensure a rapid signature and implementation of the CETA agreement with Canada and to continue negotiations to conclude an ambitious and comprehensive TTIP with the United States”. Photos
“It is key to prevent investments from flowing out of Europe. BusinessEurope supports a meaningful carbon price, but today’s survey confirms that there is an associated investment leakage risk with this.”, Director General Markus J. Beyrer said today in response to BusinessEurope’s first carbon pricing survey that finds a large majority of European companies (71%) would consider reducing investments in Europe when the EU ETS carbon price increases. Director General Beyrer added, “That is why, it is pivotal that the EU ETS Directive is properly equipped to respond to the challenge of investment leakage.” He made his remarks at a high-level conference on the issue at the Permanent Delegation of the Netherlands, co-organized by MEP Ivo Belet and under the auspices of the Slovak Presidency. Press Release - Survey - Conference details - Photos - Video highlights