Tomorrow’s Environment Council meeting can be a decisive step in reforming of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).
BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer commented:
“BusinessEurope has constantly called for an EU ETS that delivers cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions through a meaningful carbon price, and simultaneously safeguards global competitiveness of Europe’s industries”.
“The Reform details have been discussed time and time again and an agreement tomorrow would be an important step forward. But this should not be done at any price.”
"To remain competitive SMEs need to have the best access to the single market. We should not increase the high administrative burdens and uncertainties. In the digital single market for instance, many SMEs will struggle to cope with the European Commission’s geo-blocking proposal. Therefore, the proposal needs to be improved. Traders should be able to rely on their own country rules when they sell across borders", Director General Markus J. Beyrer said during the conference ‘Is the EU single market SME-friendly? What do SMEs actually need?’ on 21 February in Brussels. BusinessEurope organised the event to discuss the challenges and opportunities SMEs face in the European single market, e.g. in the digitalisation process and when dealing with complex taxation issues. Other panellists included the Maltese Minister for Economy, Investment and Small Business, and President of the EU Competitiveness Council Christian Cardona, entrepreneur Marta Marti Carrera and Deputy Director General of DG Growth Irmfried Schwimann. Photos - Programme
"Strong actions by EU’s main competitors to promote industrial policy objectives should be a wake-up call for Europe to rethink its own industrial strategy. We must do things better and look at competitiveness in all its dimensions", BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer told ministers and state secretaries at the Competitiveness Council today. "Although there are diverging views on industrial policy, the conclusion cannot be to do nothing. We need a common way forward". Full speech
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"We welcome the European Parliament’s vote making this long awaited agreement a reality", Markus J. Beyrer, BusinessEurope Director General, commented after today's decision on ratification of the CETA deal between the European Union and Canada. The agreement, so far the most progressive one concluded by the EU, was approved by MEPs with 408 votes in favour, 254 against and 33 abstentions. "The vote cast today shows Europe is able to deliver to its citizens and ready to open up opportunities for them in these turbulent times", Mr Beyrer added during a meeting with François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's International Trade Minister. CETA will be an engine of economic prosperity for the EU and Canada and will also bring our people and cultures closer together. With protectionist trends growing stronger by the day, the EU has sent a clear signal that it is open to partners willing to share its values and vision about global trade. Together, the EU and Canada not only open their markets, but also pave the way for a reformed trade agenda, one that will harness globalisation to the benefit of society at large. Read our press release
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“A strong and competitive industry is crucial to weather the challenges our union is facing. Therefore, we need coordinated action at the EU level and must materialise the signs of movement in the EU institutions now”, BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia said at the International Industry conference in Berlin on 7 February 2017. The conference was organised by the Alliance for the Future of Industry, which serves as a lighthouse for a structured dialogue on industrial competitiveness at the EU level. The new German Federal Economic Minister Brigitte Zypries and European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen also addressed the audience. Photo gallery
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“China can demonstrate leadership when needed. We saw this during its G20 chairmanship, in China’s support for the Paris Climate Agreement, and in President Xi’s speech at Davos. Now we ask China to take charge of rebalancing its relationship with the EU, to reciprocate on market access and investment facilitation, and to play its part to uphold the multilateral trading system”, Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope, said at a business seminar on China hosted at BusinessEurope. He welcomed Commissioner Malmström, who highlighted that Europe’s offer to China is one of open trade, but free and fair trade based on values and reciprocal market access. Jörg Wuttke, President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, focused on China’s domestic economy and concluded that despite slowing growth, China still has the opportunity to undertake important reforms, but it needs to muster political will before the window of opportunity turns critical. Photo gallery
“We need more investment in Europe to fight unemployment, the first cause of inequalities, and the single market is essential to attract investors. We need more European unity, more openness to trade, and we need to streamline industrial competitiveness in all European policies. EU leaders must work together to defend the collective interest of all Europeans” BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia said during a meeting with the Maltese Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat. On 30 January, just a few days before the informal meeting of EU heads of state or governments on the future of Europe in Valletta, she and Director General Markus J. Beyrer, together with the Malta Chamber of Commerce - MCCEI’s President Anton Borg and DG Kevin J. Borg, met Mr Muscat. The meeting focused on BusinessEurope’s contribution to the debate on the future of Europe as well as on the priorities for the Maltese presidency. Read more
Seven decades of peace and stability in Europe is a historic and exceptional achievement. The European project and the construction of the European Union, which created a union among the peoples of Europe and, step by step, tied together European states with a common purpose, made this possible. During these times of geopolitical instability, economic problems, rising populism and extremism, the European Union must be the place where we look for answers and not where we lay the blame for the difficult moments we live today. In BusinessEurope’s recommendations on the Future of Europe, the European business community puts forward concrete proposals on how to achieve a united Europe that delivers.