BusinessEurope has proposed 50 actions to be taken during the first 100 days in office of the future European Commission to start delivering a Europe with opportunities for all. The first 100 days of the new Commission are crucial in showing businesses and citizens that the Commission is ready to deliver. Businesses provide 80% of the jobs and empower the European way of life. We are and want to be part of the solution to build a Europe with opportunities for all. Faced with an increasingly challenging world economic outlook and rising trade tensions, it is essential that the new Commission soon develops the blueprint for a comprehensive effort to strengthen the economic base of the EU and an EU industrial and growth strategy. See here the concrete actions proposed.
BusinessEurope visited Australia and New Zealand to demonstrate its strong commitment to concluding ambitious and comprehensive free-trade agreements that also reinforce Europe’s presence in the region. More than economic benefits, these agreements have a strategic importance as European business is keen to work with like-minded partners that believe in open markets and rules-based trade. Photos
Business presents new tool to improve consumer information
Today the European business community presents its voluntary tool to inform consumers better when they’re shopping online. The aim is to help companies find good ways to present their information to consumers including standard terms and conditions. The tool was developed in the spirit of the ‘2018 New Deal for Consumers’, and agreed by the business organisations expert group. This initiative was facilitated by the European Commission, which today published its own guidance on the ‘Unfair contract terms’ directive to improve online shopping. The European business voluntary tool includes practical examples through a “Consumer Journey” – a graphic that helps businesses understand at which stage the information should be given and how it could look like in order to be easily understandable, including mandatory consumer information. Read more
Today, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen as new President of the European Commission. BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said: "The European business community congratulates Ursula von der Leyen on her election as President of the future European Commission. We look forward to working with her and the future Commissioners to build the innovative and entrepreneurial European society needed to strengthen our economy and shape the emerging new global order according to our common European values. Strong leadership will be needed to create the conditions to have healthy and profitable companies, encourage the development of people’s talents, and pursue competitiveness-friendly policies to preserve our planet." With its congratulation letter BusinessEurope has proposed 50 actions to be taken during the first 100 days in office of the future European Commission to start delivering a Europe with opportunities for all.
"Agreements with key trading partners like Canada, Japan and Mercosur have been concluded and important legislation has been adopted. We congratulate the outgoing Commission for the impressive progress achieved", Director General Markus J. Beyrer said at the BusinessEurope event "A trade strategy fit for the 21st century" on 8 July in Brussels. The aim was to promote a discussion on the achievements under the current trade policy of the EU and the priorities that should be set for the future, under the new European Commission and European Parliament. The EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, delivered a keynote speech and participated in a panel debate. "The new Commission will have to operate in a complex and challenging environment in global trade. Businesses and other civil society stakeholders have an important task to help identify priorities for an effective EU trade policy and we stand ready to contribute", Beyrer stated. - Photos
“We operate in an increasingly complex and challenging environment both politically and economically, in Europe, and around the world. Together business and governments can deliver solutions to 21st-century challenges such as global trade, climate change, digitalisation and inequalities”. This was the key message conveyed by BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz to French President Emmanuel Macron on 3 July. The meeting took place in the context of the B7 summit organised by Medef with the participation of business leaders from all G7 economies. They gathered in Aix-en-Provence for 2 days of discussions on trade, climate change, inequalities and cybersecurity. “The digital transformation is making our lives easier, but an increasing concern is cybersecurity; we need coordinated international action now”, Gattaz said during a dialogue on digital transformation. The participating business organisations issued a joint statement at the end of the B7 summit.
BusinessEurope today called for a new kind of European governance to better coordinate national policies and reforms on employment and social protection through a deeper cooperation between social partners, the European Commission and member states. Presenting the latest strategic paper on the future of the social dimension in Europe, Director General Markus J. Beyrer said: “We can be proud of the European social model. The EU has the highest investment in social protection compared to other parts of the world. But only if our European companies can successfully compete globally, they will be able to carry on creating and sustaining good jobs, inclusive growth and wealth”.