BusinessEurope and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) on 21-22 September in Beijing co-hosted the first dialogue between business leaders, former officials and leading academics from both sides to exchange views on how to improve the economic and trade relationship between the EU and China. The EU delegation, including BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer, had the opportunity to meet the Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai today.
Businesses across Canada and the European Union are welcoming today’s provisional implementation of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). A progressive free trade agreement that covers nearly all sectors and aspects of Canada-EU trade, CETA will benefit consumers, businesses and citizens by eliminating tariffs and non-tariff barriers, encouraging investment, opening procurement markets, recognising professional qualifications, and promoting sustainable development. “This agreement is truly a game-changer,” said The Honourable John Manley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada. “CETA is a land-mark deal that opens unprecedented opportunities for European companies”, said Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope.
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“To embrace benefits of digitalisation, all Member States need to achieve employment regulations that are sufficiently flexible to help companies create jobs and adapt to changing economic circumstances. There is no need for new EU social directives”, BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer said during the conference “Future of work: making it e-easy“, organised by the Estonian Presidency in Tallinn on 13 September. Policy-makers and social partners, he addded, can help companies and workers grasp the benefits of digitalisation. Improving digital skills in particular is an economic and social priority to increase labour productivity and enable workers to evolve or move into the newly created jobs. Moreover, diverse contractual arrangements are essential to match the needs of both employers and workers, and Member States may need to adapt social protection systems to make them sustainable and facilitate labour market mobility. Photos - Video on event's debate
Ahead of European Commission President Juncker’s speech on the State of the Union on 13 September 2017, BusinessEurope today launched the paper “The way forward: the business vision for the future of the European Union”. The business contribution to the debate on the future of Europe was unveiled by and discussed with BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia and Director General Markus J. Beyrer at a press conference in Brussels. President Marcegaglia commented: “Europe is one of the best places to live, work, and do business in the world. And this is not by chance. The European Union made the European way of life possible. BusinessEurope and all its member federations are strong supporters of the European project, and we have been at the forefront of its construction from the very beginning. We do believe that improving and adapting the European project is a continuous process. But for this, Europe must be a place where we find common answers to common problems.” Read more - Photos - Video
Expected to be ratified in 2018, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is one of the most ambitious agreements the European Union has ever negotiated with a developing country. A reflection on its possible impact was launched on 7 September in Brussels during the conference “The EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement: what’s in it for European enterprises and Vietnam’s reform process?”, jointly organised by BusinessEurope, EuroCham Vietnam and the EU-Vietnam Business Network. “The EU-Vietnam FTA is a very ambitious and positive agreement. We trust the deal will serve as an example for future agreements with other trading partners in the region” said Markus J. Beyer, Director General of BusinessEurope. Read more - Photos
In times of fast technological progress, and a fast-changing political and economic context at the global level, Europe must be ready to face the impacts of these changes and support its industry. With half of European business in global value chains, this should be done, not by becoming inward-looking, but by creating the conditions for industry to adapt quickly and anticipate future trends. This important topic was discussed during a breakfast event at the European Parliament on 6 September. “We do acknowledge that a number of initiatives have been taken by the European Commission on industrial policy. But more ambitious work is necessary to develop a horizontal and integrated EU industrial strategy that can steer positive change without hurting our industry”, said Markus J. Beyer, Director General of BusinessEurope. Read more - Photos
“Confidence and growth, France is the future!” was the theme of this year’s Summer University of MEDEF – BusinessEurope’s French member association. The Summer University took place on 29-30 August 2017 at the campus of Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris. BusinessEurope Director General Markus J. Beyrer at the event commented: “The theme of the event reflects the current positive and action-oriented spirit of the European business community. Today both business confidence and economic indicators point to an improvement and also investment is picking up. To sustain this trend all EU countries need to continue efforts to implement structural reforms, and strengthen public finances to put Europe back on a higher long-term growth and job creation path. The French reform plans are, not the least due to their political weight, a strong signal for the whole Europe and their success will be of crucial importance to spark this dynamic across the Union.”