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Winner of the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award 2014 discusses his business
Dec 19, 2014 -

Pastora Valero re-elected as Chair of the Digital Economy Committee
Dec 17, 2014 -

Congratulations to Pastora Valero, Senior Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs, EMEAR, Cisco on her re-election for a second two-year mandate as Chair of the Digital Economy Committee at AmCham EU. We look forward to Pastora’s continued leadership and commitment to the priorities and objectives of the committee.

AmCham EU releases Agenda for Action 2014 Scorecard
Dec 12, 2014 -

On 11 December, AmCham EU held its flagship conference, 'Reinvigorating the European Economy', bringing together business leaders, senior EU policymakers, academics and entrepreneurs to debate on how Europe is faring in fostering jobs, growth and innovation.

The conference saw the release of AmCham EU’s Agenda for Action - 2014 Scorecard, which is an assessment of Europe’s performance in the five key action areas to enhance growth and competitiveness, as identified in our Agenda for Action 2014-2019 report.

Spanish startup PYNK SYSTEMS wins AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award
Dec 12, 2014 -

AmCham EU is pleased to announce that PYNK SYSTEMS, a Spanish startup producing ergonomic office spaces, is the winner of the 2014 AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award. This annual award is organised in collaboration with Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE Europe) and aims to showcase young people with entrepreneurial talent. The award, which includes mentorship from a number of AmCham EU’s Executive Council members, was presented to David Mata, founder of PYNK SYSTEMS, by Eva Paunova MEP and Patrick Deconinck, President of 3M Europe, at the AmCham EU Agenda for Action Scorecard on December 11. 

This year’s mentors include: Marco Comastri, President EMEA, CA Technologies; Aongus Hegarty, President EMEA, Dell; Nigel Lewis, Vice President, EMEA Distribution Services Division, Caterpillar; Christian Morales, Vice President, General Manager EMEA, INTEL; Eric Peeters, Vice President, Emulsions, Powders and Blends, Dow Corning and Peter Ryan, Senior Vice President and General Manager for HP Enterprise Group (EG) in EMEA, and Managing Director for HP EMEA.

Presidency Group meets with Latvian Government representatives in Riga
Dec 12, 2014 -

From 3-5 December 2014 the Presidency Group was in Riga for a series of meetings with representatives from the Latvian Government to discuss the preparations and priorities of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Latvia will hold the Presidency during the first half of 2015 for the first time since joining the EU in 2004. Holding the Presidency is always a challenge and opportunity and it was clear from the meetings which took place that the government is fully prepared and anxious to make progress and close several of the open files in the Council. During the two-day delegation the Presidency Group met with several key figures of the Latvian government including the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Health. Meetings were also held with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s office, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Transport.

AmCham EU welcomes European Commissioner Karmenu Vella to plenary on environmental legislation
Dec 09, 2014 -

On 9 December, AmCham EU held its final plenary of the year and was honoured to welcome keynote speaker Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, who presented his upcoming priorities in the field of environmental policy, including chemicals, circular economy, biodiversityand more. The Commissioner stated that a strong economy and a strong environment go hand-in-hand, and that they are two sides of the same coin; while there are different perspectives on how to succeed in ensuring this dual goal, to do so is imperative.

He outlined the objective of the new commission as obtaining a triple A rating of the EU economy, while also ensuring a triple A rating for the environment. He also emphasised that in the environmental field Europe is clearly not starting from scratch, with plenty of legislation already in place, and that the Commission is currently in the process of assessing and simplifying this.

Interel joins AmCham EU
Dec 09, 2014 -

AmCham EU is pleased to announce that it will end 2014 with a new record of 165 members, having confirmed Interel’s membership at the latest AmCham EU plenary meeting on Tuesday 9 December. We look forward to welcoming Interel to AmCham EU activities.

Is your company interested in becoming a member of AmCham EU? If so, please contact Stephanie Schretlen, Senior Member Relations Officer, for more information.

AmCham EU hosts workshop on the responsible sourcing of conflict minerals
Dec 05, 2014 -

On Thursday 4 December 2014, AmCham EU hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop together with the African Forum in Brussels – Mazungumzo on the responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict affected areas.  The event brought together over 55 participants, including AmCham EU members and industry representatives, European Commission and Parliament representatives, member state and U.S. government officials and members of the NGO community, who all had the opportunity to exchange views during an open floor debate. The workshop was moderated by Meglena Mihova (EPPA), Chair of the Environment Committee of AmCham EU. 

AmCham EU holds 2nd Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy conference
Dec 03, 2014 -

On 2 December AmCham EU hosted the 2nd Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy conference with panels on The Digital Transformation: Setting the framework for an efficient and Innovative Europe and Policies for data-driven business models (Internet of things, big data, clouds). 

Keynote addresses were delivered by Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minster and Minister for Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda and Telco, Belgium, Robert Madelin, Director-General, DG Connect, European Commission and John Sammis, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Mission to the EU. 


US Ambassador to the UK meets with AmCham EU committee leaders
Dec 01, 2014 -

The Honorable Matthew Barzun, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, met with a group of AmCham EU committee leaders on 1 December to discuss the UK-EU relationship and TTIP. The Ambassador emphasised the need to employ ‘visual storytelling’ in order to convey the impact that trade can have on citizens’ lives. Furthermore, he stressed that the private sector has a role to play in countering the perception that trade agreements such as TTIP benefit only narrow groups in society.


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