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Competition Committee members meet with US Federal Trade Commissioner
Nov 21, 2014 -

On 20 November, AmCham EU's Competition Policy Committee met with Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen from the US Federal Trade Commission. Committee members discussed issues related to intellectual property and antitrust enforcement in China, measures to promote transparency and procedural fairness, as well as building capacity on the due process in China by the International Competition Network and the OECD. Members also discussed recent developments in the field of net neutrality.

AmCham Germany release first in a series of TTIP videos
Nov 21, 2014 -

AmCham Germany has released its first TTIP video. The video is but one of a series of planned TTIP videos to be produced by the Chamber. In the video Arndt G. Kirchhoff, Chief Executive Officer of Kirchhoff Automotive GmbH, explains why TTIP is important for Germany as an export nation.

Jury meets to select the winner of the 2014 AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award
Nov 21, 2014 -

On 21 November, the jury of the 2014 AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award, organised in collaboration with Junior Achievement-Young Entreprise (JA-YE Europe), met to select the winner of this year's award, who will be featured at the Agenda for Action 2014 Scorecard event on 11 December.

Jury members included Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director-General of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General, European CommissionSusan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU; Christian Morales, Vice President, General Manager EMEA, INTEL; Eva Paunova, MEP; Eric Peeters, Vice President, Emulsions, Powders and Blends, Dow Corning; John F. Sammis, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Mission to the EU; and Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief, Financial Times.

Environment Committee meets with Member State Competent Authorities on RoHS2 Substance Restrictions
Nov 20, 2014 -

AmCham EU hosted two workshops with Member State Competent Authorities from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK, to discuss RoHS2 Substance Restrictions. The discussions focused on the current process of new substance restrictions as well as the ongoing work on the methodology for RoHS2.Topics including REACH/RoHS overlap, timing of restrictions, availability of substitutes and the position of the individual member states were discussed. 


Latvia is ready for the challenge
Nov 20, 2014 -

Speaking at AmCham EU’s November Plenary luncheon on Tuesday 18 November Ambassador Ilze Juhansone, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the EU told members that Latvia is ready to take the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 January 2015. The Ambassador highlighted the historical significance of holding the Presidency for Latvia, which has overcome much adversity in the last twenty years -  from gaining independence from the USSR to joining NATO to accession to the EU in 2004. The Latvian Presidency will focus on three priorities: Competitive Europe; Digital Europe; and Engaged Europe. These three priorities provide a framework for the Presidency work programme. In particular the Ambassador mentioned the need to facilitate and encourage investment to spur economic growth and to create jobs in Europe.

The Presidency of the European Council : From Van Rompuy to Tusk
Nov 19, 2014 -

The November Plenary panel focused on the evolving role of the European Council and the priorities and challenges facing President-designate Donald Tusk. On the panel were Ambassador Jean De Ruyt, Senior European Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP and Basil Coronakis, Editor and CEO of New Europe and the moderator was Karim Lesina (AT&T) Vice-Chair of AmCham EU. The discussion focused on several key issues: Ukraine, Russia and external relations; economics and balance of power within the EU.

Fruitful collaboration with AmCham Poland on environmental and climate issues
Nov 19, 2014 -

On 13 November, members of the AmCham EU Environment Committee met with representatives of AmCham Poland in Warsaw. AmCham EU's Environment Committee presented the key priorities its members are currently working on, namely REACH and consistency of environmental legislation, air quality, conflict minerals as well as climate issues. AmCham Poland outlined the core priorities they were focusing on, which includes climate and energy issues, air quality, waste and resource efficiency. joins AmCham EU
Nov 18, 2014 -

AmCham EU is pleased to welcome its 164th member, Amazon's membership was confirmed at the latest AmCham EU plenary meeting on 18 November.

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


Welcome to Louise Harvey (FTI Consulting), new Board member of AmCham EU
Nov 06, 2014 -

 AmCham EU is delighted to announce that Louise Harvey has been elected member-at-large (lawyer/consultant) of the AmCham EU Board. Louise is Senior Managing Director in the FTI Consulting Strategic Communications practice and has over 20 years experience in this sector. 

Before moving into public affairs consultancy, Louise worked for thirteen years for the British Foreign Office. She worked on European issues including UK/France bilateral relations and EU relations with third countries and had postings as a diplomat in Kuala Lumpur, Dar es Salaam and The Hague.


Welcome to Maximiliano Santy, Operations Director
Nov 06, 2014 -

AmCham EU is delighted to welcome Maximiliano (Max) Santy, Operations Director, who is joining the senior management of AmCham EU in this new position. Max has moved from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) where he was Head of Business Operations. Max has previously worked for Tyco Electronics (TE Connectivity) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in both Argentina and Belgium.

What is being said about AmCham EU...

 "AmCham EU is on the cutting edge of European policy-making; membership is a must for any American business operating in Europe."


Claudio Murri,
Vice President, Public Policy, Europe, Time Warner


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