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The Transatlantic Conference is fast approaching - find out why you should register
Feb 27, 2015 -

Register now to attend AmCham EU’s annual Transatlantic Conference taking place on March 19 2015 at The Hotel, Brussels. 

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AmCham EU organises healthcare breakfast briefing for MEP assistants & political advisers
Feb 27, 2015 -

AmCham EU’s Healthcare Committee and Remy Petitot, Assistant to MEP Françoise Grossetête, organised, on Friday 27 February 2015, a successful breakfast briefing entitled 'Access to healthcare in Europe: 2014-2019 priorities' for MEP assistants and political advisers.

The audience discussed AmCham EU healthcare policy priorities for 2015 (contribution to economic growth, medical devices, TTIP and healthcare and eHealth/mHealth) but also the new EU institutional framework after the European elections of May 2014 and the new European Commission. A follow up breakfast is likely to take place by the end of the year to further discuss cooperation, crucial to ensuring the future success of healthcare systems in Europe.

Please find more information about the Healthcare Committee here. For more information, please contact Pierre Bouygues on

Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee hosts Ana Hinojosa
Feb 26, 2015 -

On 27 February 2015, the AmCham EU Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee hosted Ana Hinojosa, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Office of International Affairs at the US Customs and Border Protection. The discussion covered regulatory cooperation, as well as the World Customs Organizations’ SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade.

AmCham EU participates in conference on 'The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership'
Feb 26, 2015 -

Andreas Galankis, Policy Director at AmCham EU, participated in the Italian Institute for International Affairs (IAI) conference on ‘The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ in Rome on Thursday 26 February 2015. The event was organized in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, ITA-Italian trade agency and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

At the event Italian government representatives reaffirmed their strong support for an ambitious and comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

A summary of the event can be found here.

Institutional Affairs Committee hosts seminar on revised Joint Transparency Register
Feb 24, 2015 -

The Institutional Affairs Committee hosted a seminar for all AmCham EU members on the revised Joint Transparency Register on February 18. Martin Ohridski, Policy Officer in the Joint Transparency Register Secretariat, outlined the main changes in the register and offered clarifications to members with questions.

Presentation of Updated Transparency Register

Mr. Ohridski began the session by offering a summary of the main changes to the Transparency Register since it was relaunched on 27 January 2015. The changes reflect the new Interinstitutional Agreement between the Commission and Parliament.

Notably, all registrants will now have to declare their costs associated with lobbying the European institutions, whereas previously this requirement had not applied to NGOs, for example. This reflects a desire to create a level playing field between all registrants. Mr. Ohridski emphasised that they only require an estimated declaration of costs, within certain bands. Further details on how to calculate the costs associated with lobbying are provided in the guidelines, linked above.

AmCham EU welcomes measures to boost access to funding
Feb 24, 2015 -

AmCham EU welcomed the Commission’s Green Paper on Capital Markets Union at its monthly plenary meeting on 24 February 2015. The plenary saw a panel discussion on Capital Markets Union as a motor for jobs and growth: the experience from the real economy in the EU and the US withPhilip Tod, Acting Head of Unit for Capital Markets Union, Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA), European Commission; Diego Valiante, Head of Financial Markets and Institutions, CEPS; Etienne Oudot de Dainville, Minister-Counsellor for Financial Affairs at the Permanent Representation of France to the EU and Richard Kaye, Managing Director and Head of Government Relations, EMEA, APAC, JP Morgan and Chair of the Financial Services Committee, AmCham EU (moderator).

During the panel, the Commission laid out its vision for Capital Markets Union, a series of initiatives to increase the supply of investment and ease access to finance for businesses in Europe. Capital markets in the EU are less developed than in the US, Japan and China, and the use of capital markets to raise finance varies widely within the EU 28.

Nikolaus Tacke re-elected as Chair of the Agriculture and Food Committee
Feb 24, 2015 -

Congratulations to Nikolaus Tacke, Public Affairs and Government Relations Director, Europe at The Coca-Cola Company on his re-election for a second two-year mandate as Chair of the Agriculture and Food Committee at AmCham EU. We look forward to his continued leadership and commitment to the priorities and objectives of the committee.

Looking ahead to the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU
Feb 23, 2015 -

AmCham EU’s Presidency Group today met with Ambassadors Braun and Friden to discuss the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU which will start on 1 July 2015.

The meeting focused on the preparations for the presidency and in particular on the policy priorities that will feature high on the agenda. As well the meeting was an opportunity for AmCham EU introduce its outreach activities towards the presidency like the delegation to Luxembourg in late spring and committee meetings with the Attachés from the permanent representation.

Financial Services Committee organises roundtable on future of US-German relations
Feb 20, 2015 -

The Financial Services Committee organised a roundtable with German-speaking MEP assistants to discuss the Future of US-German relations on February 19. The event was held in the European Parliament, under the patronage of Markus Ferber MEP, and featured a roundtable discussion in German on topics such as Capital Markets Union and TTIP.

Harry van Dorenmalen of IBM on building skills for the future
Feb 17, 2015 -


Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman of IBM Europe, discusses what IBM feel the EU needs to do to enhance skills and how a transatlantic partnership can play an important part in this.

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


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Vice President, Public Policy, Europe, Time Warner


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