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Gender balance in the workplace discussed at April plenary
Apr 24, 2015 -

AmCham EU held its monthly plenary meeting on gender diversity on 21 April 2015; members were joined for a keynote address by Monika Ladmanová, Adviser to Commissioner Vera Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.

Ms. Ladmanová addressed the topic: “Gender balance in the workplace: how to close the gap?” and she also discussed Commissioner Jourová’s priorities for the next five years in the area of gender diversity. Ms. Ladmanová wanted to stress, in particular, that the gender equality aspect of Ms. Jourová’s portfolio was as important as the Justice part.

Prior to the keynote, a panel composed of Martine Ferland, Senior Partner at Mercer, and Anja Nürnberger, Division Manager for Air Compliance, Dangerous Goods & Ground Handling Procurement at UPS Germany, discussed “Effective business strategies to move gender balance forward”. The panel was moderated by Elke Duden, Counsel at Linklaters LLP and Chair of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee at AmCham EU.

Competition Committee meets with U.S. Federal Trade Commissioner McSweeny
Apr 23, 2015 -

On Wednesday 22 April 2015 members of the Competition Policy Committee of AmCham EU met with Terrel McSweeny, Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission of the United States. The group shared views on the cooperation taking place between EU and U.S. anti-trust enforcement authorities; they agreed that work between the two had improved in recent years. There are still, however, discrepancies between the standards adhered to in the European and American jurisdictions and the rest of the world, particularly in the emerging markets. The discussion also touched upon the tensions between innovation, intellectual property, and antitrust enforcement.

In-depth discussion on Regulatory Cooperation in TTIP at joint EPP-S&D roundtable
Apr 23, 2015 -

On Tuesday 21 April 2014, representatives of the European Parliament, industry and civil society gathered in the European Parliament for a roundtable discussion on regulatory cooperation in TTIP. The event, co-hosted by MEP Zalba (SP, EPP) and MEP Mosca (IT, S&D ) and supported by AmCham EU, brought the different voices in the current debate on this topic together for an in-depth discussion.

Ms Maria Åsenius, Head of Cabinet Commissioner Malmström, explained the Commission’s objectives for horizontal regulatory cooperation and for nine specific sectors in the TTIP negotiations. Ms  Åsenius stressed that the EU and US’ right to regulate is not up for debate.  The Director General of BEUC, Ms Monique Goyens, expressed her conditional support for TTIP and explained some of the concerns and questions BEUC has with regards to the effects of transatlantic regulatory cooperation through TTIP. Currently working on a paper on this specific topic, Mr Jacques Pelkmans, Senior Research Fellow CEPS, framed the debate in a wider context and added academic background to the many questions on regulatory cooperation in TTIP.  A representative from BASF, Mr Paul-Michael Bever, gave a few examples of unnecessary duplicative measures which currently serve as barriers to their transatlantic trade.

Juhan Lepassaar addresses Digital Economy Committee
Apr 17, 2015 -

Juhan Lepassaar, Head of Cabinet for Vice-President Andrus Ansip, European Commission, was the guest speaker at the Digital Economy Committee on Friday 17 April. The discussion focused on the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy that will be launched by Vice-President Ansip on 5 May.

Susan Danger discusses TTIP in interview with EurActiv
Apr 15, 2015 -

Susan Danger, Managing Director AmCham EU, took part this week in an interview with EurActiv where she discussed how MEPs have the chance to make a robust contribution to the TTIP agreement but must listen to stakeholders and carefully think twice before diluting aspects of the agreement that are in fact key to its success.

Read full interview here

Healthcare Committee meets with US Congressional Staff Delegation
Apr 10, 2015 -

A delegation of the Healthcare Committee of AmCham EU met on Tuesday 7 April with Mary-Sumpter Lapinski, Health Policy Director for the majority staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP Committee) and Grace Stuntz, FDA Policy Advisory.

The overall objective of the meeting was for the US Congressional Delegation to better understand how innovative drugs and medical devices are put on the market in Europe and to compare the US and EU approaches to ensure safe and fast access to innovative drugs. In particular, the discussion focused on the Innovative Medicines Initiative, adaptive pathways, identification of biomarkers, and how to ensure that regulatory authorities benefit from the best possible expertise.

For more information, please contact Pierre Bouygues at the AmCham EU Secretariat (

Hendrik Bourgeois discusses the benefits of TTIP on CCTV America
Apr 09, 2015 -

Hendrik Bourgeois, Chair of the AmCham EU TTIP Task Force, discusses the benefits of TTIP on CCTV America.

'Clinical trials regulation: one year later': AmCham EU’s healthcare seminar to assess where we stand
Mar 30, 2015 -

The Healthcare Committee of AmCham EU and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center organised a successful seminar on 'Clinical trials regulation: one year later' on Thursday 26 March.

The seminar was an opportunity for Prof. Meir Pugatch to present in Brussels his new report for the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center Clinical Data and Disclosure Policies: The European Union, Member States, and International Best Practices.The report is available here.

Further to the presentation of the report and a Q&A, Sini Eskola (EFPIA), Anastassia Negrouk (EORTC),Roberta Savli (EFA), Dr. Diederick Slijkerman (NL Medicines Evaluation Board) and Alexander Roediger, (MSD - Chair of our Healthcare Committee),discussed the implementation both at EU and national level of the clinical trials regulation in particular with regard to transparency rules. One of the key questions structuring the discussion was whether the success of the regulation could already be assessed, in particular its 3 main objectives: building trust, improving healthcare and making the EU an attractive place for doing research. Participants agreed that only time will provide answers to this question.

The broad attendance of the seminar showed the still acute interest for these issues while the regulation was adopted a year ago.

March plenary meeting takes place with keynote address from Dominique Ristori
Mar 25, 2015 -

AmCham EU welcomed the European Commission’s recent adoption of an Energy Union framework strategy at its monthly plenary meeting on 24 March 2015, with a keynote address delivered by Dominique Ristori, Director-General of DG Energy at the European Commission.

During his speech, Mr Ristori stressed the need for Europe to reduce its energy dependence and placed emphasis on the value of a strategic energy partnership between the US and EU.

AmChams in Europe hold their annual Brussels Policy Briefing
Mar 23, 2015 -

AmCham EU welcomed over 40 guests representing 25 AmChams from around Europe to the 12th Annual Brussels Policy Briefing from 18-20 March 2015. As in previous years the Briefing coincided with AmCham EU’sTransatlantic Week  which allowed the Briefing programme to include the Transatlantic Reception on Wednesday 18 March and the Transatlantic Conference on Thursday 19 March.

The Briefing emphasised the importance of the AmChams in Europe network and in particular the cooperation and coordination on policy among the Chambers. The Briefing programme included several sessions on many policy areas including digital, environment, energy, healthcare and investment to just name a few.

The Briefing also included a Roundtable discussion on TTIP which featured the participation of the European Commission and the US Mission to the EU. The Roundtable also provided an opportunity for Chambers to highlight some of the projects and advocacy they have been engaged in at the local level. Other highlights of the Briefing were a presentation on the EU’s top priorities by Louise Harvey, the visit to the Google Europe office and the closing lunch with the Editor-in-Chief of soon to be launched Politico Europe. Overall, the Briefing provided a great opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices among the Chambers and to plan more joint advocacy.

What is being said about AmCham EU...

 "AmCham EU is one of the best EU forums, helping decision-makers, business leaders and other stakeholders to shape the European agenda, and conveying this debate outside Brussels."


Christophe Leclercq,
Publisher, EurActiv


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