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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. 

Click here to register

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.

AmCham EU committee elections
Feb 16, 2015 -

Imelda Vital (Amway) has been confirmed as Chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee for another two-year term; Bart de Boeck (Caterpillar) is the new Vice-Chair of the Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee and Renato Addis (EPPA) will serve another term as Chair of the Institutional Affairs Committee. We welcome Imelda, Bart and Renato's contributions to their respective committee’s priorities and objectives.

Monthly message from Susan Danger, Managing Director of AmCham EU
Feb 10, 2015 -

 

Christian Morales discussing the role of innovation in restoring competitiveness
Feb 09, 2015 -

Christian Morales, Vice–President Intel EMEA, on how industry is an important part of the innovation and creativity process. 

He believes that while investments in new technologies have been crucial in bringing Europe back to competitiveness more investments must be made into industry so that both pillars could be combined going forward.

AmCham EU is recruiting!
Feb 09, 2015 -

AmCham EU is looking for a Policy Officer to begin in April 2015. For more information on the role and how to apply, please click here.

Matthew Murray discusses his recent trip to Ukraine
Feb 05, 2015 -

 

 

Matthew Murray, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, discussing his recent trip to Ukraine and what is being done there to improve the business climate.

MEP Zalba and MEP Mosca co-host roundtable discussion on investment protection in TTIP
Feb 04, 2015 -

On Tuesday 3 February, during the week of the 8th round of TTIP negotiations, a roundtable discussion, held in the European Parliament, brought together speakers from the European Commission, Corporate Europe Observatory, SciencePo Paris and Repsol for an in-depth discussion on investment protection in TTIP. 

The constructive discussion with the diverse audience from the European Parliament and stakeholders made clear why this is one of the most debated topics of TTIP at the moment. Both MEPs Zalba (ESP, EPP) and Mosca (IT, S&D) stressed the importance of a TTIP agreement and the need for an investment chapter that sets the global standard. By hosting this roundtable discussion, both groups contributed to this important debate and demonstrated that they take into account and want to address the concerns of EU stakeholders.

AmCham EU hosts Trade Commissioner Malmström
Feb 03, 2015 -

As part of the Business Alliance, AmCham EU was delighted to host Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade, on Monday 2 February at a reception advocating for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). 

Malmström stated that the proposed economic partnership between Europe and the United States would create unrivaled economic opportunities. She explained that TTIP would boost economic growth, create regulatory efficiency and strengthen common transatlantic values.

AmCham EU Board of Directors meet with VP Timmermans' Head of Cabinet
Feb 02, 2015 -

On Thursday 29 January, the AmCham EU Board of Directors met with Mr Ben Smulders, Head of Cabinet to Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Sustainability.

AmCham EU Board members were able to engage in a productive discussion with Mr Smulders and the meeting involved an exchange of perspectives on current topics on the European Commission’s agenda. They particularly appreciated hearing about and further discussing the new institutional framework, the Better Regulation agenda and the 2015 Commission Work Programme.

The EU's €315 billion investment plan - First AmCham EU plenary of 2015
Jan 29, 2015 -

On 27 January, AmCham EU held its first plenary of the year and was honoured to welcome keynote speaker Alessandro Carano, Adviser to the Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission. He presented the need for President Juncker's €315 billion investment plan at this time to reverse the downward trend of investment in Europe. He outlined three pillars of a true recovery in Europe: the ability to mobilise financing for investment, ensuring that financing can reach the real economy and the improvement of the general investment and business environment.

Julian Nebreda discusses the challenges facing the creation of an attractive internal market
Jan 29, 2015 -

Julian Nebreda, President of AES EMEA, discusses one of AmCham EU’s key action areas under the Agenda for Action 2014-2019, that of ‘Driving integration to create an attractive internal market’.

He sees two major challenges facing Europe in the creation of an attractive internal market: A need for additional investment in infrastructure and an economy that is constantly changing.

APCO Worldwide and Pitney Bowes Ltd join AmCham EU
Jan 27, 2015 -

AmCham EU is pleased to kick off 2015 with two new members. APCO Worldwide and Pitney Bowes Ltd’s memberships were confirmed at the latest AmCham EU plenary meeting on Tuesday 27 January. We look forward to welcoming them both to AmCham EU.

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 conference on customs and border security risk management
Jan 20, 2015 -

On Tuesday 20 January 2015, AmCham EU hosted a conference on Facilitating Secure Trade and Economic Growth- Customs and Border Security Risk Management. The event brought together over 60 participants including AmCham EU members, industry representatives and European Commission members.

The conference started with an opening address by Heike Barczyk, Deputy Director Compliance and Facilitation, World Customs Organization, who discussed among other issues SAFE framework of standards, coordinated border management system and how to ensure the security of EU citizens by providing them with genuine goods.

Click on the picture to watch our video interview with keynote speaker Heinz Zourek, Director General, DG Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission, who provided insight on the harmonised VAT reform and the need for IT solutions, benefits for the Authorised Economic Operators and the growing influx of counterfeited goods from both outside and inside Europe.

AmCham EU welcomes Commission report on consultation on ISDS
Jan 13, 2015 -

The European Commission has published its report on the consultation on investment protection and ISDS in TTIP. In response to this report AmCham EU has: co-signed an op-ed with BusinessEurope, European Services Forum (ESF), Transatlantic Business Council (TABC), and European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), published on Euractiv; co-signed a joint statement, together with fourteen other EU and US associations and issued a press statement

Karl Cox discussing the results of the Agenda for Action scorecard
Jan 08, 2015 -

Karl Cox, Chair of AmCham EU, discusses AmCham EU’s Agenda for Action scorecard which was launched on December 11 2014. The scorecard is an assessment by AmCham EU member companies of Europe’s performance throughout 2014 in five key areas: Building skills for the future; Driving integration to create an attractive internal market; Embracing revolutionary change for industrial leadership; Developing new models of innovation and entrepreneurship; Leading by example towards global integration. 

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.