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AmCham EU is recruiting!
Oct 27, 2014 -

AmCham EU is looking for a talented Policy Officer and a creative Communications Officer. Deadline for applications is Thursday, 6 November 2014.

The European Parliament Made Simple
Oct 27, 2014 -

AmCham EU released the online version of its European Parliament Made Simple guide, which was launched in early October 2014. This guide's purpose is to explain the Parliament’s expanded powers and roles, for both the Brussels policy community and public affairs professionals in the EU and US.

Monthly message from Susan Danger, Managing Director
Oct 27, 2014 -

 

 

Welcome to John Wiley & Sons and Synopsys, newest members of AmCham EU
Oct 27, 2014 -

At its October plenary, AmCham EU welcomed two new members, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and Synopsys, Inc., taking membership to new levels with a total of 163 member companies. AmCham EU is happy to welcome Wiley and Synopsys and wishes them a fruitful integration to the organisation's activities.

AmCham EU secretariat visits UTC Fire & Security and AmCham Spain
Oct 27, 2014 -

On 23-24 October, the AmCham EU secretariat was welcomed by the team of AmCham Spain in their offices in Barcelona. The AmCham EU team also visited the UTC Fire & Security facility. The team wishes to thank Aida Casamitjana, Executive Director of AmCham Spain, as well as Jurgen Van Goethem, President F&S products EMEA, UTC; Luc Janssens, Product Director Fire, UTC; and Jonna Byskata, Director Government Relations Europe, UTC for hosting the team and for fruitful discussions and presentations.
 

Video message from Karl Cox, newly elected Chair of AmCham EU
Oct 27, 2014 -

 

 

AmCham EU staff raises funds for Amnesty International
Oct 27, 2014 -

On 18 October, a team of AmCham EU staff raised funds for Amnesty International at the Brussels Ekiden marathon. It is not too late to donate! Many thanks to our contributors.

AmCham EU welcomes Karl Cox, new Chair of the Board
Oct 22, 2014 -

On 21 October, AmCham EU hosted a welcome reception for Karl Cox (Oracle), new Chair of AmCham EU. More than 150 members, stakeholders and friends joined to congratulate Mr Cox on winning the election and to hear about his hopes and projects for AmCham EU in the coming years.

AmCham EU hosts stimulating plenary on the contribution of healthcare-related technologies to Europe 2020
Oct 22, 2014 -

On 21 October, AmCham EU held its October plenary, where the official handover of the Chair of AmCham EU took place, with Karl Cox (Oracle) taking over the role for a mandate of two years.
 
The keynote speaker for the event was Nicole Denjoy, Secretary General of COCIR (European Coordination Committee of the Radiological, Electromedical and Healthcare IT Industry), who spoke on the progress of revising the medical devices regulation and the challenges facing innovation and Healthcare ICT in the European Union, in particular when it comes to the use of structural funds by EU Member States.

Great attendance at AmCham EU's Young Professionals Networking Evening
Oct 17, 2014 -

AmCham EU hosted the successful second edition of its Young Professionals Networking Evening on 15 October. At the informal networking evening in Microsoft’s new Innovation Centre, around 120 young professionals from the European institutions, AmCham EU member companies and the AmCham EU Secretariat enjoyed drinks and music from the NATO Shape International Band in a relaxed atmosphere. The event took place thanks to the sponsorship of 3M, Microsoft and UPS.

AmChams in Europe holds highly successful Best Practice Conference in Bratislava
Oct 17, 2014 -

On 8-11 October, the American Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic (AmCham Slovakia) hosted the AmChams in Europe Annual Best Practice Conference 2014 in Bratislava. The conference saw executive leaders from more than 33 AmChams across Europe in attendance for a comprehensive two-day program consisting of informative best practice sessions, TED speeches, a number of high-level guest speakers and a Slovak cultural program.

The future of competition policy discussed at AmCham EU
Oct 16, 2014 -

AmCham EU’s Competition Policy Conference on The Future of European Competition Policy took place on 14 October at AmCham EU offices in Brussels. For its 31st edition, the conference focused on the priorities that could be advanced by the next College of Commissioners.

During his keynote address, Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition and State Aid, reflected on the past five years of his tenure and gave some insights about what could be the future priorities of the Commission in this area.

Karl Cox elected new Chair of AmCham EU
Oct 15, 2014 -

Karl Cox, Vice-President, Global Public Affairs at Oracle Corporation, has been elected as AmCham EU's new Chair.

A dual French-American citizen, Cox began his career with AmCham EU in the early 1980s and has been an active member ever since, currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Presidency Group. Before joining Oracle, where he is responsible for leading the corporation’s public policy activities with governments and stakeholders across the globe, Cox held a number of public affairs positions in the Information Technology industry over a period of 25 years in both Brussels and Paris.

AmCham EU hosts its first Membership Orientation Session
Oct 10, 2014 -

On Tuesday, 7 October, AmCham EU hosted its very first Membership Information Session. Recently joined members and prospective members were invited to AmCham EU’s newly renovated offices to hear Liam Benham, Vice-President, Governmental Programs, Europe, IBM & Policy Group Chair of AmCham EU; Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP & Vice-Chair of the Board of AmCham EU; and Susan Danger, Managing Director of AmCham EU.

AmCham EU launches its new EP Made Simple Guide
Oct 10, 2014 -

AmCham EU officially launched its European Parliament Made Simple Guide at a reception at the European Parliament in Brussels on 7 October 2014. The reception provided an excellent opportunity to bring together AmCham EU members, MEPs and political advisers of the European Parliament. The reception began with a keynote address from the Chair of Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee (IMCO), Vicky Ford (ECR, UK), followed by speeches from Susan Danger, Managing Director of AmCham EU and Hendrik Bourgeois, Chair of AmCham EU.

AmCham EU meets with US Congressional Delegation
Oct 10, 2014 -

On Monday 6 October 2014, AmCham EU met with a Congressional Delegation of the US House Committee on Ways and Means, led by Chairman Dave Camp. Chairman Camp was accompanied by Representative Kevin Brady, Representative Erik Paulsen and senior staff members. The delegation conveyed its strong support for the ongoing negotiations for a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

AmCham EU runs for Amnesty International at Acerta Brussels Ekiden
Oct 06, 2014 -

On 18 October 2014, a team of six AmCham EU staff members will be running the Acerta Brussels Ekiden marathon, and we are taking this opportunity to collect donations for Amnesty International. Please consider supporting us by donating to this worthwhile cause and/or by being present on the day of the run to cheer for the AmCham EU team. Thanks in advance for your support!

Monthly message from Susan Danger, Managing Director
Oct 01, 2014 -

This month, Susan is introducing AmCham EU's newly revamped office and discussing the many activities going on at AmCham EU and the EU institutions.

AmCham EU meets with ECON Committee MEP assistants at the European Parliament
Sep 26, 2014 -

On 25 September, AmCham EU hosted a roundtable discussion with MEP assistants and policy advisers on the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.

AmCham EU reaches a record-high number of member companies
Sep 26, 2014 -

At this month’s plenary, AmCham EU voted in three new member companies, taking for the first time its membership above the 160-member threshold. AmCham EU is delighted to welcome cabinet DN, Marsh & McLennan Companies and McGuireWoods LLP.
 
Is your company interested in joining AmCham EU? Contact David Weemaels, Membership Officer.

AmCham EU holds well-attended plenary on trade policy
Sep 24, 2014 -

On 23 September, AmCham EU held its September plenary with keynote speaker Marc Vanheukelen, Head of Cabinet to EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, who spoke about trade policy and the value of multilateral agreements. The plenary’s opening address was delivered by His Excellency Dr Angelos Pangratis, EU Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

AmCham EU remains a key stakeholder in the conflict minerals debate
Sep 19, 2014 -

AmCham EU has continued its advocacy effort with regards to the EU initiative on the responsible trading of conflict minerals, which includes a draft Regulation setting up an EU-wide system of responsible sourcing. A series of outreach meetings with Permanent Representation attachés is ongoing, and a meeting was also held with Elizabeth Jaffee, US Mission to the EU Financial Economist covering the topic, who has been active on the issue since 2008.

AmCham EU meets with the ESMA and AMF on financial instruments legislation
Sep 18, 2014 -

A delegation from AmCham EU’s Financial Services and Company Law Committee travelled to Paris to meet with Laurent Degabriel and Rodrigo Buenaventura of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and with Sonia Cattarinussi of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) to discuss the implementation of the recently agreed Markets in Financial Instruments legislation (MiFID). AmCham EU conveyed a number of concerns related to trade transparency provisions and measures related to commodities, trading venues and inducements in these productive meetings.

AmCham EU is looking for an Executive Assistant and a Membership Officer
Sep 15, 2014 -

AmCham EU is currently looking to fill the positions of Executive Assistant to the Managing Director and Membership Officer. The deadline for applications is Friday, 26 September 2014. Best of luck to all applicants!

High expectations that Juncker’s team will put Europe back on track
Sep 11, 2014 -

Following the announcement of the nominees for Jean-Claude Juncker’s first College of Commissioners, the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) welcomes the focus and ambition reflected in the nomination of his new team. 

AmCham EU applauds commitment to multi-stakeholder model at IGF in Istanbul
Sep 09, 2014 -

More than 3,000 delegates gathered at the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) last week in Istanbul to discuss the important issues pertaining to the growth of the global Internet. AmCham EU was pleased to see the continued commitment to the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance by diverse stakeholders across the globe. In particular, participants called for renewal of the IGF’s mandate in 2015 and stronger commitments to its funding.  

European journalists get briefed on TTIP by AmCham EU and BUSINESSEUROPE
Jul 24, 2014 -

AmCham EU, together with BUSINESSEUROPE, played host on 18 July to a corps of European journalists for a press briefing on the sixth round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between US and EU trade representatives, held last week in Brussels. The group of journalists from both print and radio were selected by the US Department of State and the US Mission to the EU to be part of the TTIP Journalist Exchange Program, a group that is covering the negotiations both in Brussels and the United States. The journalists come from ten of the EU Member States, including Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain.

Build skills for Europe’s future to kick-start jobs and growth
Jul 17, 2014 -

The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) joins newly elected Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in calling for decisive action to accelerate European growth over the next five years.

Following his election as the next president of the European Commission, AmCham EU offered its congratulations, and welcomed his aim of renewing the Commission as a strong institution which will lead the way on major policy challenges.
 

US judicial redress for EU citizens: an important step in the right direction
Jul 17, 2014 -

On 25 June 2014, Eric Holder, US Attorney-General, announced that the Obama administration intends to introduce legislation to allow EU citizens the right to seek judicial redress in US courts in cases where their personal data has been wrongfully disclosed when transferred to the US for law enforcement purposes. This legislation would grant EU citizens the same right to judicial redress that US citizens have under the Privacy Act.
 

AmCham EU is recruiting!
Jul 15, 2014 -

AmCham EU is looking for a Communications Officer to begin in Fall 2014. For more information on the role and how to apply, please click here