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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.
 

AmCham EU hosts workshop on the responsible sourcing of conflict minerals
Dec 05, 2014 -

On Thursday 4 December 2014, AmCham EU hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop together with the African Forum in Brussels – Mazungumzo on the responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict affected areas.  The event brought together over 55 participants, including AmCham EU members and industry representatives, European Commission and Parliament representatives, member state and U.S. government officials and members of the NGO community, who all had the opportunity to exchange views during an open floor debate. The workshop was moderated by Meglena Mihova (EPPA), Chair of the Environment Committee of AmCham EU. 

AmCham EU holds 2nd Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy conference
Dec 03, 2014 -

On 2 December AmCham EU hosted the 2nd Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy conference with panels on The Digital Transformation: Setting the framework for an efficient and Innovative Europe and Policies for data-driven business models (Internet of things, big data, clouds). 

Keynote addresses were delivered by Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minster and Minister for Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda and Telco, Belgium, Robert Madelin, Director-General, DG Connect, European Commission and John Sammis, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Mission to the EU. 

 

US Ambassador to the UK meets with AmCham EU committee leaders
Dec 01, 2014 -

The Honorable Matthew Barzun, United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, met with a group of AmCham EU committee leaders on 1 December to discuss the UK-EU relationship and TTIP. The Ambassador emphasised the need to employ ‘visual storytelling’ in order to convey the impact that trade can have on citizens’ lives. Furthermore, he stressed that the private sector has a role to play in countering the perception that trade agreements such as TTIP benefit only narrow groups in society.

 

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

AmCham EU Delegation visit to Strasbourg
Nov 28, 2014 -

A delegation of some 80 members of AmCham EU travelled to Strasbourg on Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 November to meet key decision makers in the European Parliament. MEP David McAllister, Chair of the EU-US Delegation and Klaus Welle, Secretary General of the European Parliament, participated in the opening session, discussing Economic Reform and the governance role of the European Parliament.

The path to recovery
Nov 26, 2014 -

On 25 November, Karl Cox, Chair of AmCham EU, published an op-ed piece in EurActiv on AmCham EU's Agenda for Action. In his piece, Mr Cox calls for real leadership, commitment and bold action to ensure Europe is competitive and an attractive destination for business and investment.

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.

Amazon.com joins AmCham EU
Nov 18, 2014 -

AmCham EU is pleased to welcome its 164th member, Amazon.com. 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.

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.