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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

Ambassador Gardner talks to AmCham EU members about areas for greater EU-US cooperation
Jul 10, 2014 -

 

On 9 July, AmCham EU held its July plenary with keynote speaker The Hon. Anthony L. Gardner, recently appointed US Ambassador to the European Union, who outlined the key priorities and policy areas for EU-US cooperation over the coming years, sharing insights on the importance of maintaining a strong transatlantic relationship. 

Susan Danger's monthly video in Rome with the Presidency Group delegation
Jun 30, 2014 -

 

This month, Susan speaks from Rome, where AmCham EU's Presidency Group met with representatives of the Italian government and participated in the EGO Group TTIP conference hosted at the Italian Parliament. During the delegation, members met with a number of ministries and government agencies to discuss the Italian Presidency of the EU and to relay AmCham EU's recommendations on a series of policy areas.

 

AmCham EU hosts a joint ESBA-SEAP event on TTIP and SMEs
Jun 26, 2014 -

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) took center stage on 19 June as AmCham EU provided the setting for the joint European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) and Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) conference ‘A Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: What’s in it for SMEs?’ The event brought together key players in the TTIP negotiations that gave an insight into European, American, and small business perspectives on the issue.

AmCham EU meets with Italian Government ahead of Council Presidency
Jun 23, 2014 -

From 18-19 June 2014, AmCham EU's Presidency Group was in Rome to meet with representatives of the Italian government and to participate in the EGO Group TTIP conference hosted at the Italian Parliament. During the delegation, members met with a number of ministries and government agencies to discuss the Italian Presidency of the EU and to relay AmCham EU’s recommendations on a series of policy areas. The delegation was also an opportunity to hear the Italian Government’s thoughts on the outcome of the recent European elections. 

AmCham EU welcomes US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Jun 19, 2014 -

US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited AmCham EU this week as part of a week-long trip through Europe meeting with EU leaders and promoting the agricultural aspects of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). At the meeting with AmCham members representing the agriculture sector, Secretary Vilsack stressed that the US Department of Agriculture is fully committed to TTIP and is ‘working hard to make it happen.’

AmCham EU supports cancer research at Relay for Life 2014
Jun 16, 2014 -

On 14-15 June, AmCham EU participated in the Relay for Life organised by the International Community of Brussels, walking in memory of the late Lizanne Scott, a long-standing member of AmCham EU.

This year’s event featured 33 teams and nearly 1000 participants and cancer survivors gathered at St. John’s International School in Waterloo, walking 24 hours and raising over €114,000 for cancer research and support in Belgium.

Even though the Relay has passed, it isn’t too late to donate. Click here to contribute!

Susan Danger's monthly video at AmCham EU's Gala
Jun 16, 2014 -

 

This month, Susan speaks from AmCham EU's Gala held at the Concert Noble on 12 June, where our yearly Transatlantic Business Award was presented to David O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, European External Action Service. Susan also talks about AmCham EU's Washington Doorknock that was held at the end of May, and the organisation's participation in AmCham Spain's TTIP Conference (2 June) and AmCham France's Freedom & Solidarity Forum (4-5 June).

 

AmCham EU holds a successful and well-attended Gala 2014
Jun 13, 2014 -

On Thursday 12 June, AmCham EU held its annual Gala at the Concert Noble in Brussels. More than 240 guests, including several ambassdars, high-level government officials, the Brussels business community and key stakeholders gathered to see the presentation of the 2014 Transatlantic Business Award to David O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, European External Action Service. Mr O'Sullivan was recognised for his work towards strengthening the transatlantic relationship. He has also been a great supporter of AmCham EU over the years.

 

 

Hume Brophy becomes AmCham EU's 158th member
Jun 13, 2014 -

Following a vote at the AmCham EU plenary meeting on 10 June, Hume Brophy joined as our 158th member company. Congratulations to Hume Brophy! AmCham EU has now it a record number of members and we hope to continue to grow as the year goes on.

Is your company interested in joining AmCham EU? Get in touch with David Weemaels, Membership Officer.

Klaus Welle addresses AmCham EU members on the European Parliament election results
Jun 11, 2014 -

On 10 June, AmCham EU held its June plenary meeting on the outcomes of the recent European Parliament elections. The keynote address was delivered by Klaus Welle, Secretary-General of the European Parliament. He focused especially in his speech on outlining the cost of non-Europe and the need for continuous growth without debt.

Member State agreement on international data transfers strikes the right balance
Jun 06, 2014 -

The Industry Coalition for Data Protection (ICDP), a group of 16 associations representing thousands of European and international companies, of which AmCham EU is a member, who are building, delivering and advancing the digital experience, welcomed the positive developments made in the Council and endorsed by ministers today on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation, including agreement on chapter V covering international data transfers. Most of the new provisions represent constructive improvements to the current situation for companies and citizens alike. 

AmCham EU proud to support successful Freedom and Solidarity Forum
Jun 06, 2014 -

AmCham EU was proud to support AmCham France's Freedom and Solidarity Forum, held in Caen on 4-5 June. The commemoration event for the Normandy landings of D-Day 1944 was attended by, among others, Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and author of Nacht. It also brought together presidents, government officials, peace-building organisations and NGOs, business leaders, and other stakeholders representing the countries that fought in Normandy for the liberation of France.

AmCham EU urges Council to change approach to cybersecurity
Jun 05, 2014 -

AmCham EU has consistently supported the EU’s objective to improve cybersecurity and to build public-private cooperation in this field. However, the Council's current approach to the NIS Directive would create fragmentation and divergence in national implementation. This would fail to provide even the minimum levels of harmonisation and legal certainty that market operators need. In this letter sent to national telecoms ministers, we urge the Council to reconsider this approach.  

AmCham EU in Washington for annual Doorknock
Jun 02, 2014 -

Following the fifth round of TTIP negotiations, a delegation of AmCham EU members travelled to Washington DC for a series of meetings on the importance of the transatlantic relationship. The visit, from Monday 26 May to Friday 30 May 2014, coincided with the Transatlantic Week organised by TPN.

AmCham EU Membership Directory 2014 is out!
May 28, 2014 -

 AmCham EU is delighted to launch an updated 2014 Membership Directory.

To allow for more regular updates, reduce our carbon footprint, save money on printing and postage and increase convenience for members, AmCham EU has shifted to an electronic version of the Directory. It can be found in the Members Only section of AmCham EU website, which will require logging in.

For those who prefer a hard copy, the Directory can be downloaded as a secured PDF. 

Features include: 

  • comprehensive listing: individual members with contact details; members by committee; members by company; and a separate listing of ExCo members, associate members, AmChams in Europe, and US Mission staff;
  • a clickable table of contents to take you where you want to go;
  • a search function that allows you to type the name of the person you are looking for;
  • member photos to help identify other members; and
  • security features – text cannot be copied and emails are not clickable.

 

 

AmCham EU congratulates new and re-elected Members of the European Parliament
May 26, 2014 -

AmCham EU would like to congratulate the 2014 European Parliament, both new and re-elected members. We look forward to working with the European Parliament on a wide range of policies for the benefit of all European citizens.

AmCham EU co-hosts a roundtable on clinical trials data
May 22, 2014 -

On 21 May, AmCham EU co-organised a roundtable on clinical trials data in collaboration with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC). The event also served to launch the GIPC’s latest report Heading in a Different Direction? The European Medicines Agency’s Policy on the Public Release of Clinical Trials Data.

AmCham EU makes the case for TTIP at stakeholder presentation during negotiations in Washington
May 22, 2014 -

Following the fifth round of TTIP negotiations, held in Washington, Dontai Smalls, Vice-President, Public Affairs, UPS, spoke on AmCham EU's behalf at a USTR stakeholder session on regulatory cooperation and coherence. The event gave stakeholders an opportunity to outline their views to EU and US TTIP negotiators.

Maggy Peeters receives the AmCham EU Lizanne Scott Excellence Award
May 21, 2014 -

On 20 May, Maggy Peeters, Events and PR Manager, received the AmCham EU Lizanne Scott Excellence award for her exceptional work in 2013. Maggy has lead the organisation of AmCham EU's 50th Anniversary Gala and has successfully managed several high-level events throughout the year, always with a positive and open-minded attitude. She is greatly appreciated by colleagues and members alike and we congratulate her for her well-deserved award.

AmCham EU says thank you to Penny Naas (UPS)
May 21, 2014 -

At the May plenary meeting of AmCham EU, members and staff of the organisation thanked Penny Naas (UPS), who stepped down from her position as Chair of the Operations Group and member of the Board. Penny has been an active member of the AmCham EU Board since 2009. She played an essential role in her position, taking to heart the good running of operations at AmCham EU. We heartily thank Penny for all her hard work.

Italian Presidency priorities presented to AmCham EU members
May 21, 2014 -

On 20 May, AmCham EU held its May plenary meeting on the priorities of the upcoming Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The keynote address was delivered by HE Marco Peronaci, Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the EU. Ambassador Peronaci outlined the priorities for the upcoming presidency, which focused on competitiveness, jobs and growth, with the digital economy and the energy sector being highlighted as sectors with the capacity to generate the most growth.

Highlights of 2013 presented at AmCham EU's Annual General Meeting
May 21, 2014 -

 

 

During its 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM), AmCham EU presented its Annual Report highlighting the achievements of 2013, including the 50th Anniversary Gala held at the Palais des Colonies with more than 500 guests. AmCham EU also presented its upcoming priorities for the coming year and approved the 2013 annual accounts and 2014 annual budget.

Patrick Xhonneux elected Chair of Operations Group
May 20, 2014 -

Following a confirmation procedure, Patrick Xhonneux (SAS) has been elected as the Chair of AmCham EU's Operations Group and the organisation's newest Board member. Congratulations Patrick!

Patrick takes up his position from Penny Naas (UPS), whose term expired. AmCham EU would like to thank Penny for all her hard work and dedication in her capacity as Chair of the Operations Group from 2009 to 2014.

In memory of Jean-Luc Dehaene
May 16, 2014 -

Yesterday, it was with great sadness that Belgium and the European Union lost one of its most senior statesmen, Jean-Luc Dehaene.

Mr Dehaene served as prime minister of Belgium from 1992 until 1999 and was elected to the European Parliament in 2004 and again 2009. He also served as a vice-chairman for the Convention on the Future of Europe, the body charged with drafting the European Constitution.  

European business united in their support for TTIP
May 15, 2014 -

The European Business Alliance for TTIP, which represents key industry associations was formed one year ago at the European Business Summit to educate and advocate for the successful conclusion of TTIP. Since then, the Alliance has worked to convey the advantages that the agreement would bring to consumers and businesses, including SMEs, and to address some of the misunderstandings surrounding the negotiations. Marking its anniversary, the Alliance highlights five reasons to support TTIP.  

AmChams in Europe holds its Transatlantic Conference in Washington, DC & Dallas, Texas
May 09, 2014 -

Twenty-two delegates representing twenty-one American Chambers of Commerce from Europe and wider Europe came together in Washington, DC and Dallas, Texas this week for a series of high-level government and stakeholder policy meetings as part of their annual Transatlantic Conference.

AmCham EU underlines value of TTIP in advance of trade ministerial in Brussels
May 08, 2014 -

With the Foreign Affairs Council meeting today in Brussels, AmCham EU has written to EU trade ministers, re-emphasising the importance of TTIP and encouraging ministers to send a positive message about their efforts to achieve the best possible agreement. Companies active in the transatlantic market are often confronted with duplicate and inconsistent rules that increase cost and hurt competitiveness. TTIP would make it easier for companies to operate in the transatlantic market and benefit all parts of society.