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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.

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).