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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

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.