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Juhan Lepassaar addresses Digital Economy Committee
Apr 17, 2015 -

Juhan Lepassaar, Head of Cabinet for Vice-President Andrus Ansip, European Commission, was the guest speaker at the Digital Economy Committee on Friday 17 April. The discussion focused on the upcoming Digital Single Market Strategy that will be launched by Vice-President Ansip on 5 May.

Susan Danger discusses TTIP in interview with EurActiv
Apr 15, 2015 -

Susan Danger, Managing Director AmCham EU, took part this week in an interview with EurActiv where she discussed how MEPs have the chance to make a robust contribution to the TTIP agreement but must listen to stakeholders and carefully think twice before diluting aspects of the agreement that are in fact key to its success.

Read full interview here

Healthcare Committee meets with US Congressional Staff Delegation
Apr 10, 2015 -

A delegation of the Healthcare Committee of AmCham EU met on Tuesday 7 April with Mary-Sumpter Lapinski, Health Policy Director for the majority staff of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP Committee) and Grace Stuntz, FDA Policy Advisory.

The overall objective of the meeting was for the US Congressional Delegation to better understand how innovative drugs and medical devices are put on the market in Europe and to compare the US and EU approaches to ensure safe and fast access to innovative drugs. In particular, the discussion focused on the Innovative Medicines Initiative, adaptive pathways, identification of biomarkers, and how to ensure that regulatory authorities benefit from the best possible expertise.

For more information, please contact Pierre Bouygues at the AmCham EU Secretariat (pbo@amchameu.eu).

Hendrik Bourgeois discusses the benefits of TTIP on CCTV America
Apr 09, 2015 -

Hendrik Bourgeois, Chair of the AmCham EU TTIP Task Force, discusses the benefits of TTIP on CCTV America.

'Clinical trials regulation: one year later': AmCham EU’s healthcare seminar to assess where we stand
Mar 30, 2015 -

The Healthcare Committee of AmCham EU and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center organised a successful seminar on 'Clinical trials regulation: one year later' on Thursday 26 March.

The seminar was an opportunity for Prof. Meir Pugatch to present in Brussels his new report for the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center Clinical Data and Disclosure Policies: The European Union, Member States, and International Best Practices.The report is available here.

Further to the presentation of the report and a Q&A, Sini Eskola (EFPIA), Anastassia Negrouk (EORTC),Roberta Savli (EFA), Dr. Diederick Slijkerman (NL Medicines Evaluation Board) and Alexander Roediger, (MSD - Chair of our Healthcare Committee),discussed the implementation both at EU and national level of the clinical trials regulation in particular with regard to transparency rules. One of the key questions structuring the discussion was whether the success of the regulation could already be assessed, in particular its 3 main objectives: building trust, improving healthcare and making the EU an attractive place for doing research. Participants agreed that only time will provide answers to this question.

The broad attendance of the seminar showed the still acute interest for these issues while the regulation was adopted a year ago.

March plenary meeting takes place with keynote address from Dominique Ristori
Mar 25, 2015 -

AmCham EU welcomed the European Commission’s recent adoption of an Energy Union framework strategy at its monthly plenary meeting on 24 March 2015, with a keynote address delivered by Dominique Ristori, Director-General of DG Energy at the European Commission.

During his speech, Mr Ristori stressed the need for Europe to reduce its energy dependence and placed emphasis on the value of a strategic energy partnership between the US and EU.

AmChams in Europe hold their annual Brussels Policy Briefing
Mar 23, 2015 -

AmCham EU welcomed over 40 guests representing 25 AmChams from around Europe to the 12th Annual Brussels Policy Briefing from 18-20 March 2015. As in previous years the Briefing coincided with AmCham EU’sTransatlantic Week  which allowed the Briefing programme to include the Transatlantic Reception on Wednesday 18 March and the Transatlantic Conference on Thursday 19 March.

The Briefing emphasised the importance of the AmChams in Europe network and in particular the cooperation and coordination on policy among the Chambers. The Briefing programme included several sessions on many policy areas including digital, environment, energy, healthcare and investment to just name a few.

The Briefing also included a Roundtable discussion on TTIP which featured the participation of the European Commission and the US Mission to the EU. The Roundtable also provided an opportunity for Chambers to highlight some of the projects and advocacy they have been engaged in at the local level. Other highlights of the Briefing were a presentation on the EU’s top priorities by Louise Harvey, the visit to the Google Europe office and the closing lunch with the Editor-in-Chief of soon to be launched Politico Europe. Overall, the Briefing provided a great opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices among the Chambers and to plan more joint advocacy.

AmCham EU’s Transatlantic Week 2015
Mar 23, 2015 -

Key stakeholders from the world of government, business, academia and civil society come together for “Transatlantic Week 2015” to discuss key issues facing the transatlantic economy as well as the potential benefits of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the EU and the United States.

At the reception to kick off Transatlantic Week on Wednesday evening, Jean-Luc Demarty, Director General of DG Trade at the European Commission, delivered remarks on the significance of EU-US trading relations to the European economy. The reception also saw Joseph Quinlan, of the Johns Hopkins University, launch the Transatlantic Economy 2015 surveying jobs, trade and investment between the United States and Europe. This can be viewed here. 

At the conference on Thursday, US Ambassador to the EU The Honorable Anthony L. Gardner and Dara Murphy TD, Irish Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection, delivered keynote addresses on the longstanding importance of transatlantic relations and the opportunity to deepen these ties through TTIP. Thought-provoking and productive debates were then held on four key issues related to the transatlantic economy: The Digital Market, Energy Cooperation and Energy Security, Healthcare in TTIP, and Financial services.

Key themes that emerged from these debates included the significance of strengthening EU-US economic and strategic relations in a time of increased globalisation, the growth of emerging markets in Asia and Africa, and sluggish growth in Europe. Panellists and participants discussed the gains and opportunities that TTIP in particular could offer to boost the transatlantic economy and enhance its position as the most integrated economic relationship in the world.  

See the full programme here

View photos of the week here

Read The Transatlantic Economy 2015 here

Read The Transatlantic Economy 2015 Executive Summary here

Read our press release here

Read Karl Cox's Closing Address here

View Joe Quinlan's powerpoint here

Watch Hendrik Bourgois, Chair of the AmCham EU TTIP Task Force, debate TTIP with MEP Lange

Watch Hendrik Bourgois, Chair of the AmCham EU TTIP Task Force, discuss transparency in the TTIP negotiations on Arte tv

Watch video statements of several speakers at the Transatlantic Conference

Transatlantic Economy 2015
Mar 20, 2015 -

On March 19 2015 AmCham EU launched The Transatlantic Economy 2015 report co-authored by Dan Hamilton and Joe Quinlan. 

Read the report here

Read the Executive Summary here

Nikolaus Tacke elected as Member-at-Large (Corporate) of AmCham EU Board
Mar 17, 2015 -

Congratulations to Nikolaus Tacke, Public Affairs and Government Relations Director, Europe, at The Coca-Cola Company, on his election to a two-year term on the AmCham EU Board. In his role at The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Tacke is leading the company’s government relations strategies at EU level. Prior to joining Coca-Cola in 2008, he worked in the public affairs department of a global agribusiness company in Brussels and headed the office of a multinational PR agency in Berlin. He is an active and committed member of AmCham EU since 2006 and has served in the leadership of the Agriculture and Food Committee for five consecutive terms. He was just recently confirmed to his second term as Chair of that Committee.

The Transatlantic Conference is fast approaching - find out why you should register
Mar 06, 2015 -

Register now to attend AmCham EU’s annual Transatlantic Conference taking place on March 19 2015 at The Hotel, Brussels. 

Click here to register

View programme here

Christian Morales elected as Chair of AmCham EU's Executive Council
Mar 06, 2015 -

Congratulations to Christian Morales, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) on being elected Chair of the Executive Council at AmCham EU. We welcome Christian's contributions to the Council's priorities and objectives.

AmCham EU organises healthcare breakfast briefing for MEP assistants & political advisers
Feb 27, 2015 -

AmCham EU’s Healthcare Committee and Remy Petitot, Assistant to MEP Françoise Grossetête, organised, on Friday 27 February 2015, a successful breakfast briefing entitled 'Access to healthcare in Europe: 2014-2019 priorities' for MEP assistants and political advisers.

The audience discussed AmCham EU healthcare policy priorities for 2015 (contribution to economic growth, medical devices, TTIP and healthcare and eHealth/mHealth) but also the new EU institutional framework after the European elections of May 2014 and the new European Commission. A follow up breakfast is likely to take place by the end of the year to further discuss cooperation, crucial to ensuring the future success of healthcare systems in Europe.


Please find more information about the Healthcare Committee here. For more information, please contact Pierre Bouygues on pbo@amchameu.eu

Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee hosts Ana Hinojosa
Feb 26, 2015 -

On 27 February 2015, the AmCham EU Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee hosted Ana Hinojosa, Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Office of International Affairs at the US Customs and Border Protection. The discussion covered regulatory cooperation, as well as the World Customs Organizations’ SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade.

AmCham EU participates in conference on 'The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership'
Feb 26, 2015 -

Andreas Galankis, Policy Director at AmCham EU, participated in the Italian Institute for International Affairs (IAI) conference on ‘The Geopolitics of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ in Rome on Thursday 26 February 2015. The event was organized in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, ITA-Italian trade agency and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

At the event Italian government representatives reaffirmed their strong support for an ambitious and comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

A summary of the event can be found here.

Institutional Affairs Committee hosts seminar on revised Joint Transparency Register
Feb 24, 2015 -

The Institutional Affairs Committee hosted a seminar for all AmCham EU members on the revised Joint Transparency Register on February 18. Martin Ohridski, Policy Officer in the Joint Transparency Register Secretariat, outlined the main changes in the register and offered clarifications to members with questions.

Presentation of Updated Transparency Register

Mr. Ohridski began the session by offering a summary of the main changes to the Transparency Register since it was relaunched on 27 January 2015. The changes reflect the new Interinstitutional Agreement between the Commission and Parliament.

Notably, all registrants will now have to declare their costs associated with lobbying the European institutions, whereas previously this requirement had not applied to NGOs, for example. This reflects a desire to create a level playing field between all registrants. Mr. Ohridski emphasised that they only require an estimated declaration of costs, within certain bands. Further details on how to calculate the costs associated with lobbying are provided in the guidelines, linked above.

AmCham EU welcomes measures to boost access to funding
Feb 24, 2015 -

AmCham EU welcomed the Commission’s Green Paper on Capital Markets Union at its monthly plenary meeting on 24 February 2015. The plenary saw a panel discussion on Capital Markets Union as a motor for jobs and growth: the experience from the real economy in the EU and the US withPhilip Tod, Acting Head of Unit for Capital Markets Union, Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (DG FISMA), European Commission; Diego Valiante, Head of Financial Markets and Institutions, CEPS; Etienne Oudot de Dainville, Minister-Counsellor for Financial Affairs at the Permanent Representation of France to the EU and Richard Kaye, Managing Director and Head of Government Relations, EMEA, APAC, JP Morgan and Chair of the Financial Services Committee, AmCham EU (moderator).

During the panel, the Commission laid out its vision for Capital Markets Union, a series of initiatives to increase the supply of investment and ease access to finance for businesses in Europe. Capital markets in the EU are less developed than in the US, Japan and China, and the use of capital markets to raise finance varies widely within the EU 28.

Nikolaus Tacke re-elected as Chair of the Agriculture and Food Committee
Feb 24, 2015 -

Congratulations to Nikolaus Tacke, Public Affairs and Government Relations Director, Europe at The Coca-Cola Company on his re-election for a second two-year mandate as Chair of the Agriculture and Food Committee at AmCham EU. We look forward to his continued leadership and commitment to the priorities and objectives of the committee.

Looking ahead to the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU
Feb 23, 2015 -

AmCham EU’s Presidency Group today met with Ambassadors Braun and Friden to discuss the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the EU which will start on 1 July 2015.

The meeting focused on the preparations for the presidency and in particular on the policy priorities that will feature high on the agenda. As well the meeting was an opportunity for AmCham EU introduce its outreach activities towards the presidency like the delegation to Luxembourg in late spring and committee meetings with the Attachés from the permanent representation.

Financial Services Committee organises roundtable on future of US-German relations
Feb 20, 2015 -

The Financial Services Committee organised a roundtable with German-speaking MEP assistants to discuss the Future of US-German relations on February 19. The event was held in the European Parliament, under the patronage of Markus Ferber MEP, and featured a roundtable discussion in German on topics such as Capital Markets Union and TTIP.

Harry van Dorenmalen of IBM on building skills for the future
Feb 17, 2015 -

 

Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman of IBM Europe, discusses what IBM feel the EU needs to do to enhance skills and how a transatlantic partnership can play an important part in this.

AmCham EU committee elections
Feb 16, 2015 -

Imelda Vital (Amway) has been confirmed as Chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee for another two-year term; Bart de Boeck (Caterpillar) is the new Vice-Chair of the Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee and Renato Addis (EPPA) will serve another term as Chair of the Institutional Affairs Committee. We welcome Imelda, Bart and Renato's contributions to their respective committee’s priorities and objectives.

Monthly message from Susan Danger, Managing Director of AmCham EU
Feb 10, 2015 -

 

Christian Morales discussing the role of innovation in restoring competitiveness
Feb 09, 2015 -

Christian Morales, Vice–President Intel EMEA, on how industry is an important part of the innovation and creativity process. 

He believes that while investments in new technologies have been crucial in bringing Europe back to competitiveness more investments must be made into industry so that both pillars could be combined going forward.

AmCham EU is recruiting!
Feb 09, 2015 -

AmCham EU is looking for a Policy Officer to begin in April 2015. For more information on the role and how to apply, please click here.

Matthew Murray discusses his recent trip to Ukraine
Feb 05, 2015 -

 

 

Matthew Murray, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, discussing his recent trip to Ukraine and what is being done there to improve the business climate.

MEP Zalba and MEP Mosca co-host roundtable discussion on investment protection in TTIP
Feb 04, 2015 -

On Tuesday 3 February, during the week of the 8th round of TTIP negotiations, a roundtable discussion, held in the European Parliament, brought together speakers from the European Commission, Corporate Europe Observatory, SciencePo Paris and Repsol for an in-depth discussion on investment protection in TTIP. 

The constructive discussion with the diverse audience from the European Parliament and stakeholders made clear why this is one of the most debated topics of TTIP at the moment. Both MEPs Zalba (ESP, EPP) and Mosca (IT, S&D) stressed the importance of a TTIP agreement and the need for an investment chapter that sets the global standard. By hosting this roundtable discussion, both groups contributed to this important debate and demonstrated that they take into account and want to address the concerns of EU stakeholders.

AmCham EU hosts Trade Commissioner Malmström
Feb 03, 2015 -

As part of the Business Alliance, AmCham EU was delighted to host Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade, on Monday 2 February at a reception advocating for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). 

Malmström stated that the proposed economic partnership between Europe and the United States would create unrivaled economic opportunities. She explained that TTIP would boost economic growth, create regulatory efficiency and strengthen common transatlantic values.

AmCham EU Board of Directors meet with VP Timmermans' Head of Cabinet
Feb 02, 2015 -

On Thursday 29 January, the AmCham EU Board of Directors met with Mr Ben Smulders, Head of Cabinet to Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Sustainability.

AmCham EU Board members were able to engage in a productive discussion with Mr Smulders and the meeting involved an exchange of perspectives on current topics on the European Commission’s agenda. They particularly appreciated hearing about and further discussing the new institutional framework, the Better Regulation agenda and the 2015 Commission Work Programme.

The EU's €315 billion investment plan - First AmCham EU plenary of 2015
Jan 29, 2015 -

On 27 January, AmCham EU held its first plenary of the year and was honoured to welcome keynote speaker Alessandro Carano, Adviser to the Deputy Director-General, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission. He presented the need for President Juncker's €315 billion investment plan at this time to reverse the downward trend of investment in Europe. He outlined three pillars of a true recovery in Europe: the ability to mobilise financing for investment, ensuring that financing can reach the real economy and the improvement of the general investment and business environment.