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EU Presidency

AmCham EU’s Presidency Group works to influence the agenda of the Council of the European Union. It initiates substantive policy dialogues with national officials charged with the upcoming Presidency of the Council by meeting with the relevant permanent representation in Brussels. This is followed by a delegation visit to the member state capital, during which a report with recommendations to the presidency is presented.


Estonia (July-December)

On Thursday 31 May, Susan Danger, CEO AmCham EU, Karl Cox, Chair of the Board, and members of Committee leadership met the Estonian Permanent Representative, Ambassador Tael, to present the Recommendations to the Estonian Presidency.


Recommendations to the Estonian Presidency

AmCham EU is looking forward to working closely with Estonia before, during and after the Presidency to ensure we reach our common objectives of a stronger and more competitive Europe to create jobs, meet onsumers’ needs and generate wealth for its citizens.  

AmCham EU has already met with a wide range of leading Estonian officials in Tallinn in March 2017 and will continue to meet with them in the coming months. In our initial discussions, it was clear that we share a number of policy objectives, such as the need to focus on the Single Market.

We are convinced that Estonia will make progress and close several legislative files during its Presidency. 




Malta (January - June)

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, and Karl Cox, Chairman, AmCham EU, welcomed Marlene Bonnici, Maltese Ambassador to the European Union, on Monday 12 December to present her with the Recommendations to the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.


Recommendations to the Maltese Presidency 

Malta assumes the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time since joining in 2004 and at a testing time for Europe and the world.

In the face of global challenges such as growing anti-trade rhetoric, rising populism, migration and sluggish economic growth, political leadership will be critical to steer Europe through the first half of 2017. We will need a strong and consensusbuilding Presidency to restore much-needed confidence in the EU’s ability to deliver for its citizens and to play a key role on the world stage. 

AmCham EU met with a wide range of leading Maltese officials in October 2016 in Valetta and continued to meet with them throughout the Presidency in early 2017.