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2016

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750+

active professionals 

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400 

committee and outreach meetings

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160+ 

member companies

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85 

press mentions

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50 

events

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60

position papers

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15

delegations

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"2016 was a year of both change and challenge in the European Union and transatlantic environment, as the vote on Brexit in June, the election of Donald Trump in November, mounting populism and threats to the EU Single Market brought new levels of uncertainty for US business operating in the EU. AmCham EU was up to the challenge."

Karl Cox, Chairman, AmCham EU

 

Commissioner Jourová helped launch the Gender Initiatives Task Force

17 February

AmCham EU launched its Gender Initiatives Task Force with the participation of Věra Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. Throughout 2016, the Gender Initiatives Task Force worked to build awareness and foster dialogue on how to best promote gender diversity in the workplace.

 

Transatlantic Week 2016 explored‘The Transatlantic Relationship in a Changing World’

14-18 March

The Annual Transatlantic Week, including a reception, conference and a Brussels Briefing with the AmChams in Europe network, brought together members, representatives from the AmChams in Europe (ACE), EU institutions, Permanent Representations, NGOs and other organisations. Learn more.

 

Meeting with Sigmar Gabriel at Hannover Messe

25-26 April

A delegation of members attended Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology. For the first time the US was the partner country of the Messe leading to increased attention from US government and companies. The highlights of the delegation were the meetings with Sigmar Gabriel, Vice-Chancellor of Germany and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and Bruce Andrews, US Deputy Secretary of Commerce. 

 

Annual Delegation to Washington, D.C.

Week of 16 May

The annual delegation to Washington featured a series of high-level meetings on issues such as TTIP and wider transatlantic economic relations. Highlights included meetings with David O’Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the US; Dan Mullaney, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East; Catherine A. Novelli, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; and Stefan Selig, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.

 

Trade Under Fire: Transatlantic Dialogue on Challenges and Opportunities

31 May

AmCham EU participated on a panel focused on ‘Trade Under Fire’ at BusinessEurope. The panel, moderated by Susan Danger, included Markus J. Beyrer, Director-General, BusinessEurope; Myron Brilliant, Vice-President and Head of International Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce; Liam Benham, Vice-President Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM Europe and Chair of the AmCham EU Policy group; and Wolfgang Weber, Vice-President EU Government Relations, BASF.

 

Gala 2016 at the Concert Noble

2 June

The Gala took place at the Concert Noble in Brussels. The event kicked off with a welcome reception and remarks by Susan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU and Karl Cox, Chair, AmCham EU. This was followed by the presentation of the eleventh AmCham EU Transatlantic Business Award to David McAllister, MEP. A highlight of the evening included a concert by the laureates of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, Piano.

 

2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) with the US Ambassador the EU

20 June

The 2016 AGM took place at the Palais des Académies. The AGM was an opportunity to look back on the year and to look forward to future priorities. The highlight of the AGM was the lively discussion with the Honorable Anthony L. Gardner, US Ambassador to the EU, over a seated dinner. The Ambassador  engaged with members on some of the challenges facing US industry in Europe and encourage business to demonstrate the many ways in which it contributes to the European economy.

 

Launch of ‘The Circular Economy: Innovative business solutions and how to go further’

28 September

AmCham EU held a launch event for its circular economy publication in September. Speaking at the event Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission, said ‘Developing business schemes favourable to the circular economy will help address the global challenges we are currently facing and will enable the EU economy to be competitive and resilient’.

 

Commissioner Andriukaitis discusses the future of healthcare in Europe

21 October

The Healthcare Committee hosted a breakfast on ‘Shaping the Future of Healthcare in Europe: Key Challenges and Opportunities’. Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, delivered a keynote address followed by a Q&A and discussion with members.

With 20 committees and groups, AmCham EU works on a wide range of policy issues at any given time. 

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European Parliament

In 2016 the European Parliament Outreach Task Force continued to complement the work of AmCham EU’s committees by shaping advocacy and facilitating outreach to the European Parliament, strengthening ties between AmCham EU and MEPs and developing closer relations with the national delegations and the political groups. In total AmCham EU met with over 230 individual MEPs and organised seven delegations to the plenary sessions in Strasbourg.

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Executive Council

The Executive Council (ExCo) is a forum of senior executives responsible for the European operations of some of AmCham EU’s largest member companies. The mission of ExCo is to strive for the continuous improvement of European global competitiveness, through targeted dialogue at the highest levels between its members and senior policy-makers of the EU institutions, Member States, and international organisations. The group was chaired by Christian Morales, Intel, along with Vice-Chairs Harry van Dorenmalen, IBM; Aongus Hegarty, Dell; Marco Comastri, CA Technologies; Reiner Roghmann, Dow Chemical; and Pierre Dejoux, UTC. 

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EU Presidency

AmCham EU’s Presidency Group works to influence the agenda of the European Council. It initiates substantive policy dialogues with national officials charged with the upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union 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.

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AmChams in Europe

AmChams in Europe (ACE) is the umbrella body for American Chambers in Europe and Eurasia. Representatives meet two to three times per year to exchange best practices, share information on key issues facing US businesses operating in Europe and discuss opportunities for policy cooperation. 

AmCham EU leads policy coordination on issues of interest to members of the AmChams in Europe network, through regular calls and policy updates, and through the support of the organisation of national AmCham events in key policy areas.

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