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EU-US trade relations under the new Biden Administration: What can the Portuguese Presidency do?

1 Mar 2021

On Thursday, 25 February, AmCham EU and AmCham Portugal together hosted the inaugural Portuguese Presidency series event on EU-US trade relations under the new Biden administration. The panel featured Marjorie Chorlins, Senior Vice-President, European Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce; Tim Figures, Associate Director, Boston Consulting Group; Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission; and Florian Wastl, Director Public Affairs Europe, Mars and Vice-Chair, Trade and External Affairs Committee, AmCham EU. The discussion was moderated by Roger Coelho, Senior Policy Director, AmCham EU and focused on the prospects for greater transatlantic alignment on trade issues and the role of the presidency in rekindling the relationship in the face of global challenges.

Plenary meeting: Enabling Europe's digital future through education

24 Feb 2021
All Committees
Future of Work, Education and Skills Task Force

On Tuesday, 23 February, AmCham EU hosted a Plenary meeting on Enabling Europe's digital future through education. The panel discussion, featuring Victor Negrescu, MEP (RO, S&D), Vice-Chair, Committee on Culture and Education, European Parliament; Georgi Dimitrov, Head of Unit, Digital Education, European Commission; Ania Helseth, Public Policy Manager, Facebook; Michal Langton, Vice-President, Government Relations, JP Morgan; and moderated by Margareta Chesaru, Public Affairs Manager, UiPath, focused on the key components of the Digital Education Action plan for 2021-2027 and the future of digital skills, the critical importance of which has been unveiled by the COVID-19 crisis.

A new industrial strategy for the EU

23 Feb 2021
All Committees
Digital Economy
Environment
Future of Work, Education and Skills Task Force
Security, Defence & Space Committee
Trade & External Affairs
Transport, Energy & Climate

Industry is a vital sector for the European economy. The EU needs a comprehensive industrial strategy in order to improve the global competitiveness of the region. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, automatisation of processes, the changing context of the job market and the growing importance of environmental concerns, as well as the uncertain geopolitical outlook, AmCham EU outlines four priorities for a new EU industrial strategy. These priorities include digitising European industry: fostering innovation in people, technologies and processes; creating the right environment for a clean future; accelerating the EU circular economy; reinforcing the rules-based trading system and reinvigorating the transatlantic partnership.

New EU trade strategy charts positive path

19 Feb 2021
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs

On Thursday 18 February, the European Commission presented its renewed trade strategy. This latest communication charts a positive path for European trade policy, embracing the EU’s leadership role in a changing multipolar world.

The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) is confident that the new strategy can be highly effective as its core elements are anchored in the EU’s recovery plan, which seeks to enable the green and digital transformations. AmCham EU fully supports the plan’s vision that, in order to create prosperity, jobs and growth, the EU needs to remain an open, competitive and attractive place for international investment.

The US rejoins the Paris Agreement

19 Feb 2021
All Committees
Transport, Energy & Climate

On Friday 19 February, the United States formally rejoined the Paris Agreement. AmCham EU supports the decision President Biden took on his first day in office. It signals his Administration’s intent to tackle climate change through a global framework that engages all players.

In an interview with Euronews, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, highlighted the important role of business in advancing the objectives of the Paris Agreement. She emphasised the need for a stable and predictable framework for investments. American companies are already researching, developing and investing in low-carbon technologies to reduce their own carbon footprint, but also to provide solutions to other businesses and society as a whole. Watch the segment available in multiple languages here.

Uniting for diversity: founding the Legal Diversity and Inclusion Alliance

18 Feb 2021
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Steptoe and Johnson Director Kathleen Van Nuffel is co-founder of the Legal Diversity and Inclusion Alliance (LDIA). Counting 46 law firms, LDIA is committed to eliminate discrimination in the workplace, promote an inclusive organisational culture and take tangible actions. Check out Kathleen’s personal account of what motivated her to found the LDIA, and how it contributes to a more inclusive society in our latest video.

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment makes history at WTO

16 Feb 2021
All Committees
Customs & Trade Facilitation

AmCham EU congratulates Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on being appointed Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday, 15 February 2021. Her appointment is historic, as she is the first female and the first African to take up the role. Dr Okonjo-Iweala’s mandate begins at a time of many challenges for the organisation, with its negotiation and arbitration mechanisms increasingly called into question. The confirmation of Dr Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General is an important first step in overcoming these challenges. Her track record in the Nigerian government and the World Bank, coupled with her reformist agenda, speak to her credentials to set in motion a modernising programme that can make the WTO fit for the 21st century. Her role must now be to seek consensus for reform across the breadth of the WTO’s member countries.

American Hour: Virtual networking with the US Mission to the EU

15 Feb 2021
All Committees

On Thursday, 11 February, AmCham EU hosted its second virtual networking event between representatives from the US Mission to the EU and AmCham EU members and staff. Participants had the opportunity to exchange views around key policy areas such as trade, digital and Green Deal.

Uniting for diversity: ‘belonging’ for gender and disability equality

10 Feb 2021
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Virgin Media, a Liberty Global brand, is diversifying its workforce and supporting inclusion of every voice through its ‘belonging’ initiative. As part of the company’s work to create an inclusive culture, the company set up a partnership with disability charity Scope to support a million disabled people to get and stay in work. Check out our video with Bill Myers, Managing Director for Communications, Liberty Global, to learn more about the company’s contribution to a more inclusive society.

New speakers announced for Transatlantic Conference

9 Feb 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force
Communications and Marketing Group

AmCham EU is pleased to announce that Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission and Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy have been confirmed as speakers for the upcoming 2021 Transatlantic Conference. They join previously confirmed speakers Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice and Christopher Hoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, US Department of Commerce. See here to learn more and register.

AmCham EU stands in solidarity with the European Commission’s Beating Cancer Plan

4 Feb 2021
All Committees
Healthcare

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. In Europe, 2.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, with nearly half of that number succumbing to the disease. If decisive action is not taken, then by 2035, approximately 40% of Europeans can expect to face cancer in their lifetime.

On this year’s World Cancer Day, AmCham EU stands in solidarity with the European Commission’s Beating Cancer Plan. Several of our member companies directly contribute to the fight against cancer providing innovative solutions in the form of cancer treatments or developing the medical devices used in cancer diagnosis.

AmCham EU shares recommendations to the Portuguese Presidency

3 Feb 2021
All Committees
Presidency Group

AmCham EU welcomes the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Portugal’s Presidency comes at a critical juncture for the EU. In light of the two-pronged health and economic crisis that the global pandemic has provoked, the Presidency will play an instrumental role in charting Europe’s recovery. Our recommendations to the Portuguese Presidency aim to ensure we reach our common objectives of a stronger and more prosperous EU. The document highlights the priorities and recommendations that we believe will make Europe more competitive and an attractive place for investment. AmCham EU looks forward to working closely with Portugal during its Presidency to ensure we reach our common objectives of strong, green and digital economic recovery.

Uniting for diversity: reverse mentoring to promote creativity and innovation

3 Feb 2021
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

Baxter’s reverse mentoring programme pairs junior employees with senior professionals in order to share insights, experiences and differences in a productive way. By giving junior employees the forum to share their expertise with senior leaders, reverse mentoring supports the needs of early career professionals. Check out our video with Sara Rico, EMEA Digital Health Project Leader, Baxter International, to learn more about the company’s contribution to a more inclusive society.

AmCham EU meets with MEP Pascal Canfin

3 Feb 2021
All Committees
Environment

At the monthly Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, 2 February, AmCham EU welcomed MEP Pascal Canfin (RE, FR), Chair of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. During the meeting, Mr Canfin shared his insights on climate neutrality and on EU-US cooperation in tackling climate change, among other topics.

International cooperation critical to ensure global access to COVID-19 vaccines

2 Feb 2021
All Committees
Healthcare

The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) fully recognises the pressure on public authorities in the EU and around the world to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines. A strong economic recovery – and the return to normal life – relies on global access to vaccinations in a timely manner. Striving for this shared goal, stakeholders from both the public and private sectors are collaborating intensely to resolve the rapidly-evolving situation around the supply of vaccines.

REGISTER NOW - Transatlantic Conference 2021 - Global leadership: A transatlantic opportunity

1 Feb 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

Join us for a discussion on the prospects for ‘Global leadership: A transatlantic opportunity’ at the annual AmCham EU Transatlantic Conference. Over three days, high-level European and American decision makers alongside business and academic thought leaders will discuss how the EU and the US can collaborate on trade, climate change and digital economy issues.

Register here | See the programme

Envisioning the economic future of the transatlantic trade relationship

29 Jan 2021
All Committees

Which key themes will define the transatlantic trade relationship in 2021? That was the question at the Fiscal Note Executive Institute’s roundtable discussion on Thursday, 28 January – where AmCham EU was represented among an esteemed panel by CEO Susan Danger.

The discussion, ably moderated by Kate Smyth Haskins, Vice President for External Affairs, German Marshall Fund to the US (GMF), kicked off with each of the panellists offering their perspectives on how the transatlantic relationship might evolve under the new US administration.

Open strategic autonomy: what’s in a name?

28 Jan 2021
All Committees

In an op-ed with EURACTIV, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, provides her perspective on the concept of open strategic autonomy. She argues that American companies are an integral part of the European fabric and industrial base and, as such, contribute to the EU’s strategic autonomy. In particular, she calls for continued cooperation with the United States, as the EU’s closest and most powerful ally. Read the full op-ed here.

NEW - Plenary on sustainable and smart mobility

28 Jan 2021
All Committees

On Tuesday, 26 January, AmCham EU hosted a Plenary meeting on sustainable and smart mobility. The panel discussion, moderated by Stéphanie Brochard, Senior Account Manager, FleishmanHillard and featuring Filip-Alexandru Negreanu-Arboreanu, Deputy Head of Cabinet for Commissioner Vălean, European Commission; Jan-Christoph Oetjen, Member of European Parliament (RE, DE), Vice-Chair TRAN; Valentina Vecchio, EU Governmental Affairs Sustainability Lead, The Boeing Company; and Christelle Verstraeten, Senior Director EU Policy, ChargePoint, focused on the key components of the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, highlighting the importance of the sector for Europe’s economic recovery and for keeping Europe on the move in a sustainable way. 

Uniting for diversity: the Purple Champions programme

27 Jan 2021
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

EY’s Purple Champions programme is an allies programme for people who are either disabled or interested in the disability agenda. The Purple Champions programmes enables individuals with disabilities to share their experiences with their colleagues. Check out our video with Elizabeth Krahulecz, Head of EMEIA Regulatory and Public Policy, EY Brussels Office, to learn more about the company’s contribution to a more inclusive society.

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