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Annual ACE Best Practices Conference takes place in Milan

5 Oct 2015

The Annual AmChams in Europe (ACE) Best Practices Conference took place last week in Milan, Italy, with AmCham EU represented by Susan Danger, Managing Director, and Maggy Peeters, Events Manager, AmCham EU.

At a roundtable organised by AmCham Italy, Susan Danger discussed policy coordination among the national AmChams as well as the ongoing negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

WTO Public Forum 2015

AmCham EU hosts panel discussion at WTO Public Forum 2015

5 Oct 2015
Trade & External Affairs

On Thursday 1 October, AmCham EU held a session called 'Trade Works! Does it? Can we make it work even better?' at the WTO Public Forum in Geneva.

September video message from Susan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU

29 Sep 2015

Susan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU, delivers her monthly video message from the AmCham EU Welcome Reception for new US Mission staff

US Mission Welcome Reception

AmCham EU hosts Welcome reception for US Mission to the EU

29 Sep 2015

On Monday 28 September, AmCham EU hosted a Reception with the US Mission to welcome Mission newcomers. Guests included senior US commercial services representatives from across Europe, staff from the US Mission, AmCham EU members and EU stakeholders.

New season kicks off with discussion on the Digital Single Market

25 Sep 2015
Plenary Meeting

AmCham EU kicked off its autumn calendar with a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of the Digital Single Market.

The panel included Dita Charanzová, Member of the European Parliament (CZ, ALDE); Kamila Kloc, Deputy Head of Cabinet, Vice President Andrus Ansip, European Commission; Stefan Koreneef, Counsellor Economic Affairs – Telecom and Digital Agenda & Better Regulation, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU; and Liam Benham, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, Europe, IBM. Pastora Valero, Senior Director, Head of Government Affairs, Europe, Middle East, Africa & Russia, Cisco and Chair of the Digital Economy Committee, AmCham EU, moderated the discussion. 

Susan Danger participates in UK Competitiveness round-table

25 Sep 2015

Susan Danger, Managing Director, AmCham EU, participated in the UK Competitivenss round-table on Wednesday 23 September with a number of business representatives in Brussels. The round-table was organised by the UK Permanent Representation to the EU and participants had the opportunity to discuss how the European Union can become more competitive with Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, UK Foreign Secretary.

IP meeting

Intellectual Property Committee meets with Shira Perlmutter and Susan Wilson

22 Sep 2015
Intellectual Property

On Monday 21 September, members of the Intellectual Property Committee welcomed Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Susan F. Wilson, the recently appointed IPR Attaché at the US Mission to the EU, to exchange views on a range of IP issues and areas of cooperation.

AmCham EU leadership meets with US Mission to the EU

21 Sep 2015

AmCham EU leadership met with the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Mission to the EU, Adam Shub, on Thursday 17 September 2015. 

A number of the AmCham EU Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs discussed the various issues affecting their sectors.

For further information please contact Andreas Galanakis, Policy Director at AmCham EU (aga@amchameu.eu).

 

Digital Economy

AmCham EU reacts to Commission’s proposal to modernise government access to data

18 Sep 2015
Digital Economy

We believe that Article 43 (a) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which calls for a modernisation of laws to address government access to data is a step in the right direction. However, we still believe it would be more appropriate for these issues to be addressed at a government-to-government level.  For more information on AmCham EU’s position, please click here.

Members invited to complete Agenda for Action Scorecard Survey

16 Sep 2015

AmCham EU is currently updating the Agenda for Action Scorecard that measures the progress the EU has made against AmCham EU’s key policy recommendations for Europe detailed in the Agenda for Action 2014-2019 report released last year. To update the Scorecard, we are seeking member companies' responses to a short survey of 10 multiple choice questions. Should you have any questions, please direct them to Tim Adamson (tad@amchameu.eu) Please find the survey here. 

 

Getting ready for the Dutch Presidency

11 Sep 2015
Presidency Group

Ambassador Pieter de Gooijer, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the EU and Ambassador Wepke Kingma, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the EU met with AmCham EU members to discuss the preparations and priorities for the upcoming Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU on Monday 9 September.

'Umbrella agreement’ reached on data protection

10 Sep 2015

After four years of negotiations AmCham EU welcomes the signing, by EU and US officials, of an ‘umbrella agreement’ on data protection. The agreement will cover personal data that is transferred between US and EU law enforcement agencies and is seen as an important step towards strengthening the fundamental right to privacy in Europe and rebuilding trust in EU-US data flows, according to Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová.

July monthly message from Susan Danger

30 Jul 2015

Susan Danger, Managing Director of AmCham EU, gives her July monthly message from Washington during the annual AmCham EU Doorknock.

Washington Doorknock 2015 takes place

27 Jul 2015
TTIP
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

A delegation of AmCham EU members travelled to Washington, DC last week for the annual Doorknock, meeting with the US administration, agencies and Congress on cross-sectoral issues such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and wider transatlantic economic relations including energy, agriculture, trade and financial services. The Doorknock coincided with the Transatlantic Week in Washington, organised by the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN).

BAB launch 15th Anniversary Edition of The Guide to Investing in the UK

22 Jul 2015
Trade & External Affairs

BritishAmerican Business has launched its 15th Anniversary Edition of its annual guide to investing in the UK: British American Trade and Investment: The Guide to Investing in the UK. 

View guide here

AmCham EU presents at TTIP stakeholder event round 10

17 Jul 2015
TTIP
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

Andreas Galanakis, AmCham EU Policy Director, spoke on regulatory cooperation at the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership stakeholder event. Andreas stated that AmCham EU believes TTIP is a great opportunity to create a framework for transatlantic cooperation that could reduce or eliminate unnecessary regulatory divergences. Doing so will also facilitate business for those already engaged in the transatlantic economy, but also broaden the opportunities of smaller businesses which do not currently trade across the Atlantic.

July plenary focuses on climate change and COP21

16 Jul 2015
Transport, Energy & Climate

AmCham EU hosted its July plenary meeting on Tuesday 14 July. The topic was climate change and the upcoming COP21 negotiations in Paris at the end of the year. Keynote speakers were John Sammis, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Mission to the EU, and Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of International & Climate Strategy, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission.

Confirmation of EU Tax Committee Chair

14 Jul 2015
Tax

Congratulations to William Morris (GE) who was confirmed as Chair of the EU Tax Committee for a two-year term (renewable).

Letter to Commissioner Malmström and Ambassador Froman ahead of the 10th round of TTIP negotiations

10 Jul 2015

Ahead of the 10th negotiating round for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the EU and the United States, the European Business Alliance for TTIP – a coalition of key industry associations in the EU that supports the conclusion of a comprehensive, ambitious TTIP agreement – today sent a letter to EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman urging negotiators to upscale the political momentum of the talks. 

European Parliament backs TTIP

9 Jul 2015

The European Parliament has given its strong backing to the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the EU and the United States, voting with a large majority on July 9, 2015 to adopt its recommendations to the European Commission on TTIP.

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