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Rebuilding trade post-COVID-19: Atlantic Council’s EU-US Future Forum

7 May 2021
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs

On Thursday, 6 May 2021, as part of the Atlantic Council’s EU-US Future Forum, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU took to the stage to discuss the state of transatlantic trade ties in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was joined for a panel discussion by Former Acting US Representative to the EU, Ronald Gidwitz, alongside Rupert Schlegelmiilch, Director of the Americas, Agriculture, and Food Safety, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission. The discussion was moderated by Katerina Sokou, Washington DC Correspondent, Kathimerini/SKAI TV.

Foreign Subsidies

Statement on EU foreign subsidies proposal

6 May 2021
Competition policy

With yesterday’s proposal for a regulation on foreign subsidies, the European Commission seeks to address foreign subsidies which risk distorting the EU internal market and undermine a level playing field. The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) supports the Commission’s efforts to strengthen the resilience and competitiveness of the Single Market and find the appropriate balance between fair competition and open trade when addressing non-EU subsidies.

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New EU industrial strategy: Single Market is key to economic recovery

5 May 2021
All Committees

On Wednesday, 5 May, the European Commission put forward its revised industrial strategy, responding to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the urgency to tackle the digital and green transitions. It outlines how the EU plans to strengthen the resilience and competitiveness of the Single Market in the global economy.

World IP Day 2021: bringing ideas to the market

29 Apr 2021
All Committees
Intellectual Property

On the occasion of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, 26 April 2021, AmCham EU teamed up with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to host an event which explored the topic of what SMEs need to succeed.

Relay for Life 2021: Brussels – Washington, DC to fight cancer

29 Apr 2021
All Committees

We've almost made it from Brussels to DC and back - all thanks to you! Help us get home by signing up for Relay for Life 2021. We're walking to honour those who have survived, those who are fighting and those who are no longer with us, including our dear colleague Andreas Galanakis. Our goal is to match the 12,000 kilometres with a similar amount in donations. All amounts count, big or small - learn more about the difference your donation can make here.

Flags of the EU for Better Regulation

Better Regulation at the heart of policymaking

29 Apr 2021
Institutional Affairs

Today, the European Commission released its highly-anticipated Communication on Better Regulation. It marks a positive step forward for high-quality and transparent decision making in the EU building on earlier commitments to develop a strong Better Regulation approach ‘at the heart’ of policymaking. Through the inclusion of a wide range of stakeholders and the adoption of a science-based approach, rules and standards can encourage innovation and the emergence of new goods and services. However, unnecessary administrative burden and regulation also affect growth and can make it more difficult for companies to expand.

EU-UK agreement

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: European Parliament vote brings further certainty

28 Apr 2021
All Committees
EU-UK Task Force

The European Parliament formally gave consent to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which sets out the terms of the future relationship between the EU and the UK. This deal is a strong building block towards an ambitious partnership across the Channel. While the agreement conditionally came into force on 31 December 2020, the vote brings further certainty for companies operating across the Channel as the temporary implementation period was scheduled to end later this week.

Earth Day 2021

An Earth Day to remember: EU and US leaders step up climate ambition

26 Apr 2021
Transport, Energy & Climate

Last week was a big week for global climate ambition, with President Biden convening 40 world leaders for a virtual Climate Summit on the occasion of Earth Day. To mark the occasion, a number of countries followed the US’ lead in making tangible commitments to reduce emissions. This followed news that, earlier in the week, EU lawmakers had reached an agreement on the ‘European Climate Law’ after 14 hours of ‘trilogue’ negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU.

Financing Europe’s green transition

EU proposes ambitious steps towards financing Europe’s green transition

22 Apr 2021
Financial Services
Sustainable Finance Task Force

The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) welcomes the European Commission’s ambitious new Sustainable Finance Package. This package helps pave the way for greater long-term clarity for financial markets and companies on corporate disclosure and green investments.

Trade across the pond

Trade Across the Pond: AmCham EU CEO offers perspectives on EU-US relationship

22 Apr 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

How realistic are the high expectations of the EU-US trade relationship? That was the question that our very own CEO Susan Danger sought to answer, alongside fellow panellists Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director, DG Trade, European Commission; and event co-host Karl Haeusgen, President, VDMA in a discussion co-hosted and moderated by Reinhard Bütikofer, MEP (EFA/Greens, DE).

Abstract AI network

EU proposes first-ever legal framework on Artificial Intelligence

21 Apr 2021
Digital Economy

The European Commission announced today a comprehensive proposal for regulating artificial intelligence (AI) across the European Union. AmCham EU supports the European Commission’s objectives to enable uptake of trusted AI applications and ensuring a harmonised EU approach. AmCham EU welcomes the important risk-based approach to regulating AI, and our member companies will now take time to thoroughly assess the proposal. We look forward to working with all parties to ensure governments, businesses and citizens will reap the benefits of AI.

Association Excellence Awards 2021 Finalist

In the running – Association Excellence Awards

19 Apr 2021
All Committees

AmCham EU has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Association Excellence Awards in the categories of ‘International Association of the Year’ and ‘Best Lobby or Advancement of a Cause During COVID-19’, highlighting our Uniting for diversity campaign. The awards ceremony is foreseen for Tuesday, 29 June. Read more here.

Atlantic Council - Transatlantic trade agenda

Relaunching the transatlantic trade agenda

19 Apr 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

The Atlantic Council's Europe Center hosted a discussion on relaunching the transatlantic trade agenda. Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, spoke on the importance of advancing the EU-US agenda and stressed how emerging issues such as digital and climate change can be a driving force, echoing the findings of our recent paper. Catch the entire discussion from Friday, 16 April with Congressman Don Beyer and MEP Arnaud Danjean here.

OECD environmental due diligence

OECD experts share on environmental due diligence

19 Apr 2021
Sustainable Corporate Governance Task Force

On Thursday, 15 April, AmCham EU hosted a workshop on Environmental due diligence with experts from the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct in Paris. Stephanie Venuti, Environmental lead, illustrated the OECD’s work around environmental due diligence and the different resources companies can draw upon to improve their due diligence. Barbara Bijelic, Legal Expert, placed the OECD guidelines into a broader regulatory context at EU and global level. The presentations were followed by a discussion with AmCham EU member companies.

Coffee to connect AmCham Slovenia

Coffee to connect: catching up with AmCham Slovenia

19 Apr 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

Thibaut L’Ortye, Associate Director of Public Affairs, AmCham EU joined Ajša Vodnik, Chief Executive Officer, AmCham Slovenia for a virtual ‘Coffee to connect’ discussion on Friday, 16 April. While the conversation kicked off looking at the transatlantic economy and the benefits of the EU-US relationship (highlighted in our recent report), the two also looked at how Slovenia benefits from the Single Market, why companies have a key role to play in speaking up on critical issues, why we need to strengthen trust in our societies and how we can all do a better job at telling the story of Europe. Re-watch the conversation in full on AmCham Slovenia’s Facebook account.

Town Hall meeting with HE João Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador to the UK

16 Apr 2021
All Committees
EU-UK Task Force

At the monthly Town Hall meeting on Thursday, 15 April 2021, AmCham EU welcomed HE João Vale de Almeida, EU Ambassador to the UK. During the meeting, the Ambassador shared his insights on the current status of the EU-UK relationship and on what companies can do to ensure that the future relationship is prosperous and successful.

Updated registration procedure for AmCham EU meetings and events

12 Apr 2021
All Committees

We have updated our registration procedure for meetings and events through our website. The new procedure will allow for the connection details to be copied to your calendar after registering to upcoming meetings and events.

Uniting for diversity: Johnson Controls’ ‘perspectives’ initiative

7 Apr 2021
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

In our latest video, Larry Leverett, Vice-President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and General Counsel, Global Services, Johnson Controls tells us about the company’s ‘perspectives’ sessions, where people from all levels and geographies of the organisation tell their stories from their perspective. This initiative enables others to learn and share in the different perspectives of their colleagues, which in turn helps to build the knowledge, empathy and connection that allows the workforce to work more collaboratively together. Check out all videos showcasing our companies’ contributions to diversity and inclusion at our dedicated webpage!

Capital Markets Union 2.0

Capital Markets Union 2.0: priority actions for functioning eco-systems

31 Mar 2021
All Committees
Financial Services

The second Capital Markets Union (CMU) action plan represents a crucial step towards further unlocking the potential of capital markets across Europe by addressing fragmentation and making the EU a safe place to invest for the long term. AmCham EU identifies key areas of action to generate a future-proof, deep and frictionless Capital Markets Union. Read the full position here.

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Transatlantic Conference 2021: in review

30 Mar 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

This year’s Transatlantic Week, set against the need to rebuild a world economy devastated by the impact of COVID-19 and to ensure future healthy, connected and sustainable societies, was themed ‘Global leadership: A transatlantic opportunity’. The activities of the week opened on Wednesday, 24 March for the first time entirely digitised with a keynote by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.