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Association Excellence Awards 2021 Finalist

NEW - 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
Environment
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
Brexit 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.

Susan Danger EPC Board

Susan Danger joins European Policy Centre Governing Board

30 Mar 2021
All Committees

The European Policy Centre (EPC) has announced that Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU has been appointed to its Governing Board. Chaired by David O'Sullivan, former EU Ambassador to the United States, the Governing Board is responsible for setting out the think tank’s strategic direction as well as monitoring and evaluating its operations. Read more here.

Transatlantic Conference 2021 Day 3: the transatlantic digital economy

29 Mar 2021
All Committees
Digital Economy

The third day of AmCham EU’s all-digital Transatlantic Conference 2021 took place on Friday, 26 March. Opening remarks from Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU and Zeger Vercouteren, Chair, AmCham EU (J&J) emphasised the speed with which digital technologies are transforming our economies and societies, a trend which has been further accelerated by the COVID-19 health pandemic.

Transatlantic Conference 2021 Day 2: sustainability and climate change

26 Mar 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

The second day of AmCham EU’s all-digital Transatlantic Conference 2021 took place on Thursday, 25 March. Opening remarks from Zeger Vercouteren, Chair, AmCham EU (J&J) and Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU emphasised the urgency of the climate change agenda for both sides of the Atlantic, citing the need for all segments of society to accelerate efforts towards Paris Agreement targets to limit global warming.

Transatlantic Conference 2021 Day 1: transatlantic trade

25 Mar 2021
All Committees
Customs & Trade Facilitation
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

The 15th edition of AmCham EU’s Transatlantic Conference kicked off on Wednesday, 24 March. This 2021 edition, which is completely digitised, will take place in three instalments between Wednesday, 24 March and Friday, 26 March. The theme for the first day of the conference was the transatlantic trade agenda. Opening remarks from Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU and Zeger Vercouteren, Chair, AmCham EU (J&J) set the tone of optimism for intensified cooperation between the EU and the US, as the new US administration pivots back towards Europe.

New survey shows the resilience of the transatlantic economy

24 Mar 2021
All Committees

A new survey from the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that the transatlantic economy is on the mend, thanks to the massive policy response to the recession brought on by COVID-19. Both the EU and the US are set to see a return to growth in 2021, although the rebound is uneven with the US powering ahead. Turning to the future, the report notes that the fundamentals of the transatlantic relationship remain strong and will likely play a key role in the economic recovery to come. Read the report here.

Emerging areas for EU-US cooperation

23 Mar 2021
All Committees
Customs & Trade Facilitation
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

The transatlantic economy remains the largest, most prosperous and most innovative of its kind in the world – and it continues to grow. The EU and the US should seize the renewed optimism and positive momentum to advance and deepen the world’s largest trade and investment relationship. While they can build on decades of efforts to enhance regulatory cooperation and remove barriers to trade and investment, they should also address new and emerging issues that arise from the transformation of our economies. In a new document, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) presents ideas for EU-US cooperation across a wide range of sectors and industries. Read more here.

Accelerating digitalisation - a healthy approach

22 Mar 2021
Digital Economy
Healthcare

On Thursday, 18 March, AmCham EU and AmCham Portugal together hosted the third event of the Portuguese Presidency series focused on digital healthcare. Dr Diogo Serras Lopes, Secretary of State, Ministry of Health, Portugal, delivered the opening keynote speech; delineating Portugal’s ambitions in the digital health space. The panel discussion featured Monique Goyens, Director-General, the European Consumer Organisation; Andrzej Ryś, Director, Health systems, Medical products and Innovation, DG SANTE, European Commission; and Sónia Santos, Associate Director, Health and Public Administration, Accenture. The discussion was moderated by Zeger Vercouteren, Vice-President, Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy EMEA and Global Supply Chain Initiatives, J&J; and Chair, AmCham EU. The event focused on the future of digital healthcare centering on issues of trust in data, use of technology in healthcare and how to ensure digitalisation of healthcare across the EU evolves together with society.

AmCham EU hosts first fully virtual Brussels Briefing

22 Mar 2021
All Committees

On Friday, 19 March, AmCham EU hosted the first fully virtual Brussels Briefing with over 40 representatives from 26 AmChams in attendance. The objective of the Brussels Briefing is to inform AmChams colleagues about the latest developments in EU policy; to exchange advocacy best practices; and to network. This year’s programme featured a keynote speech on the EU agenda by Eva Maydell MEP (EPP, BG) and a best practices panel on how to communicate about EU policy in the Member States featuring Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen, Director-General, DG Communication, European Commission; Peter Barabas, Editor-in-Chief, News, Euronews; and Cristina Falcone, Vice-President, Public Affairs, Europe, UPS. The Brussels Briefing also featured a networking session with US Commercial Officers from around Europe as well as policy networking sessions on digital and Green Deal.

Euronews announced as Transatlantic Conference media partner

16 Mar 2021
All Committees

The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) is delighted to announce that Euronews will be the media partner of its upcoming Transatlantic Conference, taking place from Wednesday, 24 March to Friday, 27 March. The event will bring together senior EU and US policymakers and business leaders to discuss the future of the transatlantic relationship in a changing global order. The conference programme is available here.

Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability: towards targeted improvements based on better regulation

16 Mar 2021
All Committees
Environment

On Tuesday, 9 March AmCham EU published its position paper on the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The paper offers a comprehensive overview of the challenges and opportunities that AmCham EU members wish to highlight within this important initiative. It highlights our support for the EU’s ambitions to strengthen the existing framework for EU chemicals policy to help achieve greater sustainability and competitiveness moving forward. It also welcomes some elements of the proposal which help clarify and streamline the system as it currently works. Read our position here.

Impact of COVID-19 on cancer care and research

16 Mar 2021
Healthcare

AmCham EU provided a response to the open consultation of the BECA (Beating Cancer) Committee of the European Parliament. The consultation addresses the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on cancer care services and patients. Focusing on both the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 the consultation looks at: provision and continuity of care during the pandemic for cancer treatment and screening; lifestyle; the impact on patients and care providers; and related matters on data, research and innovation to improve cancer treatment and healthcare systems in the future. Read our consultation here.

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