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American Hour – Covering the US Elections: Breaking news from DC!

22 Oct 2020
All Committees

On Wednesday, 21 October, over 100 participants tuned in for AmCham EU’s webinar, ‘American Hour: Covering the US elections: Breaking news from DC!’ with Jon Decker, White House Correspondent, Fox News Radio; Shawn Donnan, Senior Writer, Bloomberg; and Suzanne Lynch, US Correspondent, Irish Times. In this conversation moderated by Victoria Main, CEO, Cambre Associates, the three senior journalists discussed their coverage of the 2020 US elections during a global pandemic and the key factors that could decide the election.

NEW - AmCham EU Chair, Zeger Vercouteren (J&J) speaks about his new role

21 Oct 2020
All Committees

Zeger Vercouteren (J&J), Chair, AmCham EU speaks about his vision regarding his new role in a video published on Wednesday, 21 October. He outlines that for his tenure he foresees an “inclusive, innovative” AmCham EU that can contribute to a strong, positive transatlantic relationship. See here for more information.  

NEW - AmChams in Europe virtual best practices conference

20 Oct 2020
All Committees

Last week, over 60 representatives from more than 30 American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams) across Europe and Eurasia attended the annual Best Practices Conference. This year the conference was held virtually to respect the government guidelines and the safety of the participants. In her capacity as Chair of the AmChams in Europe network, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU chaired the conference.

Every year, the AmChams in Europe Community selects the most inspiring best practice among its members. This year's finalists included AmCham Slovenia, AmCham Germany, AmCham Kosovo, AmCham EU and AmCham Israel. The winner of the 2020 Creative Network Award is AmCham Ukraine with its 'Leadership in Times of Crisis' project. A warm congratulations to Andy Hunder, President, AmCham Ukraine and to his team!

Thank you to AmCham Slovenia, in charge of running the Secretariat of the AmChams in Europe network and the Executive Committee of AmChams in Europe for the hard work on this virtual edition of the conference.  

NEW - Plenary on Healthcare - A world leader and innovator: creating a strong innovation ecosystem for life science in Europe

20 Oct 2020
All Committees
Healthcare

On Tuesday, 20 October, AmCham EU hosted a plenary meeting on healthcare. The discussion focused on the strengths and weaknesses of the EU innovation ecosystem in contrast with US approaches, the implications of the pharma strategy and the role of programmes such as Horizon Europe and EU4Health to entice European health innovation.

Participants included Cristian-Silviu Busoi, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, RO) and Robert Grant, Director of International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC).

The official AmCham EU Chair handover also took place during the plenary meeting. Once again, we would like to thank outgoing Chairman Maxime Bureau (3M) and welcome the new AmCham EU Chair, Zeger Vercouteren (J&J). 

Global Trade 2020: Towards meaningful and sustainable reform

19 Oct 2020
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs

Join the event to explore developments and discuss ways to ensure effective and sustainable governance at the annual Chatham House Global Trade conference on 29-30 October. Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU will participate as a panellist during the ‘Global Power Dynamics and Trade: What’s the Next Phase?’ session taking place on Thursday, 29 October. You can register for the conference here and access with the code TRADEAMCH.

Rebooting the transatlantic economy: webinar

15 Oct 2020
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

On Wednesday, 14 October over 65 participants tuned in for AmCham EU’s webinar on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the transatlantic economy and paving the way to recovery with Joseph P. Quinlan, Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Network who outlined the key findings from his newly published report on ‘Rebooting the transatlantic economy’.

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU speaks on the EU and the future of trade

14 Oct 2020
All Committees

On Tuesday, 13 October, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, participated in a Fiscal Note event on the EU and the future of trade. She stressed that Europe's trade future depends on its response to the pandemic. The event also touched upon the EU-US relationship, the WTO and on EU - China relations. Other panellists included Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General of the ERT and Laurent Ruessmann, Trade Partner, Fieldfisher LLP. The event was moderated by Mark Dober, Managing Partner, Dober Partners and opening remarks were given by Maryvonne Maetz, Trade Policy Analyst, FiscalNote Europe. View the recording here

Rebooting the Transatlantic Economy

14 Oct 2020
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

Rarely has the global economy been rocked as hard as from the recent coronavirus and subsequent downturn in global economic activity. Unprecedented, extraordinary, unparalleled, Great Depression-like – the narrative is still searching for the right words to describe the global pandemic of 2020 and the historic decline in global economic activity.

Find out more about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on transatlantic trade and investment from our 'Rebooting the Transatlantic Economy' webpage and newly published report from Joseph P. Quinlan, Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Network. The report outlines key trends affecting the global economy and what they mean for the resilience of the transatlantic relationship. For more information on a stronger transatlantic relationship, read our set of recommendations published this week.

Invested in Europe: Supporting equal access to education in Romania

13 Oct 2020
All Committees

Some 13,000 underprivileged children in Romania are able to access a quality education that would otherwise have been out of their reach thanks to the UiPath Foundation. Teachers across the country are also being trained to nurture the potential of children in poverty as part of the Foundation’s initiative. Read more about the UiPath Foundation’s story on our Invested in Europe Platform.

Invested in Europe beyond the numbers

If you are interested in contributing a story of your company’s commitment to Europe beyond the economics, we would love to hear from you! Get in touch with Nick Pawley, Content Adviser (NPA@amchameu.eu) to find out more.

AmCham EU welcomes two new colleagues to the team

12 Oct 2020
All Committees

AmCham EU is pleased to welcome Seán Byrne and Chloe Kenny to the team.
 
Seán will be the Policy Adviser for the Competition Policy Committee, Healthcare Committee and for the Institutional Affairs Taskforce while Chloe joins the team in the role of Communications Assistant. We look forward to having them on board and to working together!

AmCham EU offers views on EU's New Consumer Agenda

12 Oct 2020
Consumer affairs

On Tuesday, 6 October, AmCham EU submitted a response to the public consultation for the upcoming New Consumer Agenda, which will address new challenges for consumers brought by digitalisation and the green transition. AmCham EU is of the view that consumer legislation already provides for sufficiently robust protections of EU consumers. However, gaps in enforcement across the Member States continue to prevail, which harms consumers and diminishes trust. AmCham EU, therefore calls for the EU to focus on harmonised enforcement and consistent implementation of consumer legislation in the EU and at national level. Read more in the consultation here and supporting paper here.

AmCham EU offers feedback on EU cybersecurity law

12 Oct 2020
Digital Economy
Intellectual Property

On Friday, 2 October, AmCham EU responded to a consultation on the directive of network and information systems (NIS). Find the consultation here and supporting paper here. AmCham EU supports the NIS Directive in its current form, with minor modifications. We advocate for:

  • Keeping reporting obligations as straightforward as possible, while respecting the clear distinction in function of operators and providers of services.
  • Clear guidance on how GDPR and the NIS directive apply in tandem.
  • Ensuring that operators of essential services are equally regarded as such in all MS.
  • Avoiding overdefining which sectors qualify as operators of essential services.
  • Exemptions for sectors where sector-specific legislation already provides for cybersecurity requirements, such as telecoms networks.
  • A voluntary, business-to-business information sharing facility in the field of cybersecurity.

AmCham EU Board meets with Polish Ambassador

12 Oct 2020
All Committees
Board

On Friday, 9 October, AmCham EU’s Board of Directors welcomed Ambassador Andrzej Sadoś, Permanent Representative of Poland to the European Union, for an informal online discussion over lunch. The Ambassador and the Board exchanged views on the EU Recovery plan, transatlantic relationship and the role of Poland in the EU.

In 2018, US companies were responsible for over 200,000 jobs in Poland. While the total foreign direct investment (FDI) coming into Poland from the US was $13bn. Find out more about Poland’s relationship with the US.

AmCham EU elects Zeger Vercouteren as new Chair

8 Oct 2020
All Committees

Brussels, 8 October 2020 – The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) announced today that Zeger Vercouteren, Vice President, Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Global Supply Chain Initiatives, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), has been elected as its new Chair.

AmCham EU hosts session on diversity and inclusion

6 Oct 2020
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

On Tuesday, 29 September, AmCham EU hosted a session for members and staff with Roianne Nedd, Global Diversity & Inclusion lead, Oliver Wyman (a Marsh McLennan company). Besides her role as a diversity and inclusion consultant, Ms Nedd is an activist, public speaker and author on intersectional feminism, race issues and equality issues in the workplace.

A digital recovery plan for Europe: AmCham EU’s 8th transatlantic digital economy conference

2 Oct 2020
Digital Economy
Intellectual Property

On Thursday, 1 October, AmCham EU hosted the eighth edition of its annual Transatlantic Digital Economy Conference. This year’s conference focused on Europe’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 emergency and the role of digital technologies therein.

The first virtual edition of the conference, sponsored by AmCham EU members Cisco, IBM and InterDigital, featured a keynote speech from Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for Europe Fit for a Digital Age and Competition, European Commission. After introductions from Maxime Bureau, Chairman, AmCham EU (3M), the Executive Vice-President spoke of the important role played by technologies in the EU’s crisis response to date. 

AmCham EU resumed its Town Hall series with Margaritis Schinas and US Mission to the EU

2 Oct 2020
All Committees

Last week, AmCham EU resumed its Town Hall series hosting two meetings. On Friday, 2 October, AmCham EU welcomed Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, European Commission who shared his insights on the impact of COVID-19 on the European Union, on the lessons learnt from the crisis and on the way forward.

Earlier in the week, on Monday, 28 September, we also welcomed Michael Lally, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs and Michael Sullivan, Counselor for Economic Affairs from the US Mission to the EU for an update on the US Mission’s monthly activities and priorities.

Questions? Contact Roberta Brumana RBR@amchameu.eu.

Investing in Europe’s recovery: forging the future

1 Oct 2020
All Committees

The European Commission put forward its Recovery plan for Europe, setting out an ambitious fiscal stimulus package to build the European society of tomorrow. AmCham EU stands ready to play our part. Our just published paper brings together the expertise of all sectors in trying to find solutions to the current crisis. Out of a very difficult situation also lies the opportunity to build the Europe of tomorrow. Check out our contribution in the areas of green deal, the digital landscape, healthcare, trade and on the completion of the Single Market. Find out more from our 'Investing in Europe's recovery' webpage and download the paper here

Find out more about our response to the recovery plan from Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU

1 Oct 2020
All Committees

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU speaks to the European Commission’s historic recovery plan for Europe. As the US business community invested in and committed to Europe, we took our time over the summer to think about how we could contribute to the debate and created a response paper. Watch her video and find out more here

How COVID-19 influenced tax realities in Central Eastern European countries

28 Sep 2020
Tax

Will Morris (PwC), Chair, Tax Committee, AmCham EU participated in AmCham Moldova’s yearly high-level tax conference ‘e-TAXCON ‘20’, taking place virtually for the first time. Representing AmCham EU, Will was part of a special panel on ‘How COVID-19 influenced tax realities in Central Eastern European countries’. The panel was co-organised by AmChams from Armenia, Bulgaria, EU, Georgia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. In his intervention, he focused on the policies and recommendations that the EU and the OECD have put forward to address the adverse economic effects of the pandemic to ensure that the economic recovery takes place through pro-growth and forward-looking tax policies.

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