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EU elections events in Paris and Warsaw facilitate debate on key issues

18 Apr 2019
All Committees
EP Outreach TF

After a very successful first EU elections debate last September in Brussels, AmCham EU, in partnership with Euractiv, organised two debates in Paris and Warsaw ahead of the European Parliament elections in May 2019. At a decisive moment for the future of Europe, it is important to foster debate about key issues not only in Brussels but across Europe. 

European AmChams visit to DC focuses on transatlantic cooperation

15 Apr 2019
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

AmCham EU and four European AmChams (Finland, Ireland, Italy and Romania) travelled to Washington, DC, last week to engage with a range of US policy-makers. Meetings focused on reiterating the importance of the transatlantic relationship and the need for all stakeholders to support a positive EU-US agenda.

Green light for EU-US trade talks

15 Apr 2019
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

AmCham EU members are encouraged by today's Council decision to endorse the two negotiating mandates for trade talks with the US. This is a positive signal that both sides are committed to advancing the transatlantic relationship.

Improving access and financing in healthcare in Central and Eastern Europe

12 Apr 2019
Healthcare

On Wednesday, 10 April AmCham EU’s Healthcare Committee hosted the second instalment of its breakfast event series. The roundtable discussion focused on the access and financing of healthcare systems in Central and Eastern European countries (CEE).

5th Agro-Food Risk roundtable

11 Apr 2019

On Monday, 8 April, AmCham EU hosted the fifth edition of the Agro-food Risk Roundtable. The event was organised in collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture. Gathering over 60 participants from governments, industry and academics, the roundtable focused on stimulating discussion and sharing of best practices regarding different models of risk communication in the food and agriculture sector on both sides of the Atlantic.

US business: Article 50 extension a positive development, but business needs long-term certainty

11 Apr 2019
Brexit Task Force

The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) regrets that, nearly three years since the referendum, the EU and the UK are still faced with Brexit uncertainty. Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, said:  'AmCham EU supports last night’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Article 50 procedure until the end of October to avoid the imminent threat of a No Deal scenario’.

US business welcomes European Guidelines on Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

8 Apr 2019
Digital Economy

The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) welcomes the ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence (hereafter 'the Guidelines') published today by the independent High-level Expert Group (HLEG) on Artificial Intelligence set up by the European Commission. 

22 national AmChams participate in Brussels Briefing 2019

5 Apr 2019
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

From Wednesday, 20 March to Friday, 22 March 2019, AmCham EU hosted the Brussels Briefing for colleagues from national American Chambers of Commerce (AmChams).

Executive Council travels to Berlin for spring plenary meeting

5 Apr 2019
All Committees
Executive Council

The Executive Council of AmCham EU held their spring plenary meeting in Berlin on Monday, 1 April and Tuesday, 2 April 2019.

Future of Work: Supporting business sponsored upskilling and reskilling

4 Apr 2019

On Wednesday, 3 April AmCham EU’s Future of Work, Education and Skills Task Force hosted its first roundtable discussion on supporting business sponsored upskilling and reskilling. The event also served as the launch of its new one-pager on the same topic. 

AmCham EU wins ‘Best Association Publication’ award

29 Mar 2019

On Thursday, 28 March, AmCham EU received the 'Best Association Publication' award at the European Association Awards 2019 for the Transatlantic Economy 2018 report. 

This edition of the report featured new visuals and infographics, telling the powerful story of the transatlantic economy in a more user-friendly way. The judges said they felt the report ‘was a robust and fact-checking instrument, of great value to transatlantic relations. A professional content and approach from AmCham EU!'. 

EU-US relationship remains vital amid global instability, stress transatlantic leaders

25 Mar 2019
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

This year’s Transatlantic Week, set against a backdrop of a rapidly changing global economy and new transatlantic challenges, was themed ‘Atlantic drift? The EU, the US and the WTO in a new world’.  

Just launched: The Transatlantic Economy 2019

22 Mar 2019
All Committees

The annual Transatlantic Economy survey offers the most up-to-date set of facts and figures describing transatlantic jobs, trade and investment.

March EU Electoral Campaigns Plenary

22 Mar 2019

On Tuesday, 19 March, ahead of the European elections in May, AmCham EU hosted a plenary session on the 2019 European Electoral Campaigns. We believed it was timely to host a forward-looking discussion on the campaigns at both European and national level as well as the challenges that many European parties are facing in the current political climate, alongside some early predictions on how the Parliament might look after the elections. 

Brexit: US business disappointed at continuing uncertainty

12 Mar 2019
Brexit Task Force

After two years of negotiations and only sixteen days left until the UK leaves the EU, we are still faced with the possibility of a No Deal Brexit. The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) is disappointed at the persisting lack of clarity concerning the transition period, which is the only solution that would give business sufficient time to prepare for what will come next. 

AmCham EU celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

8 Mar 2019
Gender Initiatives Task Force

In the last few years, a momentum for women’s rights and justice around the globe has continued to grow. Whether in pay, promotion or politics, equality is beneficial to everyone and by investing in this change, we are investing in a better future for all. The business community, specifically US companies, recognise this need and are committed to engaging in difficult but important conversations alongside targeted actions. 

AmCham EU and its members are committed to fostering discussion and sharing best practices through our Gender Initiatives Task Force. In addition, one of AmCham EU’s Agenda for Action 2019-2024 priority areas focuses on Empowering People, which includes supporting industry-led initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Closing the gender gap in ICT

8 Mar 2019

Women are still significantly underrepresented in today's tech sector. European Commission data shows that only 24 out of 100 women have an ICT related degree and that only six of these are then employed in the digital sector. 

On Thursday, 7 March, the Gender Initiatives Task Force hosted a breakfast to discuss the persisting gender gap in the ICT sector. Speakers from business, EU institutions and Member States brought their perspective on how to improve female access to ICT related degrees and jobs. 

US business cautions against new tariffs, urges transatlantic cooperation to address shared challenges

5 Mar 2019
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

In the wake of the recent US Department of Commerce Section 232 report submitted to President Trump on the impact on US national security of the import of EU cars and car parts into the US – the findings of which are not yet known – US business strongly counsels against the imposition of any new tariffs on the EU.

New Deal for consumers - A step backwards on full harmonisation of consumer law

5 Mar 2019
All Committees
Consumer affairs

The American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) is concerned about the Council text adopted on 1 March 2019 on the proposed 'New Deal for Consumers Omnibus Directive' that introduces exemptions from the full harmonisation principle of the Unfair Commerical Practices Directive. 

AmCham EU Plenary focuses on tax competitiveness in Europe

26 Feb 2019
All Committees
TAX
Plenary Meeting

Given the progress of the implementation of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) in the EU, and ongoing discussions on digital taxation, AmCham EU's February Plenary meeting was dedicated to assessing where Europe stands in terms of tax competitiveness.

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