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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.

Alliance for TTIP twitter campaign: @Alliance4TTIP

9 Jul 2015
TTIP
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

AmCham EU, TABC and ERT have joined forces to create a TTIP twitter campaign to support the conclusion of the trade negotiations. The handle of the account is @Alliance4TTIP. The aim of the campaign is to be open-source and user friendly, so anyone (especially in the Member States) can use the materials we will provide (tweets, Q&As, infographics, etc.). The effort so far has the support of the following associations: AmCham EU; TABC; ERT; BusinessEurope; ESF; EuroChambres and Cefic. We will be tweeting to show our support for the conclusion of TTIP, using the hashtag #Yes2TTIP. Thanks in advance for following our account and don’t hesitate to spread our tweets! #Yes2TTIP.

 

Special video message from Jyrki Katainen

7 Jul 2015

Special video message from Jyrki Katainen, Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission at the AmCham EU Case for Investing in Europe conference on Wednesday 24 June 2015

Monthly message from Susan Danger, Managing Director

7 Jul 2015

Susan Danger, Managing Director of AmCham EU, discusses The Case for investing in Europe 2015 report as part of her June monthly message.

AmCham EU Conflict Minerals workshop

7 Jul 2015
Environment

On Tuesday 7 July, AmCham EU organised a workshop with officials from the Commission and the Member States on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act. The panel featured representatives from the US government and experts from European and American corporations across various sectors of the economy. The panellists shared their views and experience in complying with the Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in order to feed into the current EU debate on conflict minerals.

AmCham EU presents its views at EESC event on regulatory cooperation in TTIP

6 Jul 2015
TTIP
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

AmCham EU participated in a Thursday 2 July civil society stakeholders discussion with Ignacio Garcia Bercero, EU Chief Negotiator on Regulatory Cooperation in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. 

The Case for Investing in Europe conference

25 Jun 2015

Global business leaders, representatives from the investment community and government officials came together on Wednesday 24 June for The Case for Investing in Europe conference to discuss why Europe remains a key location for foreign investment and how we can maintain this going forward. 

View The Case for Investing in Europe 2015 report here

Read our Storify here

View photos here

View our press release here

View our video message from Jyrki Katainen, Vice President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission, here

View our video message from Aongus Hegarty, EMEA President, Dell, here

View our video message from David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the US, here

US Ambassador to Slovenia visits AmCham EU

18 Jun 2015
TTIP
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

The US Ambassador to the Slovenia, Brent Hartley, visited AmCham EU on Tuesday 16 June. He met with a number of members and staff to discuss transatlantic relations and TTIP.

June plenary on medical devices takes place

18 Jun 2015
TTIP
Healthcare
Transatlantic Task Force
Plenary Meeting

The June plenary took place on Tuesday 16 June. The focus for the plenary was on Medical Devices with Tomasz Husak, Head of Cabinet to Elzbieta Bienkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, and Carsten Bermig, Member of Bienkowska's Cabinet, as keynote speakers. Mr Husak delivered an address on 'the new regulatory framework for medical devices: combining patients' safety and innovation'.

 

 

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