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Riding the digital and green waves

2 Dec 2021
All Committees
Digital Economy
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU participated in the Annual Economic Forum organised by the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists, which featured Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market, European Commission and Ingrida Šimontytė, Prime Minister of Lithuania. The Forum focused on the ability of businesses to maintain competitiveness throughout the green and digital transformations and Ms Danger discussed the various approaches used by transatlantic partners to adapt to the changes.

How to talk to governments

2 Dec 2021
All Committees

AmCham Ukraine organised an online session titled ‘B2G Communications in Focus’ at which Thibaut L’Ortye, Director of Public Affairs, AmCham EU was one of the panellists. He focused on the approaches used by AmCham EU to differentiate its communication strategies in the Brussels' setting and highlighted the importance of developing a clear sense of identity in order to solidify relationships with trusted partners.

SMEs: challenges and opportunities of international data transfers

2 Dec 2021
Consumer affairs
Digital Economy
Intellectual Property

In a keynote speech delivered at an event organised by AmCham Slovakia, Giacomo Moroni, Policy Adviser, AmCham EU outlined the state of play in the negotiations for a new EU-US Data Transfer Agreement. He also argued that the rapid conclusion of a solid and sustainable successor to the Privacy Shield is an absolutely critical priority for businesses of all sizes. 

Strategic autonomy in payments

2 Dec 2021
Financial Services

Driven by digital innovations and the impacts on the supply and demand of payment services, the European payments market is undergoing fundamental changes. To ensure they are accompanied by the right market conditions, AmCham EU underlines a few crucial elements, including the need for efficiency, safety for customers and a level playing field. 

The future of the financial services sector: priorities for 2022 and beyond

30 Nov 2021
Financial Services

The green and digital transitions, as well as important legislative developments such as the implementation of the Capital Markets Union and the Banking Package, will pave the way forward for the financial services sector for the coming year. On Tuesday, 30 November, AmCham EU hosted a discussion to analyse the priorities and key files which will be paving the way for the sector in 2022 and beyond.  

A circular approach for the decarbonisation of the EU transport sector

29 Nov 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

The EU transport sector has the lowest penetration of renewables in its energy mix. To step up the efforts to reduce emissions, Cargill is investing in a new waste- and residues-based biodiesel plant in Belgium. Learn about what will be a first in Europe, capable of processing all types of liquid waste oils and fats to produce high blend fuel solutions for trucks. 

Read more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay

 

Play. Recycle. Repeat.

29 Nov 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Mattel is a leader in the toy manufacturing sector and creating sustainable products and packaging is an important part of its commitment to the planet. Mattel Playback is the company’s new programme that enables families to extend the life of their Mattel toys once they are finished playing with them. Read how Mattel is educating consumers on the the importance of protecting the planet. 

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay

WTO MC12: building back multilateralism after COVID-19

26 Nov 2021
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs

The 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) was due to start on 30 November. However, after growing concerns related to Covid-19, the WTO's General Council agreed to postpone the event.

The global pandemic has reminded us of the importance of maintaining global cooperation and multilateralism. Learn how we can build back by addressing the areas of subsidies, global vaccine equity and WTO reform.  

Image credit: WTO

Litigation funding: Tipping the scales of Lady Justice?

25 Nov 2021

Recourse to litigation in an event of disputes is an essential ingredient for businesses to continue to thrive and innovate in the EU. That's why AmCham EU advocates for a harmonised regulatory approach to third-party litigation funding. Check out our five principles for ensuring the maximum potential benefits of such practice, while minimising potential harms.

Forging Europe’s recovery together: harvesting the power of multilateralism

24 Nov 2021
All Committees

Multilateralism and open, rules-based trade are key for the EU’s economic recovery. Christina Falcone (UPS), Chair, Policy Group, AmCham EU explained how strengthening supply chains, deepening EU-US economic ties, modernising the WTO and pursuing a relationship with China that adheres to our shared values are utmost priorities for AmCham EU when it comes to trade. Watch to discover how increased transatlantic cooperation can stimulate the global economic recovery.

Eliminating 75% of single-use plastics in packaging by 2025

23 Nov 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

More than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s. To break up up the outdated linear economy model, HP Inc is piloting circular solutions that will help them reduce 75% of single-use plastic in their packaging by 2025. 

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

European competition law: as relevant as ever

23 Nov 2021
Competition policy

With the upcoming review of the European Commission’s competition policy tools, the 38th Annual Competition Conference, which took place on Wednesday, 17 November, could not have come at a more timely moment. From the impacts of the foreign subsidies proposal to regulating large digital players through the Digital Markets Act, this year’s conversations covered it all. Couldn’t attend? Read more to find out what you missed.

Leadership update

22 Nov 2021
All Committees
Customs & Trade Facilitation
Digital Economy
European Parliament Outreach Task Force
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
Sustainable Corporate Governance Task Force
Sustainable Finance Task Force

AmCham EU is pleased to announce recent appointments to leadership positions. We would like to congratulate Veronika Bendere (MSD); Elizabeth Crossick (Relx); Mark Foster (Barclays); Jane Gimber (FleishmanHillard); Ania Helseth (Meta); Pablo Muniz (Van Bael & Bellis); Emilia Valbum (3M); and Alberto Zilio (AT&T Inc).

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank members who stepped down recently from leadership positions for their continued engagement  and commitment: George Candon (Hill + Knowlton Strategies) who remains Member at Large of the Operations Group and Vice-Chair of the Communications and Marketing Group; Agnese Danelon (Dupont) who remains Vice-Chair of the Transport, Energy and Climate Committee; Jeremy Rollison (Microsoft); and Elizabeth Krahulecz (former EY). More details about the leadership changes mentioned above can be found here

Reducing e-waste by giving products a ‘second life’

19 Nov 2021
All Committees
Agriculture & Food
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Electronic equipment is one of the world’s fastest-growing waste streams with 53.6 million tons produced in 2019 globally across all sectors whilst only 17.4% was recycled. Discover Liberty Global’s approach to reducing e-waste, an initiative that demonstrates how companies can ingrain sustainability into their business models and ensure their operations minimise the impact of their products on the planet.


Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

A vision for sustainability

18 Nov 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

The linear design model of creating products with new materials, using them, and then throwing them away has been the conventional paradigm for centuries. Dell, however, has embraced circularity and is working to reduce the company’s carbon footprint – across facilities, supply chains and in the energy intensity of products. Discover how embedding environmental commitments and ethical practices is ingrained in everything they do. 

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

Achieving the goals of COP26: the work starts now

17 Nov 2021
All Committees
Agriculture & Food
Environment
Trade & External Affairs
Transport, Energy & Climate

The COP26 conference in Glasgow ended with 197 parties redoubling their commitment to climate change mitigation, adaptation, and finance. In a nod to the importance of multilateralism in the face of a global crisis, the EU and the US played a significant role alongside the conference host, the UK, in brokering global consensus on climate goals.

Advancing circular solutions

12 Nov 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

As a leading producer of chemicals, polymers, fuels and technologies that advance solutions to global challenges, circularity is a key priority for LyondellBasell. Learn how by helping to conserve finite resources and retain their value for as long as possible, they are able to support the objectives of the EU Green Deal while reducing waste across the value chain. 

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

Remaking the bed: mattress recycling

12 Nov 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

In Europe, 30 million mattresses are thrown away each year. Stacked in a single pile, they would be 678 times taller than Mount Everest. With its RENUVA initiative, Dow is able to advance circular solutions by taking foam from discarded mattresses and turning it back into its raw material (polyol) through chemical recycling. 

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

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The Green Aerospace Team in Figeac, France

8 Nov 2021
All Committees
Transport, Energy & Climate

In 2019, the EU Green Deal introduced specific targets to reduce transport emissions. However, Collins Aerospace has been supporting the reduction of the aerospace industry's carbon footprint for several decades now. Read more about the research and development programme in Figeac, France advancing the state of the art high-performance propellers.

Learn more at The Green Way and join the conversation on Twitter with #EUGreenWay.

EU and US reach deal on steel and aluminium tariff dispute

3 Nov 2021
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic Task Force

On Sunday, 31 October, the EU and the US announced a pause in the transatlantic trade dispute over steel and aluminium tariffs. The US will partially remove Section 232 tariffs (up to historic trade volumes), while the EU will suspend its retaliatory measures. Both sides also agreed to start negotiations on a Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminium.

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