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Strengthening transatlantic defence cooperation

23 Nov 2022
Security, Defence & Space
Transatlantic

Transatlantic cooperation is a necessary response to uncertain geopolitical circumstances. Defence industrial cooperation between the EU and US has never been more urgent. In order to bolster European defence capabilities, the Commission should consider a stronger framework for transatlantic defence technological and industrial cooperation (TADIC). Read our position on rekindling TADIC and learn more about the importance of EU-US defence cooperation.

Healthcare in the future: Business Breakfast in Ljubljana

22 Nov 2022
Healthcare

Covid-19 has exposed the need to strengthen the resilience of healthcare systems. Thibaut L’Ortye, Director of Public Affairs, AmCham EU, attended virtually AmCham Slovenia's Business Breakfast in Ljubljana on Friday, 18 November. He previewed ‘At a turning point: healthcare systems in Central and Eastern Europe’, an upcoming study from Economist Impact to be released on Tuesday, 6 December and commissioned by AmCham EU. He discussed some of the key findings for Slovenia, a top-performer in the region.

What's in store for the future of public affairs?

22 Nov 2022
Operations Group

On Tuesday, 15 November, AmCham EU hosted a panel discussion on the Future of Public Affairs in a Changing Environment featuring Doru Peter Frantescu, CEO and Founder, EU Matrix and Jessica O'Flynn, Director for Government Affairs, SC Johnson. The panel looked at how the profession changed after the COVID-19 pandemic and what trends industry leaders can expect for 2023. The panel also examined early dynamics in European political parties ahead of the 2024 elections. 

Your guide to the last ten years in digital policy

18 Nov 2022
Digital Economy
Transatlantic

A decade of digital innovation has reshaped the way the world works. Ahead of AmCham EU's 10th Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy Conference let's look back at ten major moments in the last decade of digital policy. We'll look at why these moments matter and what they can tell us about the next ten years of digital innovation. Has the EU's approach to digital policy adapted to keep up with the rapidly evolving digital world? Read the full blog to find out. 

Discussing healthcare and resilience in Prague

17 Nov 2022
Healthcare

A delegation of AmCham EU members was in Prague last week to discuss European health policy with key stakeholders in the Czech Republic. Over Tuesday, 8 November and Wednesday, 9 November, and in collaboration with AmCham Czech Republic, members brought their perspectives on issues including healthcare infrastructure, public investment, the recovery and resilience facility and the European Health Data Space. The delegation met with a range of stakeholders, including Jakub Dvořáček, MHA, LLM, Deputy Health Minister for EU Affairs, Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic. We are grateful to AmCham Czech Republic for the cooperation and partnership.

Focusing on progress at the TTC

17 Nov 2022
Transatlantic

‘The geopolitical case and the economic case for the transatlantic relationship has probably never been stronger,’ emphasised Thibaut L’Ortye, Director of Public Affairs, AmCham EU in a recent interview with Euractiv. Approaching the third meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) on 5 December, there’s optimism that the TTC can continue to be the primary forum for deepening the transatlantic relationship in a challenging geopolitical environment. Producing tangible deliverables and setting clear roadmaps for further progress need to remain the priority for negotiators at the TTC, and industry groups, like AmCham EU, are ready to engage and play their part.  

Financial services for the future

15 Nov 2022
Financial Services

On Thursday, 10 November, AmCham EU held a special town hall on the role of financial services in Europe's economic future featuring a keynote by Mairead McGuiness, Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Unions, European Commission. The discussions touched on financial services innovations, the Capital Markets Union and financial resilience in the face of Europe's concurrent crises. McGuiness discussed some of the priorities for the rest of the Commission's mandate, and emphasised the importance of transatlantic cooperation in the months and years ahead.  

EU-US Data Privacy Framework: support from transatlantic organisations

15 Nov 2022
Digital Economy
Transatlantic

Cross-border data flows are the foundation of global trade and innovation in an increasingly digitised world. Following a recent US executive order approving the EU-US Data Privacy Framework, AmCham EU has joined together with the Information Technology Council (ITI) and other key industry associations to urge policymakers to adopt the framework's adequacy decision. Protecting transatlantic data flows is a step toward harnessing the power of data in the European economy. Read more in the full joint statement

Is Europe fit for the digital age?

10 Nov 2022
Digital Economy
Transatlantic

This was the question posed to the panellists at the Atlantic Council's latest panel on Wednesday, 9 November in Washington, DC. The discussion examined the recent history of EU digital policy, from cybersecurity and data regulations to the promotion of digital innovations and competitiveness. Representing the transatlantic business perspective was Thibaut L’Ortye, Director of Public Affairs, AmCham EU, who emphasised the importance of cooperation in building a thriving digital economy.  

The role of digital innovation in global trade

9 Nov 2022
Digital Economy
Trade & External Affairs

On Thursday, 3 November, Roger Coelho, Senior Policy Director, AmCham EU, moderated a panel on digital trade at Chatham House in London. The ‘harnessing the power of digital trade’ panel explored how digital trade agreements and international cooperation can become tools for integrating emerging technologies in the global economy.

Transatlantic leadership at The Enterprise Forum UK

9 Nov 2022
Transatlantic

On Tuesday, 8 November 2022, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU spoke about ‘The role of the EU on Global Regulations and Standards’ at an event hosted by The Enterprise Forum UK. The discussion, moderated by Andrew Cumpsty, Chairman, Enterprise Forum UK, touched on the Trade and Technology Council (TTC) as well as the role of the EU on global regulations and standards. In times of crisis, international cooperation and transatlantic leadership is more critical than ever. Learn more about our advocacy work around the TTC here. 

Margrethe Vestager on the #DecadeOfDigital

8 Nov 2022
All Committees
Digital Economy

Announcing the keynote speaker for AmCham EU's 10th Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy Conference – Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President, A Europe Fit for the Digital Age. The completion of the EU’s digital transition is a top priority, yet questions remain as to how, where and when the European economy will be truly fit for the digital age. Register for in-person or online attendance on Tuesday, 29 November to hear these important perspectives and many more.  

Assessing the future of the competition playbook

3 Nov 2022
Competition policy

Competition policy must continue to fuel innovation, This was the message that Olivier Guersent, Director-General, Directorate-General for Competition, European Commission brought to the 39th Annual Competition Policy Conference on Wednesday, 26 October. With the European Commission's review of competition policy tools underway, as well as its work on related policies like the Foreign Subsidies Regulation, this year’s Competition Policy Conference could not have been timelier. Couldn’t attend? Find out what you missed. 

Advancing healthcare resilience after COVID-19

28 Oct 2022
Healthcare

On Tuesday, 25 October, AmCham EU hosted its annual healthcare plenary on ‘Advancing Healthcare Resilience as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic’ featuring a keynote address from Céline Gauer, Head of the Recovery and Resilience Task Force, European Commission. Gauer highlighted the need for reforms and investments both in primary care as well as on a structural level. She also emphasised that the private and public sectors need to work together to ensure sustainability in healthcare, and to promote development in cancer research.   

Register for the 10th Annual Digital Economy Conference

26 Oct 2022
All Committees
Digital Economy

Marking a decade of digital leadership, our Transatlantic Digital Economy Conference returns on Tuesday, 29 November, bringing together key stakeholders from the world of digital. In addition to comments from Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President, European Commission, hear how we can maximise the ambitions of the Trade and Technology Council and set tangible outcomes for future cooperation. In an age of geopolitical instability, we'll be examining the role of transatlantic cooperation in delivering resilience to an increasingly digitalised society. What's ahead for the next ten years in digital? Join us to find out, register today.

Celebrating European Gender Equality Week

25 Oct 2022
All Committees
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This week, we are celebrating the European Gender Equality Week. Advancing the rights of women is up to all of us, which is why we are proud to lead on the EMPOWER HER initiative. Working alongside the US Department of Commerce and the AmChams in Europe network, EMPOWER HER promotes the role of women in international trade and business. When we empower women, we empower our businesses and our society.  

Sustainable consumption for the green transition

25 Oct 2022
Consumer affairs
Environment

Promoting sustainable consumption and protecting consumers from unfair business practices will be key building blocks for successfully transitioning to a green future. The European Commission's Proposal for a Directive on empowering consumers for the green transition can ensure that consumers are able to fully participate in the circular economy. Clear regulatory definitions of sustainability standards coupled with the elimination of greenwashing and early planned obsolescence can go a long way toward improving the proposal. Read our full position paper here

Supporting the European Defence Industry through Common Procurement Act (EDIRPA)

25 Oct 2022
Security, Defence & Space

The European Commission recently proposed a new regulation establishing the European Defence Industry Reinforcement through common Procurement Act (EDIRPA) – a welcomed step towards greater reinforcement of European defence industrial capacities. Aggregating EU Member States’ demand in common defence procurement is an improvement for European defence industrial policy, benefitting both customers and suppliers. Check out our position paper to learn more

Discussing key issues with SEC Commissioner Crenshaw

25 Oct 2022
Financial Services
Responsible Business Conduct
Sustainable Finance
Transatlantic

On Thursday, 20 October, AmCham EU hosted a roundtable discussion with Caroline A. Crenshaw, Commissioner, US Securities and Exchange Commission. The conversation focused on corporate sustainability reporting, sustainability due diligence and upcoming regulations in the financial services sphere. 

Business Meets Government Summit: the transatlantic relationship in times of crisis

24 Oct 2022
All Committees
Transatlantic

On Monday, 24 October, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, spoke at AmCham Hungary’s Business Meets Government Summit in Budapest, Hungary. Bringing with her the perspective from Brussels, Susan spoke on the business impact of the EU-US relationship, as well as the shared values that underpin this united prosperity. She also discussed the concurrent crises threating that prosperity, including the war in Ukraine and rising energy and food prices. A strong transatlantic relationship, and cooperation among all actors in society, she explained, can provide a clear roadmap to recovery.

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