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AmChams in Europe: Solidarity, coordination and action

7 Apr 2020
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Solidarity, coordination and action: what we need to fight COVID-19 and protect the economy

The world is facing an extraordinary challenge from the outbreak of COVID-19. The pandemic poses a severe threat to the health and wellbeing of citizens and the global economy with harmful consequences for all parts of society. AmChams in Europe, the umbrella organization for 45 AmChams from 43 countries across Europe and Eurasia, fully support governments’ efforts to tackle the pandemic and mitigate its effects. The mobilization of resources has been unprecedented, and we need continued leadership to address the impact of the crisis on society.

American Hour with Kate Kalutkiewicz, White House

3 Apr 2020
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As a committed bridge-builder and trusted partner, AmCham EU is bringing the EU and US even closer in our new online fireside chat series, called American Hour. On Thursday, 2 April, we held out first session with Kate Kalutkiewicz, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Trade Policy, National Economic Council, White House. During the chat, Susan Danger, AmCham EU CEO provided opening remarks and noted that: ‘Cooperation – not competition – is and will always remain the key for a vibrant transatlantic partnership.’ 

Thank you Taggart Davis (JP Morgan), Chair of AmCham EU's Transatlantic Task Force for moderating the discussion. 

AmCham Turkey Webinar

3 Apr 2020
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On Friday, 3 April, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU and Joris Pollet, Chair of Operations Group AmCham EU and Managing Director Government Relations Europe, Procter & Gamble joined a webinar organised by AmCham Turkey/American Business Forum in Turkey (ABFT) on Europe's Approach to COVID-19: Business Continuity & Social Impacts. In a discussion moderated by Tankut Turnaoğlu, AmCham Turkey/ABFT Chair (Procter & Gamble), Susan highlighted the EU-wide response to fight against the outbreak and the steps taken by the AmChams in Europe network and AmCham EU in supporting their members. Joris Pollet focused on the actions taken by the private sector as well as best practices from the governments in Member States.

Coffee to Connect

2 Apr 2020
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On Wednesday, 1 April, AmCham EU CEO, Susan Danger was a guest speaker for AmCham Slovenia’s Coffee to Connect series. A discussion with AmCham Slovenia Executive Director, Ajša Vodnik covered the EU’s measures and response to the COVID-19 crisis, the reactions of Member States, and the impact on EU-US relations. Representatives of AmCham Slovenia’s member companies joined the call. You can watch the insightful discussion here.   

New COVID-19 portal

30 Mar 2020
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AmCham EU has developed a new public portal to share information and resources on the COVID-19 pandemic. It brings together updates from the EU institutions and Member States, as well as insights into the business response to the crisis. The portal also features initiatives from member companies to support local communities in Europe and globally through these unprecedented times. The information is being updated daily.

Visit the new portal.

AmCham EU calls for additional border management measures during the COVID-19 health crisis

27 Mar 2020
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Customs & Trade Facilitation

Brussels – On Wednesday, 25 March 2020, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) sent a letter to Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, Stephen Quest, Director General of DG TAXUD and Philip Kermode, Director, Customs (TAXUD.A), DG TAXUD, calling for a coordinated response with the Member States to the COVID-19 crisis on customs border management and flow of commercial goods.

AmCham EU and US Chamber of Commerce launch Transatlantic Economy 2020 report

27 Mar 2020
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On Thursday, 26 March 2020, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) and the US Chamber of Commerce hosted an online event to mark the launch of our Transatlantic Economy 2020 report. To watch the event again, click here.

AmCham EU features in Global AmChams online briefing

26 Mar 2020
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On Thursday 26 March, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, was a guest speaker on a worldwide online briefing hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce for the global AmChams network.

New study: COVID-19 set to test the resilience of the transatlantic economy

26 Mar 2020
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A new study on the transatlantic economy stresses the impact the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will have on both the European and US economies. The current crisis adds to existing economic and political instability, which, in turn, challenges the world’s largest marketplace. Despite mounting uncertainty, the 2020 report emphasises that the fundamentals of the transatlantic relationship remain strong, and will likely play a role in the economic recovery to come. 

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU, said: ‘We need the US and the EU to work together, with the entire global community, to ensure a coordinated approach to the health emergency caused by COVID-19 and its ripple effects on the economy. Bold action from governments is critical to protect citizens’ health and shield our economies from the impact of a global recession.’ She went on to say: ‘Today’s crisis demonstrates the continued importance of transatlantic cooperation.’

To download the study, please click here.

 

US chargé d'affaires dials in for our first online Plenary

26 Mar 2020
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On Tuesday, 24 March 2020, AmCham EU hosted its first online Plenary meeting with over 70 participants from across our membership. The internal part provided key updates on COVID-19, membership and upcoming policy initiatives. 

The Plenary then featured Mark Libby, Chargé d’Affaires, US Mission to the EU, who showcased US efforts to address the current pandemic and called for renewed EU-US cooperation to tackle the crisis.

The discussion was followed by a presentation on ongoing tax policy initiatives at the EU and OECD levels by Will Morris, Chair, Tax Committee, AmCham EU and Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader, PwC.

Join AmCham EU online

18 Mar 2020
All Committees

Due to the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak AmCham EU staff is working from home. AmCham EU is upgrading its digital services to ensure members can continue to join our activities remotely. Our members have our full commitment and we are operating business online where committee and task force meetings will continue taking place. Should you wish to contact any member of the staff, you can find our contact details in the AmCham EU staff page. Otherwise, please do send an email to info@amchameu.eu  or call the temporary general line (+32 2 289 10 17). 

AmCham EU launches new Circular Economy brochure

11 Mar 2020
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On Wednesday, 11 March 2020, we launched our new brochure, ‘The Circular Economy: 15 innovative industry solutions that drive a sustainable future’ which features a series of solutions, as well as recommendations for EU policymakers as they take steps towards building and implementing the new circular economy strategy.

The brochure is being launched on the same day as the European Commission's new Circular Economy Action Plan which will seek to strengthen EU industry, help fight climate change and preserve the EU’s natural environment. Check out our new webpage here!

Transatlantic Week postponed

10 Mar 2020
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The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) is postponing its Transatlantic Week 2020 (Wednesday 25 March to Friday 27 March). The series of events, which includes the Transatlantic Reception, the Transatlantic Conference and the Brussels Briefing for European AmChams, will be rescheduled to the autumn.

In light of the COVID-19 global outbreak, the AmCham EU Board of Directors has decided to postpone the events as a precaution to ensure the health and safety of our guests, speakers, members and staff. In addition, current guidelines restricting international travel for government officials and corporates are limiting the ability of many guests to attend.

The Transatlantic Week has always been about bringing people together from both sides of the Atlantic to discuss the future of the transatlantic relationship. We feel that in the current circumstances we are not able to meet this goal.

US business in Europe supports integrated EU industrial strategy

10 Mar 2020
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On Tuesday 10 March, the European Commission has announced its plan for a renewed industrial strategy to bolster the EU’s competitiveness. The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) is encouraged by the focus on an integrated approach that promotes industrial innovation and recognises the importance of value chains.

AmCham EU celebrates International Women's Day 2020

9 Mar 2020
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On Sunday, 8 March 2020, AmCham EU celebrated International Women's Day through a campaign which highlights the progress of women in the workplace as well as looking at how we can help realise equality. The campaign includes a video which features four different and interesting perspectives from Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU; Elizabeth Krahulecz, Chair of AmCham EU's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force and Associate Partner, EY; Thibaut L'Ortye, Associate Director of Public Affairs, AmCham EU and Christina Taylor, Market Engagement Intern, AmCham EU. AmCham EU's campaign forms part of a wider social media movement under the hashtag #EachforEqual. Check out the video here.  

AmCham EU responds to the new Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2024

9 Mar 2020

On Thursday, 5 March 2020 the European Commission presented its new Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2024. The document sets out an ambitious plan to advance opportunities for women across Europe, allowing them to thrive and achieve success throughout their careers.

AmCham EU voices its support for gender equality and looks forward to working together with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States on this crucial initiative.

Online launch of AmCham EU's Circular Economy Brochure

5 Mar 2020
All Committees

On Wednesday, 11 March 2020, we will be launching our new brochure, ‘The Circular Economy: 15 innovative industry solutions that drive a sustainable future’ which features a series of solutions, as well as recommendations for EU policymakers as they take steps towards building and implementing the new Circular Economy strategy. The online launch will be followed by an event, details will follow shortly. The brochure is being launched on the same day as the European Commission's new Circular Economy Action Plan which will seek to strengthen EU industry, help fight climate change and preserve the EU’s natural environment. 

AmCham EU’s position on Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

5 Mar 2020
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With a member base from across various industries, we are well positioned to have input on healthcare-related legislation and we want to ensure that policies add value to and benefit the entire healthcare ecosystem. We have prepared a response to the European Commission Roadmap on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. Find it here

AmCham EU delegation visit to Berlin

5 Mar 2020
All Committees

From Monday, 2 to Wednesday, 4 March 2020, a delegation of AmCham EU members and secretariat visited Berlin for a series of meetings with representatives of the German federal government and the German Bundestag. During the visit, they also met with the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany (AmCham Germany) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). This visit occured ahead of the upcoming German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, commencing Wednesday, 1 July 2020. 

AmCham EU co-signs position on the EU 'Own Resource on Unrecycled Plastic Packaging'

24 Feb 2020
All Committees

AmCham EU has co-signed a Common Industry Association Position Paper on the EU ‘Own Resource on unrecycled plastic packaging’, with a wide range of actors from the packaging value chain in Europe. A total of 59 associations from around Europe have co-signed the position paper, you can find the position here. 

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