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AmCham EU hosts plenary on Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability

8 Jan 2021
Plenary Meeting

On Tuesday, 15 December AmCham EU hosted a plenary meeting on the European Commission’s recently published Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The discussion between representatives from both industry and EU institutions explored the challenges and expectations of the strategy in leading towards a sustainable and toxic-free environment and how companies may play a role in steering these changes whilst remaining competitive and innovative.

AmCham EU responds to impact assessment on medicines for children and rare diseases

7 Jan 2021

AmCham EU responded to the recent inception impact assessment on the revision of the EU legislation on medicines for children and rare diseases. In the response we encouraged the European Commission to protect frameworks that stimulate R&D, to build on the EU’s strengths and to incorporate learning from other regions. Read the full response here.

AmCham EU wishes you a happy new year!

6 Jan 2021
All Committees

Happy new year from AmCham EU! We wish you a happy, healthy 2021.

EU-UK deal marks beginning of new partnership

24 Dec 2020
All Committees
EU-UK Task Force

Brussels, 24 December 2020 - Today, the EU and the UK have reached an agreement on the terms of their future relationship. This deal is a fundamental building block towards a strong and ambitious partnership across the Channel that we trust will continue to develop in the future.

AmCham EU responds to European Data Protection Board recommendations

22 Dec 2020
Digital Economy

AmCham EU appreciates the attempt of the European Commission to provide a roadmap for the implementation of the new standard contractual clauses (SCCs) as well as European Data Protection Board's (EDPB) public consultation on the Recommendations 01/2020 to collect feedback on the supplementary measures. However, we are concerned that the EDPB guidance goes beyond both the general data protection regulation and the Schrems II ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Read our full consultation response here.

Global business community calls on EU to safeguard international data flows

21 Dec 2020
Digital Economy

The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) joins a wide-ranging coalition of industry groups in a call to the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the European Commission to ensure much-needed legal certainty around data flows in and outside of the European Union. 

‘International data flows are an integral pillar of global trade, and any disruption to their free flow constitutes a major challenge to every economic sector,’ the groups wrote in a letter sent on Monday, 21 December. ‘The recent developments following the Schrems II judgment in the European Union are creating deep uncertainty throughout the world, as the wide geographic variety of co-signatories to this statement demonstrates.’

American companies support the EU’s climate ambitions

17 Dec 2020
Transport, Energy & Climate

Last week marked the fifth year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. American companies in Europe remain committed to the objectives of the agreement and creating a greener economy in Europe. Clearly-defined targets, and a path for achieving them, will be essential to reaching climate ambitions. AmCham EU will continue to be a constructive partner in the definition and implementation of climate policies.

Uniting for diversity: integrating people into the workplace

16 Dec 2020
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

At selected manufacturing plants in Spain, CNH Industrial has implemented its ‘ENCLAVE LABORAL’ initiative to integrate people with physical and cognitive impairments into the manufacturing area. The project has been a real success in demonstrating that workers with disabilities can perform just as well as their able-bodied colleagues on the factory floor. It has also been a highly impactful initiative for the employees themselves. Check out our video with personnel from CNH Industrial’s IVECO Madrid plant to learn more about the company’s contribution to a more inclusive society.

Letter to Commissioner McGuinness: Cooperation on open, innovative and sustainable European financial markets

15 Dec 2020
Financial Services
Sustainable Finance Task Force

The Financial Services Committee together with the Sustainable Finance Task Force sent a letter to Commissioner Mairead McGuinness congratulating her on her appointment as European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability and Capital Markets Union. AmCham EU, as a unique forum for discussion and advocacy on regulatory and policy matters relating to transatlantic capital markets and mutually beneficial investment for the EU and US, is a strong supporter of dialogue and cooperation between EU and US financial services authorities. Read the letter here

Business concerns vis-à-vis Turkish additional customs duties

10 Dec 2020
Customs & Trade Facilitation

AmCham EU wishes to raise to the European Council and European Commission our concerns vis-à-vis the additional customs duties (ACDs) implemented by Turkey during the COVID-19 pandemic. Turkey has been imposing and increasing ACDs in April and May 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on a wide range of products. AmCham EU is committed to open trade and trade liberalisation measures as a matter of principle. In these challenging times, trade must remain free to help usher in economic recovery and restore broad-based prosperity. Read our position here.

Uniting for diversity: partnering for inclusion

9 Dec 2020
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

FTI Consulting has partnered with the Taylor Bennett Foundation, a charity that encourages BAME students to pursue a career in communications. FTI Consulting aims to support opportunity for all colleagues equally; irrespective of ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, religion, disability or age. FTI has an active global diversity and inclusion programme which is complemented locally with such initiatives as the partnership with the Taylor Bennett Foundation in London and Brussels. Going forward, FTI Consulting is working towards a charter of standards that reflects its commitments to diversity and inclusion. Check out our video with personnel from FTI Consulting’s Brussels office to learn more the company’s contribution to a more inclusive society.

Enabling Europe’s digital future through education

9 Dec 2020
All Committees
Future of Work, Education & Skills

The COVID-19 crisis has unveiled the critical importance of digital literacy, skills and capacity at all levels of education and training and for all levels of digital skills. Enabling digital education though adequate infrastructure and equipment as well as supporting the growth of a holistic set of digital skills are fundamental steps to ensure that EU citizens are equipped to thrive in an increasingly technology-driven world. AmCham EU is committed to playing a role in fostering digital skills and improving opportunities for education and training for all in Europe. Read our position paper on ‘Enabling Europe’s digital future through education’ here.

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU participates in ESSEC Virtual Climate Talk

9 Dec 2020
Transport, Energy & Climate

On Tuesday, 8 December Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU participated in a panel discussing the impact of the US election on climate issues and the future of EU-US relations at a Virtual Climate Talk organised by the ESSEC Business School. The panel also included Pascal Canfin, MEP (RE, FR), Chair, Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI); Gina McCarthy, CEO, National Resources Defense Council; Cedomir Nestorovic, Professor of Geopolitics, ESSEC Business school and Andrew Steer, CEO, World Resources Institute. Watch the discussion here.

Investing in Europe's recovery: Read our sectoral recommendations

7 Dec 2020
All Committees
Policy Group

Over six months ago, the European Commission put forward its Recovery Plan for Europe; an unprecedented initiative to help kickstart the economy and build the European society of tomorrow. AmCham EU remains committed to playing our part. Our guiding principles and priorities for Europe’s future remain focused on the transition towards a greener, more digital and more resilient economy. Check out our back-to-basics sectoral recommendations in the areas of the Green Deal, digital, multilateralism, healthcare, along with a fair and inclusive recovery here

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU chairs discussion on future of EU-US relations at 31st Greek Economic Summit

7 Dec 2020
All Committees

On Wednesday, 2 December, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU moderated a panel on the future of EU-US relations at the 31st annual Greek Economy Summit organised by AmCham Greece. The panel was composed of Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou, MEP (EPP, EL), Fran Burwell, Atlantic Council and Marjorie Chorlins, US Chamber of Commerce. Watch the discussion here.

Town Hall on the future of EU-UK relations

7 Dec 2020

For the December edition of its monthly Town Hall meetings for members, AmCham EU welcomed Stefaan De Rynck, Senior Advisor to Michel Barnier, Chief EU Negotiator for Brexit, Task Force for Relations with the UK, European Commission. During the meeting, Mr De Rynck shared his insights on how negotiations on future EU-UK relations are progressing and how the business community can constructively take part in this process. 

Renewed enthusiasm for a positive and ambitious transatlantic agenda

7 Dec 2020
All Committees
Transatlantic Task Force

Following the release of the European Commission and High Representatives’s proposed new transatlantic agenda for global cooperation, AmCham EU believes this renewed enthusiasm and vision for the EU-US relationship is a positive step forward. The EU and the US remain each other’s strongest allies. We stand ready to support an ambitious transatlantic agenda that can accelerate the economic recovery. In reaction to the news, Zeger Vercouteren (J&J), Chair, AmCham EU noted that the EU-US partnership is critical to jobs, prosperity and security on both sides of the Atlantic.

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU celebrates 25 years with our organisation

2 Dec 2020
All Committees
Communications and Marketing Group
Operations Group

We would like to take a moment to recognise the outstanding commitment of Susan Danger, our CEO, over the past 25 years. Susan joined AmCham Belgium's EU Committee in 1995 as Communications Manager and later became Managing Director of the newly spun-off AmCham EU in 2004 before being named CEO in 2016. Her time at AmCham EU can be characterised by its constant modernisation, maintaining a sustainable structure that supports member expectations while consistently improving quality of work and reputation. Thank you for your incredible contribution, Susan!

Working towards a more sustainable European aviation industry

2 Dec 2020
Transport, Energy & Climate

On Monday, 30 November AmCham EU published its position on sustainable aviation. Our members represent the entire aviation value chain, from jet fuel providers and engine manufacturers to airframers and aircraft end-users. These members are investing sizable amounts in innovating for environmental improvement, including through the modernisation of aircraft fleets, as well as flight and ground optimisation. Find more on AmCham EU's position on encouraging a more sustainable European aviation industry here. Learn more about the role AmCham EU members are playing in the transition towards a greener European economy here

AmCham EU CEO discusses EU-US relations with Euronews

1 Dec 2020
All Committees

Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU sat down with Euronews on Monday, 30 November to discuss the European Commission's plans to further the EU-US relationship. The Commission's plans focus on five key priority areas, including combatting climate change, enhancing the economic recovery and upholding multilateralism. Susan welcomed the plans and highlighted the importance of a positive transatlantic relationship for prosperity and growth on both sides of the Atlantic. The interview can be viewed here in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Greek and Hungarian.