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AmCham EU hosts US Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez

7 Feb 2022
All Committees
Transatlantic

On Wednesday, 2 February, AmCham EU hosted Jose W. Fernandez, Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, US Department of State. The meeting focused on a number of issues impacting transatlantic partners, including trade, supply chain security, energy and environment. The Under Secretary travelled to Brussels for a range of meetings with senior EU officials.

EU industrial ecosystems on the path to the green and digital transition

7 Feb 2022
All Committees
Competition policy
Future of Work, Education & Skills
Trade & External Affairs

Industry is a critical sector in Europe, accounting for more than 32 million jobs. It is also an enabler of the economic recovery, powering the green and digital transitions across the Single Market. To improve the region’s global competitiveness, the EU’s industrial strategy should focus on digitalising European industry, creating the right environment for a clean future, accelerating the EU circular economy and reinforcing the rules-based trading system. Join the conversation this week at the EU Industry Days, which will focus on the role of youth in shaping the future of industry. Read more about our priorities here.

Want not, waste not? Making EU circularity goals a reality

27 Jan 2022
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

The proliferation of labelling requirements for waste disposal across the Member States is impeding the fulfillment of recycling targets. Meanwhile, alignment on consumer labelling instructions for waste disposal is needed across the EU. Find out why the way you recycle the package of your pain au chocolat matters, what opportunities policymakers must seize to ensure circular economy objectives are met and what lessons can be learnt from US companies around circularity 

From pandemic to recovery: what does 2022 hold in store for the EU and the world

26 Jan 2022
All Committees

During the first plenary meeting of the year on Tuesday, 25 January, AmCham EU welcomed Suzanne Lynch, Playbook Brussels co-author, POLITICO Europe and Alex Pigman, Brussels correspondent, Agence France-Presse for an interactive session diving into the news stories that will likely dominate the headlines in 2022 and the overall political trends that will drive the conversation in Brussels and beyond. The panel was moderated by Victoria Main, CEO, SEC Newgate EU and Member of the Board at AmCham EU. During the meeting, the 2022 Strategic Plan was also presented and a new member was voted in: General Motors.

French Presidency recommendations: how to deliver on the EU’s green ambitions

20 Jan 2022
Agriculture & Food
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Between 20 and 22 January 2022, the EU Climate and Energy Ministers will meet in Amiens, France, to discuss the state of a wide range of environmental issues. This is a unique opportunity for the French Presidency of the Council of the EU to advance the common European climate agenda. Take a look at AmCham EU’s recommendations to support the EU’s green transition.

Congratulations to the new European Parliament President, Roberta Metsola

18 Jan 2022
All Committees
European Parliament Outreach

On Tuesday, 18 January Roberta Metsola, MEP (EPP, MT) was elected as President of the European Parliament with 458 votes in the first round of balloting. Together with our member companies operating in Europe, AmCham EU looks forward to working closely with President Metsola and the European Parliament to ensure a prosperous and sustainable EU recovery.

Forging Europe’s recovery together: health preparedness

18 Jan 2022
All Committees
Healthcare

COVID-19 has taught us the importance of ensuring our healthcare systems are resilient and prepared to face future health threats. Andrea Chiarello (Pfizer) discusses how collaboration between industry and public authorities can increase European innovation potential and attract private investment in life sciences and healthcare. Watch to find out what lessons EU policymakers should draw from the pandemic.  

Leadership update

17 Jan 2022
Agriculture & Food
Healthcare
Intellectual Property
Transport, Energy & Climate
EU-UK
Diversity and Inclusion

AmCham EU is pleased to announce the results of the elections that took place from December till mid-January and welcome new and re-elected leaders. We wish successful terms to Carsten Dannöhl (Caterpillar); Nicola del Valle de Sousa Gavaia (McDonald’s); Alexander Majer (First Solar); Simona Popa (InterDigital); Sofia Trenor (Amazon); and Felix Uedelhoven (GE). 

The Secretariat would also like to thank those who are stepping down for the extraordinary work they completed during their terms: Kate Ballentyne (former Chevron); Veronika Bendere (MSD), who remains as Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force; Luca Bellomo (MSD); Taggart Davis (JP Morgan Chase Co); Walter Van der Meiren (UPS), who remains as Chair of the Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee; and Benjamin Neyt (LVMH).

More details about the leadership changes mentioned above can be found here.  

Recommendations to the French Presidency

14 Jan 2022
All Committees
Presidency

On January 2022, France took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Despite impressive efforts to get vaccines into the arms of the majority of citizens, Europe now finds itself in the midst of a fresh wave, which is further complicated by the emergence of the new Omicron variant of the virus. As Member States begin to obtain disbursements of the historic NextGenerationEU recovery instrument, the French Presidency is taking on a critical task in overseeing the substantive rebuild of Europe’s economy around the twin transitions of environmental protection and digitalisation. Our recommendations to the French Presidency aim to ensure we reach our common goals of a more prosperous and more competitive EU.

Forging Europe’s recovery together: inclusivity

11 Jan 2022
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion

COVID-19 has created a crisis with deep socio-economic consequences and groups like women, youth, immigrants and people with disabilities have been disproportionally affected by the impacts of the pandemic. Inclusion should be at the heart of Europe’s recovery. Aliki Foinikopoulou (Salesforce), Vice-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, AmCham EU discusses how closing the skills gap, designing upskilling programs for the workforce and creating more job opportunities will ensure the EU’s just and inclusive recovery

Minimum tax: Consistent implementation will be critical

22 Dec 2021
Tax

Brussels, 22 December 2021 – the European Commission published the directive implementing the global rules on a minimum effective tax rate of 15%. The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) believes the directive should be fully aligned with the international agreement and consistently applied across the EU.

Mark Gitenstein confirmed as new US Ambassador to the EU

21 Dec 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic

Following a vote in the United States Senate on Saturday, 18 December 2021, Mark Gitenstein has been confirmed as the United States Ambassador to the European Union.

The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) congratulates Ambassador Gitenstein on his confirmation. We look forward to welcoming him to Europe and to collaborating closely with him and his team as we continue to build and strengthen the transatlantic partnership.

Providing consumers with clear sorting instructions for waste

20 Dec 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Unilateral waste sorting instructions impede the free movement of packaged goods in the Single Market and work in opposition to recycling targets and circular economy objectives. In response to a rising number of national labelling initiatives, AmCham EU has signed a cross-industry statement calling for the harmonisation of frameworks across Member States. The statement outlines a comprehensive set of solutions to facilitate the establishment of an easy and understandable system for correct waste sorting at source.

Ensuring harmonisation and consistency across due diligence frameworks

17 Dec 2021
Responsible Business Conduct

A harmonised approach to due diligence across the EU can help ensure respect for human rights and the environment. The proliferation of due diligence policies at various levels risks diverting resources towards compliance, instead of promoting collective action. AmCham EU alongside thirteen industry associations and business initiatives issued a joint statement outlining priorities that will ensure harmonisation and consistency across due diligence frameworks as well as alignment with the objectives of the EU Green Deal. Read the full statement

Building blocks for a decarbonised EU

16 Dec 2021
Digital Economy
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

The European Commission recently released its revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aimed at achieving large-scale decarbonisaton of the building sector by 2050. AmCham EU supports the Commission’s efforts and acknowledgement of the sector’s ability to be a key driver in lowering emissions to reach the EU’s climate objectives.  

Friend-shoring: Boosting Supply Chain Resilience

16 Dec 2021
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic

To discuss the future of  EU-US cooperation, Susan Danger joined a panel titled 'Reshoring or “Friend-shoring”: Boosting Supply Chain Resilience' at the Transatlantic Business Works Summit organised by the US Chamber of Commerce. The panellists highlighted the challenges that global supply chains are facing today and emphasised the importance of a strengthened transatlantic partnership in securing critical production and distribution.

New research shows all EU regions benefit from exports

15 Dec 2021
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs
Executive Council

National exports are an engine of regional output and employment growth, a new study has found. The research was carried out by leading economics consultancy LE Europe and commissioned by AmCham EU. All EU-27 regions benefitted from the growth in exports over the past decade, regardless of their GDP level. The economic analysis shows that on average a 1% increase in national exports leads to a 0.9% increase in local jobs and output. Stronger regional economic performance is driven by a host of factors, including manufacturing base, transport and communications infrastructure, innovation ecosystems and education level.

Promoting sustainable water use in industry

14 Dec 2021
All Committees
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Industries can reduce the risk of shortages and conserve natural resources by optimising the use of water. Ecolab’s innovative cooling water technology improves the water cycle while bringing significant savings in costs, energy efficiency and emissions. Learn how water optimisation helps to fulfill their corporate sustainability commitments and boost the industries’ efficiency. 

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

Mark your calendars for Transatlantic Week 2022

14 Dec 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic

With 2022 fast approaching, now is the time to mark your calendars for Transatlantic Week 2022. Join us on Thursday, 24 March as leaders from both sides of the Atlantic discuss all things transatlantic. Stay tuned for more information and be sure to check out the highlights from last year's edition here.

AmCham EU CEO Susan Danger re-elected as Chairwoman of the AmChams in Europe network

14 Dec 2021
All Committees

Susan Danger, CEO, American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), has been re-elected as Chairwoman of the AmChams in Europe network. She will serve for a second two-year term leading the Executive Committee of the umbrella organisation for 46 American Chambers of Commerce from 44 countries throughout Europe and Eurasia. AmChams in Europe represents the interests of more than 17,000 American and European companies employing 20 million workers.

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