On Tuesday 7 July, AmCham EU organised a workshop with officials from the Commission and the Member States on the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act. The panel featured representatives from the US government and experts from European and American corporations across various sectors of the economy. The panellists shared their views and experience in complying with the Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in order to feed into the current EU debate on conflict minerals.
AmCham EU participated in a Thursday 2 July civil society stakeholders discussion with Ignacio Garcia Bercero, EU Chief Negotiator on Regulatory Cooperation in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement.
Global business leaders, representatives from the investment community and government officials came together on Wednesday 24 June for The Case for Investing in Europe conference to discuss why Europe remains a key location for foreign investment and how we can maintain this going forward.
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The June plenary took place on Tuesday 16 June. The focus for the plenary was on Medical Devices with Tomasz Husak, Head of Cabinet to Elzbieta Bienkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission, and Carsten Bermig, Member of Bienkowska's Cabinet, as keynote speakers. Mr Husak delivered an address on 'the new regulatory framework for medical devices: combining patients' safety and innovation'.
Hendrik Bourgeois, Chair of the AmCham EU TTIP Task Force, quoted in Politico on Tuesday 9 June, believes that if the European Parliament rejects TTIP over ISDS, the scope of the agreement will be called into question. Read full article here.
AmCham EU hosted a briefing for members on the results of the annual Pew survey of European attitudes toward the EU, the EU institutions, the European Project, the economy, minorities and extremist political views in Europe on Thursday 4 June.
Bruce Stokes, Director for Global Economic Attitudes at Pew Research provided an overview of the findings of the survey, which found an increase in the number of Europeans who believe the rise of Eurosceptic parties is a positive development.
The annual AmCham EU Gala took place on the evening of Wednesday 3 June at the Concert Noble in Brussels. The Gala was attended by over 250 guests.
The laureates of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium, Violinists Ji Young Lim and Oleksii Semenenko, performed two pieces each to the seated audience. AmCham EU is delighted to announce that the laureates will also play at the Philips Collection in Washington D.C. on 1 November 2015.
Melanie Faithfull Kent, Chief Operating Officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies, has been confirmed as the Chair of the Communications and Marketing Group and the newest member of the AmCham EU Board. She will serve a two-year term.
In its letter, AmCham EU explains that it has participated in all EU stakeholder engagement on endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) from its inception, and has been transparent in both its positioning and outreach.
Pastora Valero, head of Government Affairs for the EMEAR (Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia) region at Cisco and Chair of the AmCham EU Digital Economy Committee, discusses the European Commission’s recent proposals to make the Digital Single Market a reality.
AmCham EU’s Financial Services Committee travelled to Frankfurt for meetings with the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the European Central Bank (ECB) on Monday 18 May. They discussed the implementation of insurance legislation and the proposed structural reforms for banks with officials.