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Why Relay for Life makes a difference

8 Jun 2021
All Committees

For many years, AmCham EU staff and members have participated in Relay for Life; an initiative to raise funds for the Foundation against cancer. This year we sat down with Marie-Cecile Walravens, Chair, Relay for Life, International Community and Waterloo for a discussion on #WhyWeRelay; how the initiative makes a difference and more. Watch the full interview on our YouTube channel.  

ExCo spring plenary 2021

NEW - AmCham EU Executive Council meets with top EU officials

8 Jun 2021
All Committees
Executive Council

The Executive Council of AmCham EU held their annual virtual Spring Plenary with top EU officials. The group brings together senior business executives responsible for the European operations of some of AmCham EU’s member companies. The group is composed of almost 25 European CEOs and chaired by Chris Delaney, President, EMEA, Goodyear. Read more about the Executive Council by following this link.

Stefano Marmo elected Vice-President of SEAP Board

7 Jun 2021
All Committees

Stefano Marmo, Senior Policy Manager, AmCham EU has been elected Vice-President of the Board of the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) at their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 1 June. Stefano was previously appointed as Vice-President of the SEAP Board in 2020. Read more here.

Announcement - AmCham EU elects new Board members

4 Jun 2021
All Committees
Board
Communications and Marketing Group

AmCham EU would like to congratulate the following members on their recent election to the Board:

  • Leah Charpentier (FirstSolar) was elected Chair of the Communications and Marketing Group and Member of the Board for a second mandate.

  • Claudia Selli (AT&T) was confirmed as Member-at-Large (Corporate) of the Board for a second mandate.

  • Victoria Main (Cambre Associates) was elected Member-at-Large (Lawyer/Consultant) of the Board, succeeding Bertold Bär-Bouyssière (formerly DLA Piper).

AmCham EU would like to thank every candidate for standing and for the thought, energy and effort that went into the campaigns and presentations. We look forward to all candidates continuing to be engaged actively at AmCham EU.

Charging up the European Green Deal: the case for batteries

31 May 2021
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

The Circular Economy Action Plan has set out ambitious targets towards more sustainable production and consumption across the EU single market. The recent proposal for a Batteries Regulation inaugurates this new legislative cycle and promises to be a blueprint for forthcoming legislation around electromobility, sustainable products, supply chain due diligence and more.

Joint American Hour: Previewing the EU-US Summit with HE Stavros Lambrinidis

30 May 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic

During the latest iteration of the American Hour series on Thursday, 27 May, AmCham EU welcomed HE Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States for an exchange on the upcoming EU-US Summit. The meeting was co-organised with the US Chamber of Commerce.

Europe on its way to post-pandemic recovery

26 May 2021
All Committees

Discussions on the economic recovery continued on Thursday, 20 May with an AmChams in Europe live event. Zeger Vercouteren, Chairman of AmCham EU, and Blaž Brodnjak, President of AmCham Slovenia exchanged their views and experience as business leaders and as leaders of their respective AmChams. The discussion focused on the influence of COVID-19 pandemic on the AmChams and how they adapted to changing needs of their members. The fruitful discussion, moderated by Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU and Chair, AmChams in Europe network looked into the outlook for European and transatlantic economic recovery. Read our sector-by-sector recommendations for the recovery here.

NEW - Portuguese Presidency series: economic recovery

26 May 2021
All Committees

AmCham EU's Portuguese Presidency event series, co-hosted with AmCham Portugal, continued last week with a panel discussion on the status of the economic recovery. Opening remarks were delivered by Pedro Siza Vieira, Minister of Economy, Portugal who shared his comprehensive economic agenda that will seize the stimulus opportunities presented by Europe’s landmark Recovery and Resilience Facility. 

Joint statement to the 27 May Competitiveness Council on the Digital Markets Act (DMA)

26 May 2021
Competition policy
Digital Economy

The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), together with 14 co-signatories, issued a statement ahead of this week's Competitiveness Council discussions on the Digital Markets Act (DMA). While the DMA will play an important role in ensuring fair and open digital markets, it is equally important to emphasise the need for balanced and proportionate policy tools, regulatory dialogue and legal clarity for those businesses providing digital services across Europe. We invite you to read the statement in full here. Read AmCham EU's recent consultation response on the DMA here.

How can companies and institutions support employee well-being?

18 May 2021
All Committees
Diversity and Inclusion

On Tuesday, 11 May AmCham EU hosted an event entitled 'Mental Health in the post COVID-era: exploring how companies and institutions can support employee well-being'. The event brought together decision-makers, practitioners, experts and researchers to provide an overview of how the pandemic has affected employee mental health and what toolboxes business can use to support their workforce.

Invested in Europe: breathing life into MedTech startups

11 May 2021
All Committees

The use of technologies such as artificial intelligence holds huge potential for medicine. However, for start-ups looking to enter the MedTech market, access to data; high performance computers; and the ability to run pilots can be difficult barriers to overcome. That's where GE Healthcare’s Edison Accelerator platform comes in. Designed to seamlessly integrate AI based clinical applications into existing radiology reporting workflows, it efficiently manages these applications along with their execution and data flows by orchestrating the interoperation with various imaging devices, data stores and other information technology systems. Read more here.

Vaccine production waiver

A TRIPS waiver would jeopardise, not support, efforts to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine production globally

7 May 2021
All Committees
Intellectual Property

Global access to COVID-19 vaccines is critical for protecting the health of citizens around the world and ensuring a strong economic recovery. According to Airfinity data, industry is on track to produce 10 billion units of vaccine this year, with manufacturing capability set to increase even further. This is the largest ramp-up in the history of vaccine production. Intense collaboration between the public and private sectors and between companies, enabled by a stable intellectual property framework, has been an essential piece of this incredible success story in terms of research, manufacturing and distribution. 

Rebuilding trade post-COVID-19: Atlantic Council’s EU-US Future Forum

7 May 2021
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs

On Thursday, 6 May 2021, as part of the Atlantic Council’s EU-US Future Forum, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU took to the stage to discuss the state of transatlantic trade ties in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was joined for a panel discussion by Former Acting US Representative to the EU, Ronald Gidwitz, alongside Rupert Schlegelmiilch, Director of the Americas, Agriculture, and Food Safety, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission. The discussion was moderated by Katerina Sokou, Washington DC Correspondent, Kathimerini/SKAI TV.

Foreign Subsidies

Statement on EU foreign subsidies proposal

6 May 2021
Competition policy

With yesterday’s proposal for a regulation on foreign subsidies, the European Commission seeks to address foreign subsidies which risk distorting the EU internal market and undermine a level playing field. The American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU) supports the Commission’s efforts to strengthen the resilience and competitiveness of the Single Market and find the appropriate balance between fair competition and open trade when addressing non-EU subsidies.

Industrial Strategy 2021 digital manufacturing

New EU industrial strategy: Single Market is key to economic recovery

5 May 2021
All Committees

On Wednesday, 5 May, the European Commission put forward its revised industrial strategy, responding to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the urgency to tackle the digital and green transitions. It outlines how the EU plans to strengthen the resilience and competitiveness of the Single Market in the global economy.

Relay for Life 2021: Brussels – Washington, DC to fight cancer

29 Apr 2021
All Committees

We've almost made it from Brussels to DC and back - all thanks to you! Help us get home by signing up for Relay for Life 2021. We're walking to honour those who have survived, those who are fighting and those who are no longer with us, including our dear colleague Andreas Galanakis. Our goal is to match the 12,000 kilometres with a similar amount in donations. All amounts count, big or small - learn more about the difference your donation can make here.

Flags of the EU for Better Regulation

Better Regulation at the heart of policymaking

29 Apr 2021
Institutional Affairs

Today, the European Commission released its highly-anticipated Communication on Better Regulation. It marks a positive step forward for high-quality and transparent decision making in the EU building on earlier commitments to develop a strong Better Regulation approach ‘at the heart’ of policymaking. Through the inclusion of a wide range of stakeholders and the adoption of a science-based approach, rules and standards can encourage innovation and the emergence of new goods and services. However, unnecessary administrative burden and regulation also affect growth and can make it more difficult for companies to expand.

World IP Day 2021: bringing ideas to the market

29 Apr 2021
All Committees
Intellectual Property

On the occasion of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, 26 April 2021, AmCham EU teamed up with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to host an event which explored the topic of what SMEs need to succeed.

EU-UK agreement

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: European Parliament vote brings further certainty

28 Apr 2021
All Committees
EU-UK

The European Parliament formally gave consent to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which sets out the terms of the future relationship between the EU and the UK. This deal is a strong building block towards an ambitious partnership across the Channel. While the agreement conditionally came into force on 31 December 2020, the vote brings further certainty for companies operating across the Channel as the temporary implementation period was scheduled to end later this week.

Earth Day 2021

An Earth Day to remember: EU and US leaders step up climate ambition

26 Apr 2021
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Last week was a big week for global climate ambition, with President Biden convening 40 world leaders for a virtual Climate Summit on the occasion of Earth Day. To mark the occasion, a number of countries followed the US’ lead in making tangible commitments to reduce emissions. This followed news that, earlier in the week, EU lawmakers had reached an agreement on the ‘European Climate Law’ after 14 hours of ‘trilogue’ negotiations between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU.

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