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Towards a strong European cybersecurity environment

4 Jul 2021
All Committees
Digital Economy

A strong cybersecurity environment poses a key priority for Europe’s economy. As the use of digital solutions grows, the need to ensure that Europe’s networks and information systems are resilient against evolving cyberattacks is paramount. Our suggestions for an improved resilience of the EU’s cybersecurity focus on the scope of the proposal for a revised Directive on Security of Network and Information systems (NIS 2 Directive), the risk-based approach, proportional obligations, legislative overlap and conflicting requirements as well as offering insight on reporting obligations and thresholds. Read our response here.

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AmCham EU hosts Special 4th of July American Hour

2 Jul 2021
All Committees

To celebrate Independence Day in the US, AmCham EU hosted an American Hour Special on Friday, 2 July. Members had the chance to enjoy some music with our special guest musician Kevin Gaudeus, network with colleagues from the US Mission to the EU and test their European and American history knowledge during our ‘4th of July quiz’. Thanks to all the participants and congratulations again to Michael Young (Verizon) who won the quiz – an American basket is on its way to you!  Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Annual Report 2020

2020 Annual Report

1 Jul 2021
All Committees

2020 was a year like no other. What started with optimism around a fresh European Commission mandate, as well as a US election on the horizon, quickly gave way when the first cases of COVID-19 landed on European shores. Despite the challenging circumstances, we worked to continue to provide value for our members by adapting to the unique context. The impacts of the pandemic have only further highlighted the importance for AmCham EU to continue being a strong voice for American companies in Europe. Our 2020 annual report provides a snapshot of how AmCham EU continues to be the best representative for US business committed to and invested in Europe.

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Susan Danger joins spiritsEUROPE’s Annual Trade Review

29 Jun 2021
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic

On Tuesday, 29 June, as part of spiritsEUROPE’s Annual Trade Review, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU took the stage to discuss the state of the transatlantic relationship in the wake of the recent EU-US Summit. She was joined for a panel discussion by Matthias Jørgensen, Head of Unit at DG TRADE; Iana Dreyer, Founder and Editor of Borderlex; and Darya Galperina, Head of International Trade at Pernod Ricard. The discussion was moderated by Jean-Paul Judson, Founder and Director of NOWMORE.

AmCham EU shares recommendations to the Slovenian Presidency

28 Jun 2021
All Committees

With the vaccine roll-out well underway, the EU’s attention is now turning to life after the pandemic. The Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will take on a critical role in overseeing the substantive rebuild of Europe’s economy around the twin transitions of environmental protection and digitalisation. Our recommendations to the Slovenian Presidency aim to ensure we reach our common objectives of a stronger and more prosperous EU. The document highlights the priorities and recommendations that we believe will make Europe more competitive and an attractive place for investment. AmCham EU looks forward to working closely with Slovenia during its Presidency to ensure we reach our common objectives of strong, green and digital economic recovery.

AmCham EU hosts Annual General Meeting

23 Jun 2021
All Committees

On Tuesday, 22 June, AmCham EU held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) virtually. The meeting offered members the opportunity to review last year’s accomplishments and discuss future plans for the organisation in 2021 and beyond. Reporting and voting on the annual accounts and budgets for 2020 and 2021 were included in the meeting. 

Cross-border data flows: a necessary part of global trade

17 Jun 2021
All Committees
Digital Economy
Trade & External Affairs

The European Commission’s Data Governance Act (DGA) represents an important opportunity to develop a better culture of data sharing in Europe, ultimately contributing to boosting Europe’s data economy as well as driving the type of data collaborations that are necessary to support eh EU’s artificial intelligence and digital transformation objectives. Data is a crucial resource for economic growth, competitiveness, innovation, job creation and societal progress – particularly with the backdrop of the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, it is invaluable for Europe to harness this potential, digitise its industries and compete globally. It is therefore more important than ever to ensure that the power of data can be harnessed and that data can be shared and re-used. Read AmCham EU's position on the DGA here.

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Trust key to restoring optimism for global trade

15 Jun 2021
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs

On Tuesday, 15 June, AmCham EU CEO Susan Danger took the stage at the GLOBSEC 2021 Bratislava Forum to discuss the global trade agenda, and whether optimism for multilateralism has now been restored after President Biden proclaimed the US to be ‘back’. 

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EU-US summit: Both sides seized the opportunity to reset the relationship

15 Jun 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic

Following the first EU-US summit since 2014, both sides seized the opportunity of the renewed momentum to announce concrete cooperation in a number of areas, including aircraft subsidies, technology, climate, taxation and vaccines. The outcome of the summit underscores the determination of the EU and the US to shape the global economy’s future direction around the values of democracy, rule of law, open trade and fair competition.

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AmCham EU hosts Commissioner Breton and Secretary Raimondo

14 Jun 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic

Small and medium-sized enterprises play a crucial role in Europe’s economy, representing roughly 99% of all enterprises across the region. To showcase the role of SMEs in the EU, AmCham EU hosted a roundtable in the build-up to the highly anticipated EU-US summit with Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce on her first visit overseas alongside Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market. The conversation featured a range of European SMEs as well as a few senior executives from larger American and European companies.

Ready, set, go: here comes President Biden

14 Jun 2021

With President Biden heading to Europe for the highly anticipated EU-US summit, now is the time for both sides of the Atlantic to seize the renewed optimism and positive momentum to advance and deepen the transatlantic relationship. As the voice for American businesses in Europe, AmCham EU has a packed agenda around the summit - follow us on Twitter to stay up to speed on our latest updates, including a thread on how the EU and US can lead the charge on digital.

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Gearing up for the EU-US summit: Transatlantic business perspectives

14 Jun 2021
All Committees
Transatlantic

In celebration of President Biden’s visit to Brussels, AmCham EU partnered with BusinessEurope and the United States Chamber of Commerce to welcome Susan Danger, CEO, AmChamEU; Marjorie Chorlins, Senior Vice-President for European Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce; and Luisa Santos, Deputy Director-General, BusinessEurope for a discussion on the role transatlantic business plays in helping Europe and the United States build back better.

EU-US summit: senior business executives call for transatlantic leadership to outline a new vision for the EU-US relationship

11 Jun 2021
All Committees

As American and European leaders gear up to meet for their first summit in seven years, business executives of American companies invested in Europe have penned a joint statement calling on transatlantic leaders to outline a new vision for the EU-US relationship. Now is the time for the US and the EU to work together to tackle the world’s challenges, while creating jobs and boosting economic growth. Read the statement here.

EU-US Summit: A critical milestone for the global agenda

11 Jun 2021
All Committees

The transatlantic partnership is the backbone of the global economy. The economic relationship between the EU and the US creates 16 million jobs, generates half of total global consumption and accounts for one third of global GDP. However, a shifting geopolitical landscape, a once-in-a-generation global pandemic, an economic recession and a climate emergency are challenges that require transatlantic leadership.

The business community calls on EU and U.S. leaders to use the 15 June summit to map out a positive, proactive agenda for further transatlantic cooperation. We call for a three-pronged agenda, focused on reducing barriers to trade; ensuring economic recovery; and converging on a greener, digital future. Read the joint statement here.

NEW - Joint Town Hall with Clément Beaune, French Minister of State for European Affairs

9 Jun 2021
All Committees
Presidency

As part of our monthly Town Hall series, AmCham EU joined forces with AmCham France on Tuesday, 8 June to welcome Clément Beaune, French Minister of State for European Affairs for a timely run-down of France’s priorities as the country prepares to take the helm of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

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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.

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.  

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.

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