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AmCham EU meets with US Ambassador to Germany

10 Oct 2022
All Committees

Last week, our leadership met with Amy Gutmann, US Ambassador to Germany, to discuss Germany's key role in the transatlantic relationship and how continued collaboration can lead to better business. Thank you to the US Mission to the EU for hosting for such productive conversations.  

EU-US Data Privacy Framework: new US executive order is a positive step

7 Oct 2022
All Committees
Digital Economy
Transatlantic

On Friday, 7 October, President Biden signed an Executive Order to implement the EU-US Data Privacy Framework, which sets the legal basis on the US side for the successor agreement to the EU-US Privacy Shield. Today is an important step in restoring confidence in the ability to transfer data across the Atlantic. The invalidation of the Privacy Shield caused uncertainty for thousands of businesses on both sides of the Atlantic engaging in data transfers.

Transatlantic economy working lunch

4 Oct 2022
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic

On Tuesday, 4 October AmCham EU hosted a lunch with Dan Hamilton, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Foreign Policy Institute and author of the Transatlantic Economy Study, AmCham EU's annual publication on the facts and figures of the world's largest economic relationship. During the session, he shared his perspectives on the war in Ukraine, the Trade and Technology Council and key policy issues to the EU-US trading relationship including energy, data flows and nonmarket economies. While we face serious challenges, the EU and US are inextricably linked, and stronger together.

AmCham EU at the WTO Public Forum 2022

4 Oct 2022
All Committees
Environment
Trade & External Affairs
Transport, Energy & Climate
Transatlantic

Two weeks ago, an AmCham EU delegation was represented at the 2022 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum in Geneva. The Public Forum brings together delegates from across the globe to discuss the most pressing challenges and opportunities for the global trading system. On the heels of the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) which took place in June, the Public Forum provided a platform for over 3000 participants to deliberate on how trade can help build a more sustainable and inclusive economic recovery.

Transatlantic leadership at the Brussels Public Affairs Forum

3 Oct 2022
All Committees

On Thursday, 29 September, Susan Danger, CEO, AmCham EU spoke as a panellist at the Brussels Public Affairs Forum. Victoria Maine, CEO, SEC Newgate moderated the discussion, which featured Douglas Pinkham, President, Public Affairs Council and Claudia Selli, Vice President, EU Government Affairs, AT&T as panellists. The panel explored the challenges that transatlantic leaders face, ranging from long-term issues such as climate change and social inequalities, to shorter-term challenges such Russia’s war in Ukraine and the global pandemic. Panellists also discussed the role of leaders in navigating turbulent times and the value of the transatlantic relationship. 

Celebrating a decade of female empowerment: Dare to dream, girls!

3 Oct 2022
All Committees
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the International Day of Girls, join our lunch event 'Dare to dream, girls!' on Tuesday, 11 October at 12.00. We’ll hear how the private sector is contributing to improving girls' rights, and discuss how we can increase awareness of the issues girls face around the world. The event will feature Marta Encinas, Counsellor and Education Gender Ambassador, OECD and Dagmar Schumacher, Director, Brussels Office, UN Women. Register to learn more

Discussing trade with the European Liberal Forum

3 Oct 2022
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs
Transatlantic

On Thursday, 29 September, Thibaut L’Ortye, Director of Public Affairs, AmCham EU spoke at a Working Group roundtable hosted by the European Liberal Forum. Alongside Ricardo Pelaez, Commercial Affairs Counsellor for Europe, US Department of Commerce, the discussion focused on the effectiveness of the Trade and Technology Council as well as the future shape of the transatlantic trading relationship.

AmCham EU signs coalition letter on customs reform in the EU

28 Sep 2022
All Committees
Customs & Trade Facilitation

Further reform of the Unions Customs Code is needed now more than ever to stay current in a rapidly changing international trade environment. A realistic consultation timeline should be set, where industry expertise can prove most useful to regulators. To that end, the AmCham EU co-signed a letter alongside European trade associations in order to signal our support and provide suggestions. Above all, future proposals should result from an open and constructive dialogue among all stakeholders – including the Trade Contact Group – to set realistic timelines and customs procedures.  

Chatham House trade conference

28 Sep 2022
All Committees

On Thursday, 3 November, AmCham EU is partnering with Chatham House for its annual Global Trade Conference: Overcoming risks and new realities. Register now for in person or online attendance to connect and network with senior business leaders, policymakers and trade experts and enjoy unique insights on how new realities impact risk management and resilience in global trade.

#EUSEW2022: innovating for a greener future

27 Sep 2022
All Committees
Transport, Energy & Climate

What is the role of technology in Europe's green transition? That's the question circulating this week as European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) kicks off. With a theme of ‘Going green and digital for Europe's energy transition’, now is the perfect opportunity to showcase the steps American companies operating in Europe are taking to lead the way in sustainable energy innovation. Check out these six examples of ways our members are helping drive the green transition and dive into more with the Green Way campaign

Leadership update

27 Sep 2022
All Committees
Agriculture & Food
Financial Services
Sustainable Finance
Board
Operations Group

Before summer is too distant a memory, AmCham EU is pleased to announce appointments to leadership positions from summer 2022. Congratulations to Kaarli Eichhorn (Jones Day), Julie Vermooten (MSD Europe), David Henry Doyle (S&P Global), Malachy Tuohy (Goodyear Europe BV) and Brian Fox (J.P. Morgan Chase & Co). We would also like to take this opportunity to thank members who stepped down recently from leadership positions for their continued engagement and commitment: Joris Pollet (Procter & Gamble), Brian Fox (J.P. Morgan Chase & Co, who continues in leadership as Chair of the Financial Services Committee) and Catherine Davidson (Morgan Stanley Int).  

Rentrée Plenary: talking trade

27 Sep 2022
All Committees
Trade & External Affairs

On Tuesday, 20 September, AmCham EU hosted a plenary on trade featuring a keynote from Rupert Schlegelmilch, Director for the Americas, Agriculture and Food Safety, Directorate-General for Trade, European Commission. The keynote focused on the opportunities and challenges for the transatlantic trade relationship, how to mitigate risks to Europe’s energy supply security and possibilities for stakeholder engagement at the next Trade and Technology Council.  

Collecting caps for canines

9 Sep 2022
All Committees

For the last five years, AmCham EU has partnered with the Belgian non-profit Dopjesactie to raise funds to train guide dogs for persons who are blind or have low vision. Guide dogs help navigate busy streets, find seats on crowded buses and trains and help their owners live full, independent lives. This kind of responsibility requires extensive training, which Dopjesactie funds in part through the collection of plastic bottlecaps. The more caps we collect, the more cash we help raise, and the more people we can support.  

 

Moving forward on the path to the Digital Decade

1 Sep 2022
Digital Economy

On 1 September 2022, the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), endorsed the 2030 policy programme ‘Path to the Digital Decade’. AmCham EU applauds the ITRE Committee and EU policymakers for their efforts to set ambitious EU-wide digital targets in the areas of skills, secure and sustainable digital infrastructure, digital transformation of businesses and digitalisation of public services. Achieving these digital targets by 2030 requires an inclusive approach, including keeping these projects open to third-country entities with considerable European footprint. Read more in AmCham EU’s statement.

Introducing students to the world of public affairs

30 Aug 2022
All Committees

Over the past year, AmCham EU has had the pleasure of introducing future policy and business leaders to the dynamic work of a trade association. Students from various American and European universities including the College of Europe, Utrecht University, 24ore Business School, University of Ghent, University of California, Lehigh University, and the Wharton-Lauder Institute Global Program had the opportunity to learn about the work of AmCham EU from our expert staff. The briefings are part of our ongoing work to support the next generation of global leaders, an effort we are especially proud of during the European Year of Youth. 

Unleashing the full potential of health data

19 Jul 2022
Healthcare

Digitalising the healthcare sector is key to advancing innovation and ensuring the health and safety of citizens. The European Commission has presented a proposal for a European Health Data Space (EHDS) comprised of rules, common standards and practices meant to unleash health data’s full potential. For the EHDS to be successful, it must ensure legal certainty and flexibility, and establish open, transparent and structured engagement with all stakeholders.

Marking one year of Fit for 55

13 Jul 2022
Environment
Transport, Energy & Climate

Thursday, 14 July marks the one-year anniversary of the European Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ initiative. This climate package is part of the European Green Deal, and it aims to align European climate, transport and energy-related regulations with the 2030 55% greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. AmCham EU members are fully committed to making the objectives laid out in Fit for 55 work.

AmCham EU in Strasbourg: building connections with MEPs

11 Jul 2022
All Committees

Last week, an AmCham EU delegation of 60 members travelled to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. On Monday, 4 July and Tuesday, 5 July, participants had the chance to meet with more than 100 MEPs from the largest political groups in the Parliament. An AmCham EU tradition of over twenty years, the Strasbourg delegation brings together the US business community and European policymakers to discuss how to build a stronger European Union and a more competitive single market.  

Recommendations to the Czech Presidency

30 Jun 2022
All Committees
Presidency

On 1 July 2022, the Czech Republic took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Europe faces a wide range of challenges, starting with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The uncertainty is further amplified by the pandemic, rising inflation, congested supply chains and a lack of trust in institutions around the world. The Czech Presidency will also take on a critical task in overseeing Europe’s economic recovery around the twin transitions of environmental protection and digitalisation. Our recommendations to the Czech Presidency aim to ensure we reach our common goals of a more prosperous and more competitive EU.

AmCham EU hosts its 2022 Annual General Meeting

29 Jun 2022
All Committees
Plenary Meeting

On Tuesday, 28 June, AmCham EU held its Annual General Meeting (AGM), where we had the honour of welcoming Ilze Juhansone, Secretary-General, European Commission for a fireside chat and Q&A with members. In the internal session, members reviewed last year’s accomplishments and discussed future plans for the organisation in 2022 and beyond.

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