Employers' Group

Who are we?

The Employers' Group brings together entrepreneurs and representatives of entrepreneur associations working in industry, commerce, services and agriculture in the 28 Member States of the European Union. Our members are active in the business world and in touch with the realities of everyday life. They are genuinely committed to putting their own experiences to good use to further the European venture.

What do we do?

We promote European integration by supporting the development of our businesses, which can play a key role in developing a prosperous society and creating jobs.

In these difficult economic times, the European Economic and Social Committee is the only European institution that brings together entrepreneurs and people fully involved in the economic and social life of their home country. We make the voice of business heard at European level.

The Employers' Group (Group I) has 117 members. We work closely with Europe's five major business organisations – BUSINESSEUROPE, CEEP, EUROCHAMBRES, EuroCommerce and UEAPME. Indeed, these organisations also include many of our own members among their ranks.


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  • 9 Jul 2014 What the European election results mean for employers?

    Summary of the discussion between representatives of BUSINESSEUROPE, EuroCommerce and members of the Employers' group

  • 9 Jul 2014 The role of the private sector in development - employers' view

    The Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg on 23 June 2014 adopted conclusions on the role of the private sector in development.

    The Council’s recognition that the private sector is the key driver of employment, growth, investment, trade and innovation and that it has a central role to play in achieving poverty reduction, sustainable development and inclusive growth confirmed the positive shift in the EU development policies in the recent years.

  • 27 Jun 2014 Europe's Energy Policy - a business perspective for 2030

    Europe must reduce energy prices in order to enable industry stay competitive. The Single Energy Market within EU does not work, not because of the EU, but due to lack of political will from the Member States. Diversification and less dependance on import of fossil fuels are urgently needed, especially in the context of the latest development on the Eastern border of the EU. R&D and innovation are keys to competitive and sustainable energy market in Europe. These are the conclusions of the conference "Europe's Energy Policy - a businss perspective for 2030, that took place on 27th June in Aberdeen, Scotland. The participants of the conference were discussing what the expectations are aswell as the needs of business concerning an Energy Policy in the European Union.

  • 18 Jun 2014 Ukrainian employers are looking forward to signing an agreement with the EU.

    Alfredas Jonuška, Member of the Employers' Group of the EESC, summarising his mission to Ukraine.

  • 16 Jun 2014 The State of the Union

    Every year, the European University Institute in Florence (EUI) holds a High-level Conference to discuss the European Union (EU). This year, the conference took place from 7 to 9 May and was devoted to a discussion on "the future social and political model for Europe in the context of the forthcoming European elections".

  • 11 Jun 2014 The future of industrial policy in the EU

    A better environment for R&D and innovation, a stable, well-thought-out regulatory environment, and responsible, balanced energy policy will be the cornerstones of effective EU industrial policy in the future – this is the conclusion of an extraordinary meeting of the CCMI Employers' Group Members and Employers' Category from CCMI on 10 June 2014 in Brussels. The participants, who included representatives of the automotive, chemical and mechanical industries, discussed the issues that are critical to the future of industrial policy in the EU.

  • 4 Jun 2014 The Employers' Group celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the first partially free elections in Poland

    The Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee marked the 25th Anniversary of the first partially free elections in Poland with an extraordinary meeting of the group devoted to the history of the country's transformation and the lessons which the rest of Europe can learn from it.

  • 5 May 2014 5th EU-Africa Business Forum

    The 5th EU-Africa Business Forum, took place earlier this month at Crown Plaza, Brussels with the theme Engaging the Private Sector in Sustainable and Inclusive Growth.  The event brought together entrepreneurs, business leaders representing multi-nationals, large corporations, small and medium-scale enterprises and confederations, multilateral and regional institutions from both Africa and Europe. The EESC had a double presence through the ACP-EU Follow-up Committee with myself and Jacquelyn Mugo, Executive Director, Business Africa.

  • 14 Apr 2014 Regional cooperation in northern Europe benefits the whole EU

    Northern Europe is home to a number of EU Member States that are strong in both political and economic terms. All of these countries act individually within the European and global framework in accordance with their own standards of excellence and differ in many respects from the other countries of the region (in terms of their membership of the EU or NATO, their oil and gas resources, their use of the Euro or another currency etc.) despite the existence of close geographical and historical ties. Businesses in the northern countries do, of course, compete with one other, both on their home markets and elsewhere, yet while their economies are by no means identical (mining, shipping, forest, technology etc.) they also complement one other in many areas as well.

  • 28 Feb 2014 Opening education: a balanced priority

    After a very broad discussion with critical in-puts from all the members of the working group, the EESC adopted the SOC/493 report on “Opening Education”.

  • 10 Feb 2014 Services versus manufacturing industry — Where are we heading?

    Manufacturing and services go hand in hand. Policies should be horizontal and focus on promoting skills and innovation for high value added production and services and tearing down barriers for trade. This was the main message at a breakfast meeting in the European Parliament co-hosted by ALMEGA, the employer and trade organisation for the Swedish service sector and Swedish MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt.

  • 21 Jan 2014 Ukraine, don't give up! An article by the President of the Employers' Group, Mr Jacek Krawczyk
  • 6 Jan 2014 The Employers’ Group Political Priorities 2014-2015 The presentation of the political priorities by the President of the Employers' Group, Mr Jacek Krawczyk
  • 11 Dec 2013 Situation in Ukraine: Statement of the Employers Group of the EESC At its meeting on 10th December the Employers Group of the EESC discussed at the situation in the Ukraine after the decision of the Ukrainian government not to sign the association agreement with the EU at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. The members of the Group representing more than 100 employers and business organisations of all EU Member States, strongly condemned the violence used by the authorities to suppress the peaceful demonstrations of people who want to express their disagreement with the Ukrainian leadership decision to turn away from a pro-European strategic choice.
  • 9 Dec 2013 The start of a better future for debit and credit card users The Commission Communication on Payment Services offers great hopes for lowering the charges imposed by credit and debit card operators and borne, initially, by retailers and service providers, but eventually by all consumers, as these additional costs are reflected in the prices paid by consumers. Indeed, whether you pay by card or in cash, the likelihood is that you are paying extra on every transaction in order to cover these extra charges. Whether you have a low-cost card or a standard card, you pay the same surcharges on your purchases.
  • 5 Dec 2013 How to strengthen the social dimension of the EU: a perspective for Competitiveness and Growth We cannot talk about the social dimension without improving competitiveness and boosting growth. A healthy economy will help to solve the problem of high unemployment much faster than new funds and administrative measures. At the same time, we must remember solidarity, but not without conditions. Solidarity must be accompanied by responsibility. Member States should seek out best practice among themselves, but there is no "one size fits all" solution. Economic, social and political stability go hand in hand. These are a few of the conclusions that were drawn during the Employers' Group extraordinary meeting in Berlin. Together with major stakeholders from government and unions we were trying to examine how we can achieve sustainable economic growth and global competitiveness in order for the EU to return to higher employment and solid social standards that are affordable in the long term.
  • 15 Nov 2013 Boosting industrial policy, growth and competitiveness in Europe What measures can be implemented to overcome the industrial and competitiveness divide in Europe? How did decision makers respond to the increasing calls for action on industrial policy from the private sector? Innovation: a topical concept wrongly regulated and badly financed in the EU? These were some of the more or less provocative question addressed during the extraordinary meeting of the Employers' Group which was set to launch an intense debate on the links between industrial policy, growth and global competitiveness and analyse them from a business perspective.
  • 8 Nov 2013 "Aviation – does it need state aid?" Summary of the Public Hearing organised by the CCMI As the European Commission is finalising preparations for the revision of rules on state aid for aviation, participants at the public hearing on "Aviation – does it need state aid?" were discussing what the new regulations should look like in order to meet both requirements for fair competition and the industry's needs.