Employers' Group

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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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  • 12 May 2017
    Employers call for concrete actions to facilitate private investment

    Removing obstacles to investment and better promotion of private investment are the actions that employers find crucial for encouraging private sector investment in Europe. In a joint declaration, all major Maltese employers' organisations together with the Government of Malta and the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee listed the most urgent issues for policy makers to make investment easier.

  • 28 Apr 2017
    Proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights elicits a critical first reaction from employers' organisations

    The proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights published by the European Commission elicited a critical first reaction from the secretaries general of UEAPME, EUROCHAMBRES and CEEP. Véronique Willems, Arnaldo Abruzzini and Valeria Ronzitti participated in the Employers' Group meeting to discuss their organisations' current priorities.

  • 21 Apr 2017
    Employers' Group preparing for the Estonian presidency

    As Estonia is the most advanced digital society in the world, digitisation will be one of main priorities of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2017. The Employers' Group, in close cooperation with Estonian employers' organisations, is keen to actively contribute to the presidency agenda. That is why on 19 and 20 April, the president of the Employers' Group, Jacek Krawczyk, visited Estonia to discuss potential joint initiatives.

  • 31 Mar 2017
    European employers on the future of Europe

    The condition of the European economy, completing the Single Market, trade and Brexit – these are the top issues for European employers' organisations in the forthcoming months. On 29 March 2017, the Directors-General and Secretaries-General of BusinessEurope, EuroCommerce and Copa-Cogega presented their priorities and debated with the members of the EESC Employers' Group.

  • 23 Mar 2017
    Balkan Employers' Round Table – Current Challenges and Future Prospects

    The importance of Social Dialogue, the role of employers' organisations, the economic situation in the Balkan countries, progress in the accession process and current political challenges:  these were main topics of the discussions at the Balkan Employers' Round Table that took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 22 March 2017. The event brought together representatives of employers' organisations from former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia).

  • 20 Mar 2017
    European employers strongly against the revision of the posting of workers directive

    Representatives of German, French, Swedish and Polish employers' organisations expressed their strong concerns about the revision of the posting of workers directive during the conference entitled "Revision of posting directive – it is not only about posting and workers... Facts and myths". "The proposal is a form of hidden protectionism, undermines the four freedoms, and thereby hampers the single market," said Jacek P. Krawczyk, President of the Employers' Group, in his opening statement. The conference took place on 16 March 2017 in Brussels and was organised by the Polish Confederation "Lewiatan".

  • 27 Feb 2017
    Explaining the real benefits of CETA: an important role for business

    The vote for CETA in the European Parliament opens a new chapter of closer relations between Canada and the EU. There is still a bumpy road ahead, however, with ratification of the agreement needed in all EU Member States. CETA is a progressive agreement for inclusive growth that brings substantial  benefits for SMEs. Business has an important role to play in promoting the agreement and providing real-life examples of its benefits. These were just some of the views expressed during the debate with Canada's ambassador to the European Union, Daniel Costello, which took place at the Employers' Group meeting on 22nd January 2017.

  • 27 Jan 2017
    The voice of SMEs in Europe – UEAPME to further engage with the Employers' Group to foster closer cooperation

    More attention to the needs of SMEs and family businesses, easier access to finance, fewer bureaucratic burdens, simplification of taxation systems and proper coordination to respond to current challenges – these were some of the priorities highlighted by the newly-elected president of UEAPME, Ulrike Rabmer-Koller. In order to foster further cooperation and coordinate their common interests, the Employers' Group had the great pleasure of welcoming the UEAPME President, Ulrike Rabmer-Koller, and UEAPME Secretary-General, Véronique Willems, to the first Group meeting of 2017 in order to discuss the state of play of SMEs in Europe and the goals and priorities that they were aiming for.


  • 20 Jan 2017
    Brexit – EU-UK Trade options

    The resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers highlights the uncertainties likely to follow the UK’s invocation of Article 50 - and Mrs May’s Lancaster House speech (17 January) the possibilities for a new UK-EU trade deal. Whilst any eventual outcome will be unique, there are basically seven broad options for the negotiators to pursue.

  • 19 Dec 2016
    Statement by the President of the Employers' Group, Jacek P. Krawczyk on the opinion on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive

     The European Commission is proposing to revise the so-called Posting of Workers Directive from 1996, which affects some 2 million workers in the EU. Posted workers are employed in one Member State, but sent to work temporarily in another country by their employer. The general view of the EESC Employers' Group is that the existing EU legislation on the posting of workers - namely the original 1996 Posting Directive and the 2014 Enforcement Directive which aims to strengthen the practical implementation of the Posting Directive -  strikes a proper and fair balance between supporting the cross-border provision of services and protecting the rights of posted workers. It also ensures a level playing field between foreign and local competitors.