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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  • 16 Oct 2014
    EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement: an ambitious deal to boost both growth and jobs

    Together, the EU and Japan account for more than one third of world trade. The Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and Japan creates an opportunity for growth and jobs for both sides. Expectations on both sides of this mega trade deal are high. EU exports to Japan are expected to increase by 30%, the EU's GDP by 0.8%, and up to 400 000 new jobs should be created. Japanese GDP should increase by 0.7%, and its exports to Europe by 24%. The agreement would also underline the major trade and investment role played by the EU in East Asia.  On 15 October 2015, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted an opinion entitled The role of civil society in the EU-Japan FTA.

  • 15 Oct 2014
    Remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones): an opportunity for the economy, a need for regulation

    Europe is well placed to benefit from the development of the remotely piloted aircraft systems industry, which promotes employment and strengthens new technologies. However, the European Union must ensure that regulation concerning drones is consistent and up-to-date when it comes to safety, privacy, data protection, liability and insurance. On 15 October 2014 the European Economic and Social Committee adopted an opinion entitled "A new era for aviation - Opening the aviation market to the civil use of remotely piloted aircraft systems in a safe and sustainable manner".

  • 15 Oct 2014 The fourth industrial revolution: business services at the heart of a new production model

    Summary of the CCMI/121 opinion on The impact of services on industry (rapporteur: Joost van Iersel)

  • 8 Oct 2014 New member of the Employers' Group

    We are pleased to welcome a new member of the Employers' Group representing United Kingdom, Mr David Yeandle.

  • 6 Oct 2014 In Memoriam of Dr Göke Frerichs

    Today we have assembled to pay our last tribute of respect to Dr Göke Frerichs, former Committee president and a member of Group I, who passed away on 26 September 2014.

  • 3 Oct 2014 The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: an opportunity for all, not just for business

    European employers call for an ambitious agreement that boosts growth and upholds the highest regulatory standards.

  • 1 Oct 2014 Airport Capacity in the EU

    Europe has far too little airport capacity where it's needed and far too much capacity in places where there is not enough demand. If this challenge is not addressed, Europe could lose 2 million flights by 2035 because of lack of capacity on the ground. The issue needs to be addressed at European level, and cooperation between European, national and regional authorities should be enhanced in order to provide a consistent and substantive plan for European airports:  these are the main conclusions emerging from the public hearing on Airport Capacity in the EU that took place at the EESC on 30 September 2014. Representatives of various stakeholders from the aviation industry discussed how to address the challenges that European airports will face in the next few decades.

  • 11 Sep 2014 New European Parliament, new European Commission - a business perspective

    The start of a new European Parliament and European Commission bodes well for European employers. Although there are reasons for optimism, entrepreneurs would urge the key European stakeholders to take business needs into account when forming European policies. On 10 September, the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee hosted a debate on the implications of the European elections for business. CEEP general secretary Valeria Ronzitti, UEAPME secretary-general Peter Faross, Eurochambres secretary-general Arnaldo Abruzzini, and Copa-Cogeca secretary-general Pekka Pesonen exchanged their views with the group's members.

  • 11 Sep 2014 The Employers' Group position on Single Member Private Limited Liability Companies

    On 10 September 2014 the European Economic and Social Committee voted on an opinion INT/744 on Single Member Private Limited Liability Companies (Societas Unius Personae - SUP). The Employers Group filed a counter opinion prepared by Mr Bernd Dittman. The debate on the document was refused due to the formal reasons raised by the Workers' Group and Various Interests' Group of the EESC.

  • 10 Sep 2014 Immigration must be addressed at European level

    The challenge of irregular immigration is extremely difficult to address as it is more than just a matter of statistics. Behind every single attempt to cross the Mediterranean Sea lies a tale of real people, their dramas and their hopes for a better life on the European continent.

  • 8 Sep 2014 "EU Trade Policy – the Cyprus Perspective and Future Challenges"

    The EU has succeeded in expanding trade between its members but also plays an active part within the WTO in the pursuit of expanding global trade. We are also aware that the more recent approach to free trade is not just to focus on tariff reduction; instead, trade agreements now reach much further to address issues such as competition, investment policies, consumer protection and much more.

  • 17 Jul 2014
    TTIP Stakeholder presentation event and debate at the EESC

    On the 16 July 2014, Mr Krawczyk, President of the Employers' Group and Rapporteur of the EESC opinion on TTIP and Mr Boyle, Co-rapporteur of the opinion, participated as speakers to the TTIP Stakeholder presentation event organized by DG Trade. Among the participants were EU and US chief negotiators as well as other various stakeholders.