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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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  • 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.
  • 30 Oct 2013 Trade: New opportunities, new partnerships – or new challenges? Trade is nowadays one of the most important elements for boosting growth. Removing trade barriers such as tariffs, licences or administrative fees guarantees lower prices and increasing volumes of trade. As competition on the global market is growing, it is more and more important for European companies to explore new markets and seek new trade opportunities. The conference in Vilnius was organised by the Employers' Group of the EESC together with the Association of Lithuanian Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists and the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
  • 24 Oct 2013 European Steel Action Plan – no time to lose! The European Steel Industry is still grappling with the effects of the economic crisis. Production is around 30% below pre-crisis levels, job losses are estimated at 65 000 (over 15% of the total EU steel industry workforce). Both policy-makers and the industry are therefore looking forward to the improvements anticipated from the European Steel Action Plan introduced by the European Commission. Participants in a public hearing organised by the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change at the EESC identified strong and weak points in the European Commission's proposal.
  • 23 Oct 2013 Danube Strategy: an opportunity of the economic cooperation that cannot be wasted The Danube River is an important infrastructure liaison in Europe, it physically connects 10 countries but its potential is not yet fully realised. The participants of the discussion on the Danube Strategy that took place on 22 October during the extraordinary meeting of the Employers' Group Bureau in Vienna were discussing what the obstacles are to closer cooperation in the region.
  • 23 Oct 2013 How to fight youth unemployment – Austria's best practices Austria has the 2nd lowest level of youth unemployment in the European Union – a level that especially southern countries are dreaming about. But this success is not a coincidence; it's an effect of a long term strategy imposed by the government. The participants of the extraordinary meeting of the Employers' Group Bureau in Vienna were trying to identify the solutions that could be spread around other EU countries to help reduce youth unemployment.
  • 21 Oct 2013 Better social dialogue, education reforms, mobility and efficient spending: the Employers' Group's proposals for the social dimension of EMU. On 21 October the European Economic and Social Committee delegation met with the President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy. The President of the Employers' Group, Jacek Krawczyk, expressed his support for the position on the social dimension of the EMU presented by Mr van Rompuy in his speech on the 10 October 2013. He welcomed the priority given to certain actions proposed.
  • 16 Oct 2013 Lessons from the crisis – an employers’ perspective Around 75 people participated in the discussion organised by the Employers’ Group in Malta. The panellists focused on the impact of the crisis on European enterprises and the strategies that some countries have taken to address it.
  • 7 Oct 2013 Re-industrialisation in Europe: tough but possible Summary of the discussion panel organised by the Employers’ Group
  • 18 Sep 2013 New members of the Employers' Group As from September we are welcoming new colleagues among GR I members: Timo Vuori Secretary General of ICC Finland and Jonas Berggren from the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.
  • 17 Sep 2013 Employers' Group attends 3rd European Congress of SMEs A delegation of 10 members from the Employers' Group is currently attending the 3rd European Congress of SMEs in Katowice, Poland. They are taking part in panels on various themes including economic order for SMEs, the impact of the crisis on SMEs, the role of public-private partnerships, and the financing of development and investments in SMEs.
  • 16 Sep 2013 Airline passengers cannot be held hostage when discussing the Single European Sky Employers' Group President Jacek Krawczyk participating in Informal Meeting of Ministers for Transport in Vilnius.