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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  • 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.


  • 7 Dec 2016
    Less is more - Employers' Group against over-implementation

    Officious transposition of the EU law at the national level undermines Single Market, increases costs and hinders development. Numerous governments of Member States use transposition process as an opportunity to address domestic political issues which results with "goldplating". This unfavorable tendency has negative impact on business and should be avoided by all possible means. Good regulation, consistent and stable legal framework, both at the national and the European level is what business counts on - these are some of the conclusions of the conference "Transposition of the European law – the key challenge to business activity", that took place on 6 December 2016 in Zagreb, Croatia.

  • 27 Oct 2016 The employers welcome the agreement on CETA

    Statement of the President of the Employers' Group, Jacek P. Krawczyk concerning final agreement to sign CETA

    The Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee decisively welcomes the agreement that will enable signature of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA). The employers have been strongly and systematically supporting not only CETA but also other comprehensive trade agreements (including TTIP).

    As stated by the EESC in its opinion of 2010 on EU-Canada relations and welcoming the opening of the negotiations on CETA "The EESC believes that neither the EU nor Canada can afford to miss this opportunity to forge closer relations, as it will be of benefit to their societies." Today's agreement finally brings us to the point where these words have become a reality!

  • 28 Oct 2016
    Strengthening European Growth and Competitiveness: Proactive Trade Agenda – NOW!

    The role of trade as a generator of growth and jobs is undeniable, but public perception of the further liberalisation of trade is getting worse and citizens' concerns must be addressed far more effectively than before. This was one of the conclusions of the conference on "Strengthening European Growth and Competitiveness: Proactive Trade Agenda – NOW!" that took place in Helsinki on 26 October.

  • 5 Oct 2016 4th industrial revolution – let's grasp opportunities and courageously face challenges!

    Employers' organisations and trade unions alike will have to adapt to the tremendous changes that the 4th industrial revolution is bringing to labour markets. Employers stress the importance of making labour markets more flexible in order to fully grasp the opportunities provided by Industry 4.0, while trade unions emphasise that changes cannot undermine the protection of workers. The 4th industrial revolution is generating uncertainty and anxiety among workers and employers and so the more we work on identifying potential opportunities and risks, the better. Responsible, frank and open social dialogue at national level has a crucial role to play in this process. These are some of the conclusions emerging from the discussion on "Will the 4th industrial revolution radically change the roles and importance of both employers’ organisations and trade unions?"

  • 15 Sep 2016
    Circular economy: beneficial to all

    Transition to a circular economy is a must if we are to protect our planet, but also if we are to increase the competitiveness of European industry. This is a long-term process that will require numerous initiatives at European, national and regional level. Companies see the circular economy as an opportunity. "Going green" is beneficial not only for the environment, but also for businesses, providing real savings in terms of raw materials, water and energy. Apart from its environmental and economic benefits, the circular economy also has social advantages, providing new jobs and new business models. These are some of the conclusions emerging from the conference entitled "Sustainable industry in the Context of Circular Economy", which took place on 13 September in Kosice, Slovakia.

  • 15 Jul 2016 Employers and regions coming together

    Participants in the discussion with the president of the CoR, Markku Markkula, agreed that the agendas of the European Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee were often aligned and that both advisory bodies should step up their cooperation in order to benefit from these synergies.

  • 21 Jun 2016
    Brexit: A disaster for science and a setback for the mobility of young skilled people within Europe

    The European Union is home to world-class scientific research. Researchers from all over the world come to Europe to benefit from its border-free network of cooperation. They are attracted by the excellent research infrastructure containing world-class instruments funded jointly by Member States and the EU. All this is made possible as a result of cooperation within the European Research Programmes (Framework Programmes, Horizon 2020). The UK plays a major role within this European Research Area, keeping British research at the cutting edge. We want this success story to continue and we worry that Brexit would lead to a harsh disruption of this success story.

  • 17 Jun 2016 Business, industry and academia: closer ties are beneficial for all

    The ongoing digital transformation will have a tremendous impact on industry, business and citizens alike. Therefore, the European Union should actively prepare for a new post-industrial era so that it can seize the opportunities it brings. The closer the cooperation between business, academia and governments, the bigger the benefits will be – concluded the speakers at the seminar "Driving Innovation and Industry in Europe", which took place on 16 June in Cambridge, UK. The participants of the round table discussion attempted to identify the main issues and obstacles that industry and academia face when trying to cooperate more closely.

  • 14 Jun 2016
    Green growth model - an opportunity for business

    The planet's resources will soon not be enough to support the growing world population, nor will it be possible to maintain a linear economic growth model which assumes that resources are abundant, available, easy to source and cheap to dispose of — hence the expression "take-make-consume and dispose". European Union flagship initiatives aim to shape the transition to a more circular economy. In addition to bringing economic benefits, this should prioritise efficient use of resources (metals, minerals, fuels, water, land, timber, fertile soil, clean air and biodiversity), allowing products to retain their added value for as long as possible and as little waste as possible to be generated and taken to landfills.