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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  • 27 May 2015 Investor protection and investor to state dispute settlement – the Employers' Group files a counter-opinion

    On 27 May 2015 the European Economic and Social Committee adopted the opinion REX/411 "Investor protection and investor to state dispute settlement in EU trade and investment agreements with third countries". Because the Group disagreed with the thrust and tone of the opinion, a counter-opinion was presented.

  • 27 May 2015 The Role of the Private Sector in Development

    The central role of the private sector in boosting development was acknowledged during a discussion at the Employers' Group meeting on 27 May. Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Sustainable Growth and Development at the European Commission's Directorate General (DG) for International Cooperation and Development, and Roland Waeyaert, General Manager of the NGO Ex-Change, were invited to share their views on how the private sector could be a more important actor in development and on the potential gains for the private sector from investing in developing countries.

  • 22 May 2015 The Employers' Group participation in the 3rd Eastern Partnership Business Forum

    "In the current complicated political reality, closer economic cooperation is the best way forward for Eastern Partnership countries. EaP countries must continue reforms, further develop infrastructure and promote entrepreneurship. The examples of Georgia and Moldova clearly show that cooperation gives results" Jacek Krawczyk, President of the Employers' Group, stated during the inaugural session of the 3rd Eastern Partnership Business Forum, which took place in Riga on 21 May 2015. The EESC Employers' Group, together with the European Investment Bank, was a strategic partner of the event which was organised by the Employers' Confederation of Latvia (LDDK), BUSINESSEUROPE and the Eastern Partnership.

  • 8 May 2015 To boost international trade, increase the involvement of civil society

    The interest of civil society in trade negotiations was increasing and greater involvement of its representatives in the negotiating process was urgently neededin order to provide wide support for a  renewed EU trade policy, stated Jacek Krawczyk, President of the EESC Employers' Group during the debate on "Trade - Europe in the global economy". The discussion took place on 7 May 2015, during the European Business Summit in Brussels.

  • 6 May 2015 The digitalisation of industry: what has it meant in practice for manufacturing?

    The digitalisation of industry and its practical effects on companies are top priorities for the Employers' Group of the EESC. Together with the Category 1 delegates of the CCMI, the Employers' Group organised a thematic debate on this very current topic. Three guests representing business associations and important European companies were invited to share the relevant business sectors' views on digitalisation. The debate highlighted the opportunities offered by digitalisation as an agent of economic growth and job creation and emphasised that the views of industry need to be taken into account by policymakers in order to ensure that the EU remains competitive at global level.

  • 23 Apr 2015 The Greek economy at the crossroads: the challenges of entrepreneurship – debate during the Employers' Group meeting

    The situation of the Greek business sector during the ongoing economic crisis was discussed at the Employers' Group meeting on 22 April, with a contribution from a delegation representing Greek business organisations. This discussion took place at a critical time, as the Greek government was negotiating with the Troika on ways to reform the Greek economy.  Mr Vassilios Korkidis, President of the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce (NCHC) and Mr Michalis Mitsopoulos, Vice-President of the ECOFIN Committee of BUSINESSEUROPE and economist at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises, delivered presentations on the topic.

  • 14 Apr 2015 Elections within the Employers' Group

    On 14th April 2015 the Members of the Employers' Group proceeded with the first wave of elections for posts available to Group Members for the first half of the 2015-20 mandate. 90 Members participated in the elections. The Group re-elected for its President Mr Jacek Krawczyk.

  • 27 Mar 2015
    New Member of the Employers' Group

    The Employers' Group would like to welcome a new member to its ranks, Mr Rudi baron Thomaes. Mr Thomaes is currently Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (ICC Belgium), Chairman of Beheersmaatschappij Antwerpen Mobiel (BAM), Chairman of the Board of REstore, a member of the Board of Directors at Umicore and Armonea, and a member of Europalia.

  • 10 Mar 2015 The impact of TTIP in Malta - benefits and challenges

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) creates numerous opportunities for business and consumers in both the EU and the USA. These two economies account for more than half of the world's GDP. Therefore, closer transatlantic cooperation will have implications not only for both sides but also for other global players and the trade system as a whole. Small and medium-sized enterprises are among those that will benefit the most from an ambitious trade agreement. These were some of the conclusions drawn during the conference on "The impact of TTIP in Malta", that took place on 9 March 2015 in Valletta. The conference was organised by the EESC Employers' Group and the Malta Chamber of Commerce.

  • 4 Mar 2015 Portuguese business eager to forge closer cooperation with the Employers' Group

    Energy policy, transport policy (in particular investment in infrastructure) as well as TTIP and business aspects of healthcare systems – these were the topics of discussion between the president of the Employers' Group, Jacek Krawczyk, and the delegation from the Confederation of Portuguese Business (CIP).