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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  • 19 Feb 2015 President Krawczyk meets Commissioner Bieńkowska

    The EESC Employers' Group strongly supports the European Commission's efforts for revision of Small Business Act. SMEs are the backbone of the EU economy, therefore the employers welcome any legislative action that enhance business environment for the European companies – declared Jacek Krawczyk, President of the Employers' Group during the meeting with Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

  • 19 Feb 2015 Social dialogue in Ukraine: a chance, a hope, a necessity

    On 18 February, a delegation of representatives from Ukrainian employers' organisations took part in the meeting of the Employers' Group. The discussion they held with the members of the group was an opportunity to exchange views on the role of civil society as well as to establish direct bilateral contacts with employers' organisations from the EU Member States.

  • 13 Feb 2015 Employers' Group delegation participating in a conference on entrepreneurship in Latvia

    The role of regions in boosting entrepreneurship, how to promote regional social dialogue for business development and competitiveness and how to achieve the EU2020 employment target, were some of the questions raised during the conference "Entrepreneurship in the regions to strengthen the European Union's Competitiveness" organised on 11-12 February 2015 by Latvian Presidency and Employers' Confederation of Latvia in Cesis, Latvia. The Employers' Group delegation was pleased to participate in the conference.

  • 30 Jan 2015 Family business – the Employers' Group draws Commission's attention to importance of tailored legislation for this particular group of companies.

    Family businesses have their own specificity and their needs should be taken into consideration in the review of the Small Business Act – stated Jan Klimek, Member of the Employers' Group and EESC Rapporteur for the opinion on family business. On 30 January 2015 Mr Klimek met on behalf of the Group with Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs to draw the Commission's attention to the importance of this particular type of companies. The work on the opinion on family business was launched by the EESC on request of the Employers' Group.

  • 22 Jan 2015 Electromagnetic hypersensitivity – the Employers' Group supports counter opinion

    On 21 January 2015 the European Economic and Social Committee adopted the counter opinion on electromagnetic hypersensitivity, drafted by Richard Adams, Member of the Various Interests Group and co-signed by 12 Members of the Employers' Group. The result of the vote was as following: 138 for, 110 votes against and 19 abstaining. The adoption of counter opinion is a rare occurrence in the EESC and proves that the topic discussed raised serious controversies among the Members.

  • 21 Jan 2015 The 4th Industrial Revolution and Digital Society 4.0 – challenges and opportunities

    On 21 January 2015 the Members of the Employers' Group had a unique opportunity to discuss on new EU Industrial Policy with Norman Rose, Chairman of the European Business Services Round Table and Friedrich Vollmar from IBM. Please find below the presentations prepared by both guests.

  • 14 Jan 2015 New member of the Employers' Group

    We would like to welcome a new member of the Employers' Group, Gerhard Handke. Mr Handke is a Director-General of the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA). He has worked for the organisation since 1996, serving as Managing Director of the department for tariff and social policy and Deputy Director-General.

  • 17 Dec 2014
    Business Round Table - Common declaration on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

    On 16 December 2014 the Employers' Group of the European Economic and Social Committee organised the Round Table on TTIP. The representatives of the biggest European employers' organisations: Mr Markus Beyrer (BUSINESSEUROPE), Mr Arnaldo Abruzzini (EUROCHAMBRES), Mr Ralph Kamphoenen (EuroCommerce), Ms Valeria Ronzitti (CEEP), Mr Pekka Pesonen (Copa-Cogeca) and Mr Peter Faross (UEAPME) had an opportunity for open and deep discussion with the EU Chief Negotiatior on TTIP, Mr Ignacio Garcia Bercero. Please find below a joint statement on TTIP negotiations issued by the majority of the organisations participating in the meeting.

  • 11 Dec 2014 Representatives of Ukrainian business at the Employers' Group meeting

    On 10 December, a delegation of Ukrainian employers took part in the EESC Employers' Group meeting. Representatives of business organisations from Ukraine had an opportunity to have an exchange of views with Members of the Group and talk about their expectations and needs in terms of closer cooperation with EU countries.

  • 10 Dec 2014
    Airport capacity in the EU: lack of capacity or misplaced capacity?

    Estimates suggest that – unless the EU acts soon – most of the EU's largest airports will become completely blocked by 2030. Accordingly, at the request of the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee has prepared an opinion on Airport Capacity in the EU to identify possible solutions to the problem of capacity crunch in the near future. The opinion was adopted at the EESC's Plenary Session on 10 December 2014.