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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  • 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).

  • 3 Mar 2015 TTIP – benefits and challenges for Lithuanian employers

    The Transatlantic Agreement will considerably enhance the ability to expand export markets, attract investment, invest and create new jobs. During the conference on the TTIP organised by the Lithuanian Parliament, representatives of Lithuanian employers agreed that Lithuanian exporters are expected to save about EUR 4 million on duty alone, and that the convergence of standards or technical regulations, in turn, would reduce costs related to the opening up of markets. This discussion took place on 27 February at the Parliament of the Lithuanian Republic in Vilnius.

  • 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.