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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  • 24 May 2016
    Strengthening links with Canadian civil society

    Closer cooperation between the EESC and the Mission of Canada to the EU and current developments on implementing the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) – these were the topics of the meeting between Daniel J. Costello, Ambassador of Canada to the European Union and Jacek Krawczyk, President of the EESC Employers' Group and President of the Transatlantic Relations Follow-up Committee, held on 24 of May at the EESC premises.

  • 22 Apr 2016
    Delivering the EU Aviation Strategy – a summary of the EESC public hearing

    The Aviation Strategy should create a better climate for investment, in order to encourage EU investors. This will make the sector more competitive and boost its overall in the economy and consequently promote growth and jobs. The strategy can only succeed if it enjoys broad and strong support from ALL parts of the aviation value network. These are the main conclusions to emerge from the public hearing entitled "Delivering the EU Aviation Strategy – getting stakeholders on board", held in Brussels on 22 April 2016.

  • 5 Apr 2016
    Promote more growth and jobs with horizontal EU SME policies!

    EU employers’ organisations call for an overhaul of the Small Business Act (SBA) to better accommodate the needs of Europe’s more than 21 million SMEs, which have created 85 % of new jobs in the past five years.

  • 18 Feb 2016 Portraits of women and young people in construction in the EESC

    Yesterday the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held the opening ceremony of the exhibition on women and young people in the construction sector. The exhibition is organised by the European Builders Confederation (EBC) and the EESC will host it for one month.

  • 21 Jan 2016 The employers' priorities – a debate with BUSINESSEUROPE and Copa Cogeca representatives

    2016 will be a tough year for the EU with numerous challenges ahead. The employers have a role to play in the current situation. The better the EU economy performs, the more the EU can focus on geopolitics or the refugee crisis. Therefore it is crucial for all employers' organisations to ensure that the business environment allows European companies to grow. These were some of the conclusions that emerged from the debate with the heads of BUSINESSEUROPE and Copa-Cogeca that took place during the meeting of the Employers' Group. The representatives of both organisations presented their priorities for the coming months.

  • 18 Jan 2016 Work programme of the Permanent Study Group on Services of General Interest approved

    The first meeting of the Permanent Study Group on Services of General Interest took place on Wednesday 13 January 2016 at the EESC. The president of the group, Milena Angelova, presented the 2016 work programme, which was subsequently approved.

  • 16 Dec 2015 New member of the Employers' Group

    We are pleased to announce that Ricardo Serra Arias has joined the Employers' Group. Mr Serra Arias is the president of the Spanish farmers association ASAJA-Sevilla and ASAJA-Andalucía. He is also a vice-president of COPA-COGECA EU and a vice-president of ASAJA Nacional, with responsibility for international relations.

  • 4 Nov 2015 Reindustrialisation of Europe: Food Manufacturing, Innovation and the Circular Economy

    European industry needs an environment conducive to innovative activity. We must strengthen investment in innovation and foster business dynamism. Investment is needed not only in scientific R&D but also in areas that are becoming key features of corporate success, such as design, software, data, firm-specific skills and marketing. These are some of the ideas that emerged from the conference on the Reindustrialisation of Europe: Food Manufacturing, Innovation and Circular Economy, which took place on 27 October in Milan. The event was hosted by the Employers' Group, together with Coldiretti and Confindustria.

  • 28 Oct 2015 Role of international trade in reindustrialisation of Europe

    Fostering international trade is beneficial for companies, consumers and employees. In 15 years' time, 90% of global demand will come from outside the EU. Therefore, establishing a simple and predictable trade policy should be a priority for the EU as one of the main factors in boosting growth and creating new jobs. The participants at the conference on the Role of international trade in the reindustrialisation of Europe discussed the future of EU trade policy, the role of FTAs and how to revive European industry through trade and investment. The conference took place in Milan on 26 October and was organised by the EESC Employers' Group, together with Confcommercio and AICE (Italian Association of Foreign Trade).


  • 14 Oct 2015 The Commission's new trade strategy – a positive agenda for business

    The Employers' Group welcomes the Commission's new trade strategy presented today by Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström. "The European Commission listened closely to key concerns raised by Civil Society and the strategy represents a positive agenda for business" – stated Jonathan Peel, Member of the Employers' Group and the EESC rapporteur on the review of the EU Trade Policy.