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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  • 18 Nov 2014
    In Memoriam of Tony Vandeputte

    It is with infinite sadness that we have learned that our colleague and friend Tony Vandeputte has died at the age of 68 years.

  • 21 Nov 2014 Energy Union, interconnectivity, energy mix: the main tools to improve EU's energy security

    Europe is highly dependent on its energy resources. In order to increase the EU's energy security a genuine Energy Union is needed as well as major investments in infrastructure to provide full interconnectivity between Member States. Renewable energy remains an important part of the energy mix; however further development of renewables should take more account of the profitability of such projects, final energy price and its impact on jobs and R&D development. These are the main conclusions of the conference entitled "Securing essential imports for the EU – energy: new opportunities or new threats?" that took place on 14 November in Zagreb.

  • 11 Nov 2014 Czech priorities for the EU and the importance of technical education for industry

    Summary of the Employers' Group bureau meeting in Prague


    Active participation in Eurozone reform, better interconnection with the EU, support for the real economy and completing the Single Market – these are the Czech priorities for the European Union. During the Employers' Group bureau meeting in Prague, the members of the bureau had an opportunity to hold discussions with representatives of the Czech government and Czech Members of the European Parliament.

  • 30 Oct 2014 Reinforcing European Industrial Competitiveness

    European industry needs a complex, ambitious and tailored policy in order to reinforce its competitiveness. Industrial policy must be aligned with structural reforms and the creation of a friendly and stable legislative and financial environment for the companies. In order to effectively address industry's competitiveness, energy and climate policy must be balanced to enable economic growth. These are the main conclusions reached during the conference "Reinforcing European industrial competitiveness that took place in Rome on 28 October 2014.

  • 16 Oct 2014
    EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement: an ambitious deal to boost both growth and jobs

    Together, the EU and Japan account for more than one third of world trade. The Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and Japan creates an opportunity for growth and jobs for both sides. Expectations on both sides of this mega trade deal are high. EU exports to Japan are expected to increase by 30%, the EU's GDP by 0.8%, and up to 400 000 new jobs should be created. Japanese GDP should increase by 0.7%, and its exports to Europe by 24%. The agreement would also underline the major trade and investment role played by the EU in East Asia.  On 15 October 2015, the European Economic and Social Committee adopted an opinion entitled The role of civil society in the EU-Japan FTA.

  • 15 Oct 2014
    Remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones): an opportunity for the economy, a need for regulation

    Europe is well placed to benefit from the development of the remotely piloted aircraft systems industry, which promotes employment and strengthens new technologies. However, the European Union must ensure that regulation concerning drones is consistent and up-to-date when it comes to safety, privacy, data protection, liability and insurance. On 15 October 2014 the European Economic and Social Committee adopted an opinion entitled "A new era for aviation - Opening the aviation market to the civil use of remotely piloted aircraft systems in a safe and sustainable manner".

  • 15 Oct 2014 The fourth industrial revolution: business services at the heart of a new production model

    Summary of the CCMI/121 opinion on The impact of services on industry (rapporteur: Joost van Iersel)

  • 8 Oct 2014 New member of the Employers' Group

    We are pleased to welcome a new member of the Employers' Group representing United Kingdom, Mr David Yeandle.

  • 6 Oct 2014 In Memoriam of Dr Göke Frerichs

    Today we have assembled to pay our last tribute of respect to Dr Göke Frerichs, former Committee president and a member of Group I, who passed away on 26 September 2014.

  • 3 Oct 2014 The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: an opportunity for all, not just for business

    European employers call for an ambitious agreement that boosts growth and upholds the highest regulatory standards.

  • 1 Oct 2014 Airport Capacity in the EU

    Europe has far too little airport capacity where it's needed and far too much capacity in places where there is not enough demand. If this challenge is not addressed, Europe could lose 2 million flights by 2035 because of lack of capacity on the ground. The issue needs to be addressed at European level, and cooperation between European, national and regional authorities should be enhanced in order to provide a consistent and substantive plan for European airports:  these are the main conclusions emerging from the public hearing on Airport Capacity in the EU that took place at the EESC on 30 September 2014. Representatives of various stakeholders from the aviation industry discussed how to address the challenges that European airports will face in the next few decades.