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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  • 15 Jul 2015 Extraordinary Group I Bureau meeting in Varna - Competitive Industries for Sustainable Growth and Jobs

    Digitalisation and the development of innovative technologies that can be brought to the market must play a central role if Europe wants to regain industrial competitiveness and deliver on its promises of growth and jobs. Furthermore, a flexible labour market must replace the current labour structure in order to facilitate the emergence of the freelance economy of the future. These were the main messages to emerge from the conference on "Competitive Industries for Sustainable Growth and Jobs". The discussions were organised by the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association and the Employers' Group and took place in Varna on 6 July.

  • 8 Jul 2015 Joint declaration signed on 8th July by the social partners representing all businesses in Greece

    Joint declaration signed on 8th July by the social partners representing all businesses in Greece

  • 3 Jul 2015 Integrated EU Aviation Policy – a must to boost competitiveness and maintain the position of Europe in global aviation

    "We recognise the importance of #aviation as an enabler for growth and jobs. Aviation does matter but if we don't speak with one voice in the EU, we will not be able to compete globally," stated Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport during her speech at the public hearing on the Integrated EU Aviation Policy, which took place on 2 July 2015 in the EESC. She presented stakeholders with the preliminary conclusions emerging from the public consultation on the Aviation Package recently conducted by the European Commission. It has emerged that fair competition, regulatory harmonisation and taxation are the elements that raise the most concerns among stakeholders.

  • 25 Jun 2015
    The future of Small Business Act

    The debate with Commissioner Bieńkowska during the extraordinary meeting of the Employers' Group bureau


    "SMEs are at the very heart of my concerns, I am the SME envoy to the EC", said Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, launching the debate with the Employers' Group bureau. The members had an opportunity to present the ongoing EESC opinions related to SMEs and discuss with the Commissioner and members of her Private Office.

  • 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.