by the EESC's Employers' Group
The business community has to make its voice heard loud and clear in the European election campaign. Employers' organisations should not only emphasise their needs and expectations for the next term of the European Parliament; they should also underline the benefits that the European Union brings to their activities and to people's daily lives.
These are some of the conclusions that emerged from the discussion with representatives of BusinessEurope, SMEunited and CEEP (European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services and Services of General Interest) during the EESC's Employers' Group meeting in February.
"Digitalisation, the greening of the economy, and access to skilled staff and affordable technology are seen by SMEs as the largest challenges where they need EU support", said Veronique Willems, Secretary General of SMEunited. The organisation considers that a horizontal policy for SMEs is a better means of achieving good results than a sector-specific approach.
"We have to help people realise that the European way of life is the best way of life in the world and that this is thanks to the EU. This is a joint responsibility for the whole business community", said Markus Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope. His organisation is involved in campaigns to increase election turnout at both the European and national level through its members.
CEEP's priorities focus on three Ds: digitalisation, decarbonisation and demographic ageing. "These three trends are at the core of our activities and this is where we can work together even more", said Valeria Ronzitti, General Secretary of CEEP. (lj)