By the EESC Employers' Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that genuine resilience is dependent on securing a fully functioning Single Market.

This was the main message of EU Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, who joined the extraordinary meeting of the Employers' Group on 1 March to discuss a wide range of topics from the vaccine roll-out to the revised EU Industrial Strategy and Europe's sustainable recovery.

Mr Breton said that COVID-19 has highlighted a number of needs facing our economy, for example that Europe has to strengthen its industrial autonomy. Europe has to form strategic synergies that will enable us to be more industrially sustainable. The revised Industrial Strategy also needs to help businesses to make progress, even in these difficult times.

Furthermore, NextGenerationEU has unprecedented amounts of funding that can be deployed to build the industrial Europe of tomorrow. The twin transitions, resilience and a sound value chain are among the most important areas for reconstruction.

In conclusion, the EESC Employers' Group and Mr Breton were in broad agreement on the topics discussed and the same business-oriented language was spoken regarding the need to constructively forge the right legislative environment, allowing companies to operate with certainty, flexibility and security. The EESC Employers' Group believes that business and enterprises are the vital partner in the process of adapting our societies to the future and should be given the opportunity to play a constructive role.

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