A fair, competitive and sustainable business environment that encourages enterprises to grow innovate, invest and trade – this is what representatives of the European employers ask from the next European Commission and Member States. The participants of the European Entrepreneurship Forum taking place in Bucharest agreed that it is time for a political recognition of SMEs – shifting from "think small first" approach to "act small first" principle.
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Less than two months before the European elections, the Employers' Group calls for an open, united and strong EU. Business representatives are committed to working for a strong and prosperous EU. The strength of the EU lies in its attractiveness. To further benefit from this "European way of life", we need a competitive business environment. These are just some of the main messages emerging from the Political Declaration that the Employers' Group has recently adopted.
The list of new work appointments for March 2019 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
Key areas of interest to European employers' organisations for 2019 include strengthening the internal market; the EU budget; open markets; sustainable living; and Brexit. On 20 March, representatives of EUROCHAMBRES, EuroCommerce and Copa-Cogeca met with members of the Employers Group to discuss the issues they were going to focus on this year.
The list of new work appointments for February 2019 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
Statement of the President of the Employers' Group
On 20 February 2019 the EESC adopted an opinion calling for an EU framework directive on minimum income. The Employers' Group fully shares the view of the EESC that fighting against poverty is a necessity. However, for us the instrument proposed in the opinion is not the correct one. For this reason, the Group tabled a counter-opinion, presenting its views on measures needed to reduce poverty. The counter opinion was supported by almost 40% of the EESC Members.
Les élections européennes, une démarche horizontale concernant les PME, l’éducation ou encore le commerce équitable comptent parmi les principaux domaines d’intérêt des organisations européennes d’employeurs pour 2019. Le 20 février, des représentants de BusinessEurope, du CEEP et de SMEunited ont rencontré des membres du groupe des employeurs pour discuter des questions à examiner plus particulièrement cette année.
The list of new work appointments for January 2019 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
The list of new work appointments for December 2018 and the most recent list of ongoing EESC work are available for download in the attachments below.
Europe loses EUR 370 billion a year due to the gender employment gap. What's more, it is statistically proven that companies with more gender-diverse management boards produce better results. So, why might it take another 217 years to close the economic gender gap at global level, as estimated by the World Economic Forum? On 17 December, high-level speakers from the worlds of business, politics and NGOs came together with members of the Employers' Group to discuss how to leverage the immense potential that women could bring to the European economy.