17 abr 2019
European Parliament Elections


It considers that the EU needs sustainability, digitalization and competitiveness and a strategy focused on industrial policy and investment.

CEOE’s Board of Directors approved the document “"Priorities and business proposals for the 9th European Legislature 2019-2014”, prepared by the Business Confederation’s Department of Regulatory and European Affairs, in which it recalls its commitment to the European Union, EU, and the values it represents. CEOE insists on asking for “More Europe” because no EU country is able to compete alone in a globalized world and for a “Better Europe” because there is ample room to make it more efficient, more decisive and, ultimately, more effective and attractive.

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CEOE believes Europe is “our common enterprise” since the EU is still “our natural framework for projection and, what’s even better, our project for the future”. In this regard, the business organization points out that, within a context of uncertainty, it is essential for the preparation and implementation of the 9th Legislature of the European Parliament to be anchored in close collaboration with the business world.

In fact, CEOE thinks that the upcoming elections to the European Parliament could be considered as foundational and, therefore, voters have a very serious responsibility when it comes to electing representatives who advocate and work for “more Europe”.

The business proposals contained in this document are structured around three axes: sustainability, digitalization and global competitiveness. Three essential objectives that should be enabled through the implementation of a strategy focused on industrial policy and investment. The document understands that the first proposal would need a coherent set of measures to boost economic activity.

With regard to sustainability, a balance between the economic, social and environmental pillars is essential to promote investment and enable a more resilient economy. At the same time, the businessmen would like to see a strengthening of the economic pillar with a more integrated domestic market within a deeper Economic and Monetary Union.

Also, we need more companies to reinforce the European social dimension and more industry to face the economy’s decarbonisation and circularity. With respect to digitalization, businessmen want a consolidated single market capable of competing globally.

Finally, the document recalls that more than two thirds of European exports come from industry and more than 36 million jobs depend on the export sector throughout the EU, almost 16 million more than from 2000 to 2017. In particular, one in 10 jobs in Spain depends on European exports and 65% of them correspond to the services sector, according to data from the European Commission.


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