20 may 2016
Reform Eurobarometer

Council of Presidents meets H.M. Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

The Council of Presidents of BUSINESSEUROPE was received by H.M. Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in the Palace Noordeinde, The Hague. The Presidents were individually presented to the King and they had discussions on the recent European economic and political developments, international affairs and societal challenges.

Council of Presidents meets H.M. Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands
Council of Presidents meets H.M. Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands — ©ANP, Robin van Lonkhuisen

Under the theme “Reform to perform”, the BUSINESSEUROPE Day focused on actions that need to be taken to improve Europe’s performance and what reforms European companies expect in the European Union and its member states. On this high level event, Juan Rosell, President of the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE), underlined that “Less regulation and better regulation” must be the most important priority of the European Union.

Rosell also stressed the need to effectively combine two sets of reforms: end the overlapping crisis of confidence and credibility the EU is confronted with, and encourage structural reforms of our economies to generate an efficient business environment, with less but better focused regulation.

Regarding the key points to strengthen the economic recovery, the CEOE’s President pointed out the importance of a more indepth European integration, with a clear sense of direction and avoiding a “EU à la carte”; a favorable monetary policy; fiscal consolidation; the continuation of structural reforms; the promotion of investment and trade; always keeping in mind the international dimension and its implications and opportunities for companies.

Concerning European challenges, Rosell highlighted ageing population and its future implications; the importance of digitalization as a new industrial revolution; and globalization in financial markets, trade and investment.

In this context, regarding the ongoing negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Juan Rosell considered essential to advocate and explain more and better the potential benefits that trade agreements entail for European economies in terms of growth and employment.

These clear messages were also shared by Emma Marcegaglia, BUSINESSEUROPE’s President, who presented the "Reform Eurobarometer 2016" document, prepared in close collaboration with its member federations, including CEOE.

Other issues addressed in the debate in which participated Juan Rosell, along with other Presidents and Director Generals of Business Confederations counterparts as BDI (Germany), IV (Austria) and CBI (UK) were the management of the migration policy, the potential impact of China’s market economy status, or the implication of low oil prices

Link to EU Reform Barometer

More information: www.businesseuropeday.eu