EUROCHAMBRES'INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT EAGER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT AALEP

Eurochambres' International Affairs Department wants to meet with AALEP to understand the network that we are currently developing in Brussels and beyond and better grasp and discuss our activities in our Action Plan. A meeting has been scheduled on 10 November 2011 with AALEP Chair.

INOPPORTUNE TENSIONS AND DIVISIONS ARE BUILDING UP AMONG EU MEMBER STATES

A lot of political tensions are building up among EU member states: Diverging views between France and Germany. Tension between France and the UK , with Sweden and Poland in the background. Tension between France/Germany and Italy along with gestures and expressions that ridicule Italy. The European Commission feels like being sidelined by France and Germany who are running the show. President José Barroso believes that there should not be any separation between Eurozone members and the rest of the EU.

AALEP CALLED TO ORGANIZE A HIGH LEVEL LOBBYING SEMINAR IN JAKARTA

AALEP has been called to organize a high level lobbying seminar in Jakarta in January 2012, initiated by Student-to-student Networking (STUN) in their programme of "Focus on Youth Leadership". The seminar which will span over 5 days will deal with the practice of managing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating lobbying campaigns.

ASEAN COUNTRIES TO OUTPERFORM THE WORLD ECONOMY IN 2012

The relationship among ASEAN member nations ( Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) has evolved from a group of countries that compete for foreign investments into an assembly that mutually reinforces progress through greater linkages and trade. 

INFLUENCING TRADE POLICY AND NGOs

Policy influence may be broken into four types : expanding policy capacities, affecting policy debates, affecting policy regimes, and developing new policy regimes :  

GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS 2011-2012 OF EU COUNTRIES

The World Economic Forum's Center for Global Competiveness and Performance reviews the business operating environment and competitiveness of 142 economies worldwide. The report identifies the advantages as well as the impediments to national growth. Among EU countries only  Sweden, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom rank among the top 10 out of 142 countries.

THE NEED FOR BUSINESS ADVOCACY IN TRADE POLICY

The mood in Europe and North America is deeply sombre, as business leaders, economists and policymakers alike expect the economic climate to get worse before it gets better. Therefore, the business-government relationship is of particular relevance. Business advocacy in trade policy can improve the competitive position of EU exporters in foreign markets by helping governments work out better trade strategies. EU firms need to push for improved foreign market access of their products and support regulations that improve their competitive position.

FISCAL AUSTERITY OR IS IT SOCIAL DESTRUCTION???

Fiscal Austerity means that the state  must engage in “fiscal consolidation.” In economic parlance, this implies that the state must cut spending and increase taxes in order to “service” its debt by reducing its annual deficit. Thus, the ‘conditions’ for receiving a loan demand “fiscal austerity” measures being implemented by the debtor nation. This is supposedly a way for the lender to ensure that their loans are met with appropriate measures to deal with the debt.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE 23 OCTOBER BRUSSELS SUMMIT?

Investors are hoping for something big from European leaders at the EU Summit on 23 October and the Group of 20 on 3 November. Here below are some of the measures that most likely will be revealed in order to avoid the sovereign debt problems dragging the world into recession.

LOBBYING AGAINST RISING ECONOMIC INEQUALITY

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, homes, and life savings as the middle class has undergone an unprecedented collapse. 

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