EUROPEAN BUSINESS GROUP IN INDIA SEEKING AALEP SUPPORT FOR FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

The Government of India and the European Union have been negotiating the conclusion of a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement since 2007. The European Business Group in India (EBGI), recognized by the Indian Government and the European Commission as the industry lobby representing the interests of European companies in India, has been a key promoter of a comprehensive free trade agreement between India and the European Union since its inception in 1997.

EUROZONE CRISIS IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A GROWTH CRISIS

The Eurozone crisis is not a financial crisis. It is not an economic crisis. IT IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A GROWTH CRISIS.  EU countries (except for Germany and Scandinavian countries) have not spent enough in areas that produce growth: human capital formation, training, research, education and innovation. These are all the things by the way in which Germany has invested. Productivity is also a key factor that leads to overall economic growth. Productivity is affected by investments in R&D and new capital formation.

REDUCING SPENDING AND BUDGET DEFICITS WILL NOT SOLVE EU ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES

The current focus by the EU is to reduce spending as much as possible to reduce budget deficits. This will cause lower growth and falling tax revenues. By doing that we will get a prolonged economic stagnation and a serious recession in the south of Europe (Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France etc..) Reducing budget deficits will not by itself solve the EU economic difficulties.

WHAT'S BEHIND THE ARMISTICE DAY?

Armistice means a cessation of hostilities as a prelude to peace negotiations. In the context of the First World War, the armistice is generally referred to in context of the agreement between the Germans and the Allies to end the war on 11 November 1918.

Casualties (including killed and wounded) on both sides were enormous: 25,447,250

On the Allies'side (i.e. Entente Forces) 13,685,250

EU TRADE POLICY LOBBYING BY INDIVIDUAL FIRMS

Agressive business lobbying on trade issues is much less common in Brussels that it is for example in Washington D.C. Indeed, U.S. firms and trade associations are very proactive in business-government relations on trade policy. This "bottom-up" approach contrasts with the "top-down" EU approach where public authority, in particular the European Commission, plays the predominant entrepreneurial role.

LET GREECE DEFAULT!!!!!

Greece has been sitting on a massive € 350 billion euro debt. Since May 2010, Greece has been surviving on a first € 110 billion bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund contingent on higher taxes and sharp cuts in government spending. The sixt installment of € 8 billion as part of the 2010 loan agreement of € 110 billion is urgently needed to stave off a catastrophic default.

NEW ASSOCIATION OF AVOCATS LOBBYISTES/LAWYER-LOBBYISTS IN FRANCE

L'Association des Avocats Lobbyistes (AAL) a pour objet de promouvoir le rôle des avocats dans la représentation d'intérêts et contribuer à la professionalisation de cette activité, amorcée depuis plusieurs années. L'Association est ouverte aux avocats et aux juristes d'entreprise qui ont un rôle décisif dans les actions de leur entreprise.

Le lobbying dans sa conception moderne est une composante légitime du système démocratique auquel il participe; il s'inscrit d'abord dans une logique d'informations des décideurs publics, nationaux et européens.

THE GREEK REFERENDUM WILL PUT THE ONUS ON THE PEOPLE

Through a referendum the Greeks will, for a change, decide for themselves how they and their country will move forward. The Greeks have had no real opportunity to do so for quite some time. For about a year and a half, Greece has been under foreign administration; it is de facto no longer a sovereign state. The government's most important task has been dragging the austerity programmes and structural reforms through parliament and implementing them. These are dictated by he strict troika of the EU Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

AALEP INVITED BY THE EP-EC JOINT SECRETARIAT OF THE TRANSPARENCY REGISTER TO A MEETING FOR EXCHANGING VIEWS ON ISSUES RELATED TO THE REGISTER

AALEP along with other relevant organizations has been invited by the EP-EC joint secretariat of the Transparency register to attend a meeting on 21 November 2011 to have an exchange of views on various issues related to the Register of transparency, namely concerning the revision of the financial guidelines.  The new financial guidelines will be published on AALEP website.

EU CORPORATE STRATEGIES NEED TO BE REPLACED BY A DEAL MAKING MENTALITY

It is rare to find an EU company that is not developing a market strategy to benefit from the rapid growth of emerging markets such as Brazil, India, and China. As more and more firms copy each others' best practices, many of the remaining critical elements of the business environment are determined by the EU and third country governments. These include, among others, access to foreign markets for investments, protecting intellectual property etc.

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