The European Parliament of Enterprises (EPE) is the largest event organized every two years by Eurochambres and gives the opportunity to entrepreneurs to exchange views and best practices. The event highlights the “economic democracy” of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry through their representation, debating and voting on crucial policy issues. Voting results are presented by EUROCHAMBRES to the relevant political actors from all EU institutions as “the voice of European businesses”. Bringing together lawmakers and stakeholders, the conference addresses challenges facing European companies today. The program was opened by the president of EUROCHAMBRES, Christoph Leitl. “It is on these subjects that the EU-27 must focus in order to build a stronger Union, on the basis of what, in my view, is our main asset, our main capital – our single market, that ecosystem of standards, certifications, rights, regulations, supervision and jurisdiction that we have constructed together and on which we worked hard together when I was the Commissioner responsible for the single market. I am thinking, for example, of the simplification of public procurement, and the European patent. ” – he emphasized.

President of the European Parliament, Antionio Tajani, in his speech also pointed on the notion of unity and importance of the small sized enterprises. “Without work there is no dignity. One of the EU’s main priorities should be to work to make Europe more SME friendly. They account for 85 % of new jobs and two thirds of private employment in the EU. That is why we need to work towards a Union that is fit for purpose: you are the real economy and your concerns must also be ours. ”

Small and medium- sized enterprises (SMEs) are the spine of Europe’s economy. The EU is helping to create an environment which is conductive to doing business, using legislation namely Small Business Act. It helps to ensure that EU policies and national laws are designed with small business in mind. The conference was divided into three sessions: Skills (scene setter: Martina Dlabajova, Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Alde), Trade (scene setter: Bernd Lange, Chair of the Committee on International Trade, S&D) and Future of Europe (Scene setters: Stephen Clark, Director, Directorate for Liaison Offices, European Parliament- special intervention by the European Parliament Communication Office concerning the importance of voting in the upcoming 2019 European elections and Vladimir Dlouhy, President of the Chech Chamber of Commerce).

EuroNavigator thanks Eurochambres for the invite and this great opportunity to present our work in Public Affairs and our country on this high-level event.