We need to defend our European way

 

Hello, my name is Markus Beyrer and I am the Chief Executive of BusinessEurope, the voice of European business. Let me share my vision for the future of Europe with you today.

 

While we in the business community are strong believers in the European way of life, in a world where ABC defines as: A for America first, B for Brexit, and C for a more assertive China. But I remain optimistic.

We need to have a more strategic approach to industry policy.

 

So, what do we need to do? Well, we need to show the world that there is a third way, which is neither the lately very protectionist US American way nor the more state-driven Chinese way.

 

And, in order to do so, we need to become stronger ourselves. We need to be more united. We need to put a single market, which is the pearl of European integration, back on top of the list, and not give in to petty local protectionism.

We need to defend global rules-based trade, because this is the cornerstone of our wealth.

 

We need to have a more strategic approach to industry policy, and have an idea of how to catch up, and how to close the gap with some of our major competitors.

 

We need to defend global rules-based trade, because this is the cornerstone of our wealth. And, looking to the future, we need to find ways to become the most innovative continent in the world once again.

 

We have made 50 proposals that we would like the incoming European Commission to tackle within the first 100 days.

Markus J. Beyrer

Markus J. Beyrer has been Director General of BusinessEurope since late 2012. Prior to this, he held the positions of CEO of the Austrian Industry Holding ÖIAG, Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) and Director for Economic Affairs of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. Before this Mr Beyrer served as Chief Economic Advisor to the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel.