EU institutions and bodies
While modern and often successful, European business can't afford to stand still in the face of fast-moving technological change and ever-keener foreign competition. EU enterprise policy aims to ensure we keep up with our rivals while also creating jobs. It pays particular attention to the needs of the manufacturing industry and small firms.

The European Commission's Enterprise Europe Network too helps small business to make the most of the European marketplace.

Responding to calls from the Council and the Parliament, the Commission has announced a series of measures designed to target this vulnerable sector of society of unemployed young people aged under 25. Central to the Commission's Youth Employment Package is the concept of a Youth Guarantee. This proposal from the Commission is both timely and highly relevant. With Finland and Austria already implementing such measures, it is hoped the Commission will be able to get member states on board quickly. Implementation is likely to differ from state to state but the goal is the same, the provision of opportunity for Europe’s Youth.

The European Commission developed in 2010 an integrated industrial policy for the globalisation era in order to place industry in the centre to sustain Europe as an economic player on the word stage The policy sets out a strategy that aims to boost growth and jobs by maintaining and supporting a strong, diversified and competitive industrial base in Europe offering well-paid jobs while becoming more resource efficient.


Unlocking industrial opportunities is the 2013's name of the yearly event on policy formulation by providing a platform for high level debates on the optimal conditions for business development in Europe, which platform considered to be a key meeting place for business leaders, diplomats, the public sector and EU-policy makers. The event, organised by European Business Summit, is focussing on Europe's need to re-industrialise in order to become more competitive and sustainable and enables participants to gain a bottom-up perspective about what companies want from EU policy makers and on encouraging business leaders to engage more with EU policy makers, to develop a real pan-EU business dialogue.
The conferensce is dynamic in the issue it tackles and its associated studies/surveys- ensuring the best possible outcomes for business participants and policy makers.


In April 2013, during the 4th Brussels Think Tank Dialogue, the policy was discussed. The Dialogue focused on the labour market potential of the Commission’s current strategy for a European industrial policy by elaborating on three main questions: What are the net employment effects of the “Third Industrial Revolution” the Commission strives for? What kind of labour markets and training policies does the EU need to address skill mismatches? And finally, to what extent are the employment benefits and costs of a integrated industrial policy equally distributed amongst member states and regions and what does this imply for mobility and migration within the EU?

The Commission argues that the Europeans need a coordinated policy response to tackle current economic challenges. From the Commission’s point of view, only better coordination of member states’ industrial policies and pooling available resources can make the EU a successful competitive player in the global market and mitigate internal competitiveness gaps between its member states.
conference paper addresses the great diversity and heterogeneity of industrial structures and labour markets in EU member states, which considerably contribute to national rivalries, the structural East-West divide, and the grown core-periphery divide between Northern and Southern eurozone members. There is a future for industrry and manufacturing, in which enterprises and starting and existing SME's are involved. But how to get people back into jobs? And what should happen and be done, if a shift from the West to the East occurs? Do we have enough approaches and enough integrated industrial policy to safeguard? And what about investments?

4th Brussels Think Tank Dialogue, debate on the EU new industrial policy

A global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest to provide the world's leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society.
The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. The mission is unique: To provide the world's leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society.
Founded in 1916, The Conference Board is an objective, independent source of economic and business knowledge with one agenda: to help our member companies understand and deal with the most critical issues of our time
The Conference Board conduct research and convene business leaders in forums large and small, public and private. The insights captured through our extensive network feed directly back into our research and meeting agendas, ensuring that our activities remain sharply focused on the key issues of the day, works within and across four main subject areas – Corporate Leadership; Economies, Markets & Value Creation; High-Performing Organizations; and Human Capital – to create a unique, enterprise-wide perspective that helps business leaders respond today, anticipate tomorrow, and make the right strategic decisions every day and provide:

- objective, world-renowned economic data and analyses that help business and policy leaders make sense of their operating environments;
- in-depth research and best practices concerning management, leadership, and corporate citizenship;
- public and private forums in which executives learn with and from their peers;
- a platform and thought leadership for the business community worldwide.


Eurociett was established as the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies to promote common interests of the agency work industry in Europe.
The confederation brings together 31 national federations of the private employment agency industry in Europe, and 7  of the largest, multinational staffing companies worldwide

This is done especially by:

  • seeking greater recognition for the contribution that private employment agencies make to better functioning labour markets, especially in relation to three key aspects: job creation, access to and integration in the labour market of diverse groups of workers, economic growth and tax revenues;
  • creating the most suitable regulatory environment for the industry in Europe;

  • supporting the European policy objective of increasing EU’s competitiveness, growth and employment;

  • raising quality standards for the industry and fighting against rogue providers;

  • improving the image of the industry and strengthening its reputation.



- Is Europe doing enough to fight the credit crisis?

- Companies access to finance: a European action

BUSINESSEUROPE plays a crucial role in Europe as the main horizontal business organisation at EU level. Through its 41 member federations, BUSINESSEUROPE represents more than 20 million companies from 35 countries. Its main task is to ensure that companies' interests are represented and defended vis-à-vis the European institutions with the principal aim of preserving and strengthening corporate competitiveness. BUSINESSEUROPE is active in the European social dialogue to promote the smooth functioning of labour markets.

In a policy document presented on 26 June 2012, BUSINESSEUROPE and all its members urge to take all the necessary decisions without further delay to restore confidence and put Europe back on track. In its five-point plan 'Growing out of the crisis' BUSINESSEUROPE presents concrete measures to:

  • Safeguard the euro: All possible means must be used to safeguard the euro;

  • Improve public finances and speed up structural reforms: Only when businesses and households are sure that governments have fully committed to putting their public finances on a sustainable path, will they have the confidence to invest, recruit workers and increase consumption;

  • Promote private investment: Europe needs a stronger investment and competitiveness agenda to build prive-sector trust and confidence;

  • Unleash the single market: The single market adds EUR 600 a year to our economy. Since 1992 it has helped create almost 3 million new jobs across the EU, and benefited the broader European Economic Area;

  • Expand EU external trade: With almost 30 million EU jobs (more than 10% of the EU workforce) dependent upon export markets outside the EU, Europe needs to build a strong presence in expanding global markets.

This strategy will allow Europe to double its long-term annual growth rate from 1.25% to 2.5%.

UEAPME is the employers’ organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. UEAPME is a recognised European Social Partner. It is a non-profit seeking and non-partisan organisation.
As the European SME umbrella organisation, UEAPME incorporates 84 member organisations from 34 countries consisting of national cross-sectorial SME federations, European branch federations and other associate members, which support the SME family. UEAPME represents more than 12 million enterprises, which employ around 55 million people across Europe.

BDI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie), a wide network in Germany and Europe in all important markets and international organizations, which provides political back-up for the opening up of international markets and it offers information and economic policy advice on all topics relevant to industry, published in November 2011 the study 'Germany 2030 Future Perspective for Value Creation. The results of this study go beyond the extrapolation of trends or the condensing of existing studies on future research. The analysis focuses on the disruptions and possible developments which could have a major impact on the manner and the extent of what we (in Germany) produce and consume.

What radical technological, economic and social changes can be expected by 2030 and what possible effects can they have on value creation and jobs in Germany? How can the opportunities be grasped and the risks minimised? How should the overall political framework be devised, especially with regard to the promotion of research?


To improve the overall approach to entrepreneurship, to irreversibly anchor the ´Think Small First´ principle in policy making from regulation to public service and to promote SME´s growth by helping them tackle the remaining problems which hamper their development, it was questioned in March 2010 if a Small business act for Europe is needed.

It is the time, once and for all, to cement the needs of SME´s in the forefront of the EU´s policy.
The SBA brings the full weight of Europe behind SME´s - enlisting all the resources of Europe to help small business in their daily business and to clear the path for those that want to create more jobs and grow in Europe and beyond.´

The idea is to create a strong more accessible environment for SME's. Key recommendations are ade in the report on categories 'definition of SMILEs and policy', 'proportionate offering and listing requirements', 'proportionate on-going requirements', 'market integrity', 'investor's interest for SMILEs' and, 'Think Small - Act Big".

Mme C. Lagarde at CEPS

The CBI's mission to promote the conditions in which businesses of all sizes and sectors in the UK can compete and prosper for the benefit of all. To achieve this, campaigning is in the UK, the EU and internationally for a competitive policy landscape. The CBI is the UK's premier business lobbying organisation, providing a voice for employers at a national and international level to provide a voice for businesspeople and their businesses on a national and international level. "We speak for more than 240,000 companies of every size, including many in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 350, mid-caps, SMEs, micro businesses, private and family owned businesses, start ups, and trade associations..."'…and in every sector, including agriculture, automotive, aerospace and defence, construction, creative and communications, financial services, IT and e-business, management consultancy, manufacturing, professional services, retail, transport, tourism and utilities" .

Confederation of British Industry

ERT today brings together up to 50 chief executives and chairmen of major multinational companies of European parentage, covering a wide range of industrial sectors. Individuals join at the personal invitation of existing Members, which confers on ERT membership a personal rather than corporate character.

ERT Members meet twice a year, in person, at Plenary Sessions. At these Plenary Sessions, Members determine ERT’s work programme, set priorities and establish specialised Working Groups to work on them. Decisions are taken by consensus

ERT's vision report