MBB EU Affairs Manager Daniel Debono represented the Malta Chamber at the Businesseurope Council of Presidents meeting in Luxembourg. The meeting was hosted by the Business Federation of Luxembourg (FEDIL), and the delegation had the opportunity to meet HRH Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, as well as the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
The Council of Presidents adopted a mandate for negotiations with the European Trade Unions Council for a non-legally binding agreement on active ageing. The member federations then discussed Businesseurope’s recommendations of the “5 Presidents’ report” on the future of the Economic and Monetary Union, and the implications of the targeted revision of the posting of worker’s directive envisaged in the European Commission work programme for 2016.
Other international issues were also discussed, including the new EU trade and investment strategy, TTIP negotiations, the interpretation of China’s protocol of accession to the WTO and the impact on EU anti-dumping procedures, as well as the COP21 international climate change conference that took place in Paris in December.