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NEWSPublicerad: Proposal on Pillar of Social Rights threatens the Swedish model

Proposal on Pillar of Social Rights threatens the Swedish model

The EU is pushing strongly to address social problems. However, the Commission’s recent proposal restricts Member States’ right to decide, and so threatens the Swedish model.

NEWSPublicerad: Free Flow of Data crucial for the Data Economy

Free Flow of Data crucial for the Data Economy

Do not burden the digital development in the EU with a complicated framework that is too complex for companies to understand, let alone comply with. The digitisation of society and business will bring us great opportunities if the policies governing the data economy can develop strategically with an eye to the future.

NEWSPublicerad: Creating a competitive EU post-Brexit

Creating a competitive EU post-Brexit

The British government is expected to trigger Article 50 in a few months and the ultimate effect on both Britain and the European Union are still largely unknown. Since the British referendum on the exit of the EU, intense discussions on the future UK-EU relationship have unfolded. What is missing from the debate is an emphasis on how to make sure EU competitiveness is strengthened in this period of political uncertainty.

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The EU Commission publishes its “Services Package”

On 11 January 2017, the EU Commission a package containing four initiatives aimed at improving the free movement of services in the single market. The Commission’s ambition is to create “A European services economy that works for Europeans”. The services package was first announced in the Commission’s Single Market Strategy “Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business” adopted on 28 October 2015. The response of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise to the Single Market Strategy is available here

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Free movement in the internal market

For companies engaged in cross-border trade within the EU, it is particularly important that the obstacles to free movement in the internal market are removed.Särskilt angeläget är ett effektivt samarbete mellan EU:s institutioner och medlemsstaterna för att förfärdiga den inre marknaden. It is especially important that there is an effective cooperation between the EU institutions and Member States to complete the internal market.Större politisk tyngd måste ges till den gemensamma inre marknaden som är nyckeln till framgång i EU-samarbetet och avgörande för EU:s ekonomiska tillväxt. Greater political weight must be given to the common internal market, which is key to the success of EU cooperation and crucial for EU economic growth.

NEWSPublicerad: Low growth expected for Swedish economy

Low growth expected for Swedish economy

The economy continues to show slow growth, in Sweden and around the world – as shown in the latest forecast from the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. “Most concerning is the labour market. Bifurcation in the labour market is widening over time and will continue to do so without structural reforms,” says Bettina Kashefi, Chief Economist at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

NEWSPublicerad: Cutting red tape essential for a functioning Single Digital Market

Cutting red tape essential for a functioning Single Digital Market

Digitalisation enables faster growth and jobs creation. But the EU could miss this opportunity if the EU Commission Digital Single Market Strategy turns into a long list of demands on businesses, writes Carolina Brånby, Legal and Policy Advisor for Digitalisation at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise.

NEWSPublicerad: Uncertain environmental policy

Uncertain environmental policy

The All Party Committee on Environmental Objectives has submitted its final report to the Swedish government. Though this is a broad agreement with clear formulations, it is unfortunately based on wishful thinking and hopes rather than facts and proper documentation, writes Maria Sunér Fleming, Head of Energy and Climate Policy at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, who also participated as specialist on the committee.

NEWSPublicerad: Minister for Digital Development Peter Eriksson visits Brussels

Minister for Digital Development Peter Eriksson visits Brussels

Sweden should drive the development of a real Digital Single Market. The Swedish Minister for Digital Development Peter Eriksson came to Brussels, to meet with Andrus Ansip, Vice President for the Digital Single Market in the European Commission. He also attended a lunch seminar with the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise along with Swedish businesses represented in Brussels.

NEWSPublicerad: Sustainable use of bioenergy

Sustainable use of bioenergy

The European Commission recently presented a proposal containing sustainability criteria on bioenergy. Issues like the definition of sustainable bioenergy and its impact on the future use of biomass and forest management were discussed at a seminar in co-organised by Swedish Enterprise, the Federation of Swedish Farmers and the Swedish Forestry Industries Federation on December 7.

NEWSPublicerad: The future of Europe

The future of Europe

New ways to tackle protectionism and the challenges of the union the upcoming years was on the agenda when the Swedish Society for Business and Politics, SPN, arranged its annual winter mingle in Brussels on December 5. The SPN invited new and old colleagues to the Nordic House for traditional Swedish Christmas snacks and drinks but also for a joint policy discussion.

NEWSPublicerad: Industry the solution to climate issues

Industry the solution to climate issues

The 2016 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech has come to a close. Given the proper prerequisites for innovation and development, the industry will have a critical role in meeting the climate challenges we face writes Maria Sunér Fleming, Climate and Energy Advisor at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, from the conference.

NEWSPublicerad: Labour migration discussed in the European Parliament

Labour migration discussed in the European Parliament

A hearing about the revised EU Blue Card Directive was held on November 7 at the European Parliament. The Directive aims at making the EU more attractive for highly qualified third-country nationals, that is, those from countries beyond the EU/EES area. Hearing participants included representatives from the OECD, the EU Commission, the European Parliament and the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. The hearing was valuable because critical assessments of the proposed Directive was discussed, and the participants’ conclusion was that the revised EU Blue Card Directive has a bright future if it allows parallel national systems for labour migration.

NEWSPublicerad: New rules for EU anti-dumping measures

New rules for EU anti-dumping measures

The EU Commission has proposed a new method for calculating whether, and to what extent, imported goods have been dumped. While this issue is technical, it is highly important – for importers and third country exporters.

NEWSPublicerad: Swedish Enterprise visits the Slovak presidency of the EU

Swedish Enterprise visits the Slovak presidency of the EU

The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise’s Brussels office visited the Slovak Presidency of the EU in Bratislava on October 3-5. Meetings with the State Secretary of the Economy, the EU department on the Ministry of Labor, the Slovak Employers’ federation and the Swedish Embassy responsible for bilateral relations with Slovakia was on the agenda for the visit. The purpose was to deepen the understanding of the presidency’s interest in the Confederation’s key issues; trade, labor market, digitalization, better regulation and internal market with Slovak stakeholders.

NEWSPublicerad: New rules for posted workers - Better protection of workers or the end of posting?

New rules for posted workers - Better protection of workers or the end of posting?

Free movement of people and services is crucial for the internal market to function well. On March 8th, the European Commission presented its targeted revision of the posting of workers directive. The proposal is already one of the most controversial to be handled by the European legislators during 2016. 

NEWSPublicerad: TTIP – what’s really in it for businesses?

TTIP – what’s really in it for businesses?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is one of the biggest political decisions of this European political term. A free trade agreement between the world’s two largest economies has the potential to provide clear positive effects to the world economy. Beyond political discussions, businesses of all sizes will face both opportunities and challenges in their day-to-day activities and operations.

NEWSPublicerad: Towards the circular economy – opportunities and barriers

Towards the circular economy – opportunities and barriers

In December 2015 the European Commission launched the Circular Economy package. The ambitious package aims at stimulating Europe's transition towards a circular economy, boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs. But will this vision be successful and what will it take to achieve the ambitions? In order to discuss this topic, the Swedish Society for Business and Politics, SPN, organised a seminar in Brussels, in the premises of the permanent representation of Sweden.

NEWSPublicerad: One-sided arguments in new EU General Data Protection Regulation

One-sided arguments in new EU General Data Protection Regulation

The proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation is causing businesses to sound warning bells. Rene Summer, of Telecoms giant Ericsson, fears that new ways of handling personal data will complicate investment in data driven innovation.

NEWSPublicerad: Trade Barriers block Swedish Export Success

Trade Barriers block Swedish Export Success

The world's best head protection gear for bicyclists is a unique Swedish invention that has a global innovation protection and saves lives. But the gear cannot be sold to consumers in the US. A free trade agreement would increase exports explosively.