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Date: 27/01/2015 - 27/01/2015
Where: BUSINESSEUROPE, Av. de Cortenbergh, 168, 1000 Brussels
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EU Business in China: Position Paper 2014/2015 - 12h00 - Brussels


We are pleased to invite you to the annual launch seminar of the “EU Business in China: Position Paper 2014/2015”, which will take place on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 12h00 at BUSINESSEUROPE, Av. de Cortenbergh, 168, 1000 Brussels.


This seminar is organised by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (European Chamber) in collaboration with BUSINESSEUROPE and the EU-China Business Association (EUCBA). On the day, the European Chamber will present its European Business in China Position Paper 2014/2015.



  • Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Trade, European Commission
  • Jörg Wuttke, President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China


This is the 15th edition of this annual publication which has grown in importance and stature to become a vital contribution from private business to the development of EU-China trade relations, and to improving the business environment for all EU companies in China.


During the last year, there have been a number of significant developments in China. The release of the Third Plenum’s Decision in 2013 has provided a framework for extensive reforms, with a key focus on rebalancing the economy and fostering sustainable drivers of growth. The current leadership has urged more progress on liberalizing interest rates, exchange rate and developing domestic capitals. There have been also statements from high-level officials calling for the monopoly of Chinese State-Owned banks to be broken in order to better serve the domestic financing needs. Another important development is the negotiations of the EU-China Investment Agreement which started in early 2014. European business in China are encouraged that a substantial improvement to pre-establishment national treatment conditions is on the table in these negotiations and is hopeful that China will use these agreements to promote greater international competition and cooperation in its marketplace through meaningful liberalisation. The direction that these developments will take will be critical for Europe’s mission for growth and the future success of European industry in both Europe and China.


The “EU Business in China: Position Paper 2014/2015” expresses the opinions of European business regarding the challenges of operating in the Chinese market. But it also wants to contribute by providing constructive recommendations on how China could move to a more balanced and sustainable economic model, while ensuring a level playing field for all companies, international and domestic, operating in China. Drawing on the industry knowledge and expertise of the European Chamber’s 1,700 member companies, this year’s Position Paper presents Chinese and European policy-makers with more than 600 key recommendations. The Paper will be presented to Chinese government and EU policy-makers with the aim of improving the investment climate in China.


Representatives from the European Chamber’s working groups and forums will also be on-hand to answer specific questions related to their industry sectors.


At this event, we will also have the honour of recently appointed Trade Commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, joining to deliver a speech on the current state of EU-China business and economic relations.



  • 12h00–13h00 — Registration and buffet lunch
  • 13h00–13h15 — Introduction 

by Mr Markus Beyrer, Director General,  BUSINESSEUROPE

  • 13h15–13h30 — Speech on EU-China business relations

by Ms Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade

  • 13h30–13h40 — Q&A
  • 13h40–14h10 — Presentation of the European Business in China Position Paper 2014/2015

by Mr Jörg Wuttke, President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

  • 14h10–14h25 — Q&A
  • 14h25–14h40 — Closing remarks

by Mr Stephen Phillips, Chairman, EU-China Business Association