Confederation of European Business

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Confederation of European Business
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Region served
European Union
Pierre Gattaz
Director General
Markus J. Beyrer

The Confederation of European Business, shortened BusinessEurope, is a lobby group representing enterprises of all sizes in the European Union (EU) and six non-EU European countries. Members of the confederation are 40 national industry and employers' organizations. The current president of the confederation is Pierre Gattaz, while the Director General is Markus J. Beyrer.

Based in Brussels, the confederation is officially recognised as a social partner at European level, is involved in a range of economic and social decisions and cooperates with a number of stakeholders and business partners. It promotes the interests of corporate citizens to ensure that public policy supports the European economy. It is generally considered the strongest interest organisation in Brussels[1].


In 2014, Unilever terminated its membership in BusinessEurope's Advisory and Support Group, because it opposed the organisation's stance on carbon dioxide emissions.[2][3]


The association is led by a president. In the past, the following persons used to hold this office:[4][5]

BusinessEurope is administrated by a director general. Markus J. Beyrer has been holding this position since 2013.[6]


The Confederation of European Business organises the annual BusinessEurope Day and European Business Summit in Brussels.

Member organisations[edit]

  Members in countries outside the European Union
Country Organisation(s)
 Austria Federation of Austrian Industries
 Belgium Federation of Belgian Enterprises
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Industrial Association – Union of the Bulgarian Business
 Switzerland Économiesuisse
Schweizerischer Arbeitgeberverband
 Cyprus Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation
 Czech Republic Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic
 Germany Federation of German Industries
Confederation of German Employers' Associations
 Denmark Confederation of Danish Industries
Confederation of Danish Employers
 Estonia Estonian Employers' Confederation
 Spain Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations
 Finland Confederation of Finnish Industries
 France Mouvement des Entreprises de France
 Greece Hellenic Federation of Enterprises
 Croatia Hrvatska Udruga Poslodavaca
 Hungary Confederation of Hungarian Employers and Industrialists
 Ireland Irish Business and Employers Confederation
 Iceland The Federation of Icelandic Industries
Confederation of Icelandic Employers
 Italy General Confederation of Italian Industry
 Lithuania Lietuvos pramonininku konfederacija
 Luxembourg Business Federation Luxembourg
 Latvia Employers' Confederation of Latvia
 Montenegro Montenegrin Employers Federation
 Malta The Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise
 Netherlands Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers
 Norway Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise
 Poland Polish Confederation Lewiatan
 Portugal Confederação da Indústria Portuguesa
 Romania Concordia
 Serbia Unija poslodavaca Srbije
 Slovenia Association of Employers of Slovenia
 Slovakia National Union of Employers (Slovakia)
 San Marino Associazione Nazionale dell'Industria Sammarinese
 Sweden Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
 Turkey Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association
Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations
 United Kingdom Confederation of British Industry

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2015-02-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "History of the organisation". Business Europe. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Jürgen Thumann wird EU-Lobbyist". Handelsblatt (in German). 29 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Ex-HP-Vorstand Rudolf Kemler wird ÖIAG-Chef". Die Presse (in German). 7 September 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2016.

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