Hundreds of business people from all over Europe
joined UNICE's call to demonstrate for a competitive Europe
at the second Competitiveness Day, on 9 December 2004
, in the Brussels European Parliament Hemicyle. European business demonstrated for economic reform and a competitive Europe
and urged politicians at European and national level to implement the Lisbon Strategy.
Under the Chairmanship of UNICE President Jόrgen Strube, UNICE’s message was delivered to high-level political decisions –makers included the President of the European Parliament Josep Borrell, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Dutch Minister of Economics Laurens Jan Brinkhorst, and ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet.
In several presentations and panel discussions, European business leaders such as Vivendi-Chairman and President of ICC Jean-René Fourtou, President of Confindustria, FIAT and Ferrari Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, TPG CEO Peter Bakker, BDA President Dieter Hundt, SEV President Ulysses Kyriacopoulos, Procter & Gamble Group President Europe Paul Polman and Arcelor CEO Guy Dollé emphasised the need for ambitious steps to reach the Lisbon objectives.
The UNICE President Mr. Strube concluded: “The European business community believes in the European Union. This is the reason why so many of us have come today to the capital of the EU. European companies have the potential to produce a world-class performance if they are allowed to do so. Given the right conditions, and with determination on all sides, Europe’s economy can also produce a winning performance and PLAY TO WIN.”
Ulysses Kyriacopoulos, President of SEV and UNICE VP:
“In order to improve European business competitiveness and the prospects of growth we must now “systematically deregulate” our regulatory environment”
The President of the Federation of Greek Industries and one of the Vice-Presidents of UNICE Mr. Ulysses Kyriacopoulos, addressed the event, participating at the first session entitled: “Is a conductive environment for business in place;”.
Mr. Kyriacopoulos, stressed, amongst others issues, that “Europe is still competitive in high value added, high product quality goods. However if we do not succeed in Europe to change the regulatory environment, make the necessary reforms, enhance our investment in R&D and improve our ability to innovate it will soon be uncompetitive to manufacture in Europe”. And the President of SEV and UNICE VP concluded: “The integration of the European world has created ample new space for growth and development. However we all recognize that our previous governance model has reached its limits. As business people we know well that we need to refocus our efforts and make the necessary adaptations and improvements. We need a simplified, clear, leaner and more stable regulatory environment.
A business environment whose rational and minimum requirements any business executive can predict with minimum uncertainty and fulfil with minimal compliance costs. Deregulation can greatly contribute to achieving our Lisbon objectives. We need regulation that will support and not hinder companies to turn innovation into profitable products. We need open and liberalized markets that operate efficiently promote competition and reward successful initiatives”.
For further information, please download here:
-the full speech of Mr. Ulysses Kyriacopoulos at the 2nd Competitiveness Day.
- the UNICE Competitiveness Day publication PLAY TO WIN!.