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Energy Transition & Climate Change

ERT Statement on Sectoral Approaches

Sectoral Roadmaps to Net-Zero Emissions enhance the European Climate Law as a framework to invest in climate neutrality

ERT’s 57 Chief Executives and Chairs of leading multinational companies of European parentage, covering a wide range of industrial and technological sectors, fully support the EU Climate Law’s target to reach climate neutrality by...

Strengthening Europe’s Place in the World

ERT launches podcast series “21st Century Industrialists”

  BRUSSELS, 8 FEBRUARY 2021: The European Round Table for Industry (ERT), today launches a podcast entitled 21st Century Industrialists, a series of one-to-one interviews with the leaders some of Europe’s best known indust...

Competition Policy

ERT Expert Paper – Competition Policy contributing to the Green Deal

How can we ensure alignment between EU Competition Policy and the European Green Deal?

The Working Group on Competition Policy of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) welcomes the reflection on the relationship between competition policy and the Green Deal and strongly believes that competition law should be ...

Energy Transition & Climate Change

Europe’s industrial leaders voice their support for EU climate goals and share ideas to empower transition

To achieve the green & digital transitions, alignment of major strands of energy politics and industrial competitiveness will be needed

  Support of European industrialists comes during a critical week for the EU as a 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target is on agenda of EU Summit ERT’s endorsement of the Green Deal net-zero target is a strong signal f...

Digital Transformation

Schrems II: Impact Survey Report – November 2020

What is the economic impact of #SchremsII judgement on companies?

ACEA, BusinessEurope, DigtialEurope and ERT conducted a survey of businesses of all sizes and sectors across Europe to understand the impact of #Schrems2 on data transfers to the rest of the world....

  • Press Release, Publication

Corporate leaders in Europe look ahead with cautious optimism

...and renewed faith in globalisation

Despite a strong resurgence of COVID-19 infections across the continent in September and October, industrial leaders in Europe are cautiously optimistic about business prospects as the new year approaches. The Conference Board ...

Trade & Market Access

ERT Expert Paper on the EU’s Trade Policy Review

In this Expert paper, ERT addresses the following aspects of the EU's Trade Policy:

Building more resilience in an increasingly complex world Safeguarding the rules-based multilateral trading system Fostering bilateral trade relations and increasing market access Delivering a global level playing field ...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Industrial leaders call out lack of implementation of the EU Industrial Strategy

ERT reiterates urgent need for implementation of EU Industrial Strategy and proposes 28 Key Performance Indicators to measure progress

BRUSSELS, 4 November 2020: Against a backdrop of increasing volatility in global trade, a cross-section of leaders¹ from some of Europe’s biggest multi-national companies issued a vehement call this morning for a more effective im...

Competition Policy

ERT Expert Paper on the review of Market Definition

Market Definition Notice review The review of the 1997 Market Definition Notice is a timely initiative, especially because the pace of change in many markets has accelerated rapidly in recent years. ERT encourages the Commis...

Competition Policy

ERT Expert Paper on the White Paper on Foreign Subsidies

White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies European companies are increasingly faced with competition from companies outside the EU that benefit from State support but that are not subject to the sa...

Competition Policy

ERT Expert Paper responding to the EC consultation on the New Competition Tool

ERT strongly believes in competition policy and enforcement to secure fairer markets as well as strong competition and welcomes the EU’s efforts to explore how competition policy could evolve to reflect changing global market cond...

Jobs, Skills & Impact

ERT launches new toolkit to promote knowledge exchange in Inclusion & Diversity

Compendium & campaign bring together 25 initiatives by 20 companies

  The European Round Table for Industry (ERT) today releases a new toolkit of case studies to promote Inclusion & Diversity (I&D) from some of European industry’s biggest and best known brands, led by ERT Members. ...

Strengthening Europe’s Place in the World

ERT Letter to the President of the EU & EU-27 in advance of the EU Council Meeting (September 2020)

Letter of support as European leaders meet at a Special European Council

In the run-up to a Special European Council, ERT has written to Chancellor Merkel (as leader of the country currently holding the Presidency of the EU Council) and to all of the Heads of EU Member States stating its position of th...

Digital Transformation

Latest analysis of 5G roll-out in Europe reveals slow progress

Deployment of 5G in Europe is being outpaced by other regions

  BRUSSELS, 18 SEPTEMBER 2020: As agitated geopolitics and disinformation cast a shadow on the deployment of 5G technology in various countries, the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) today releases an Assessment pape...

Jobs, Skills & Impact

Reskilling in European Industry

Preparing the workforce for tomorrow

Skills and jobs are essential to develop a more inclusive, resilient and competitive society. In Europe, this has been acknowledged for many years - solidarity and social cohesion being key European values. Significant investment...

Strengthening Europe’s Place in the World

European industrial leaders support the Next Generation EU recovery plan

As many European countries move to gradually reopen their economies, European corporate leaders today announced their support for European Commission (EC) President von der Leyen’s Next Generation EU recovery plan¹ unveiled recent...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Top European corporate leaders hopeful of post-COVID rebound, but do not expect V-shaped recovery

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, ERT released the results of a economic confidence survey of its Members for H1 2020.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the results of a new survey of the leaders of some of Europe’s biggest industrial and technology companies released today, reveal new insights into the current levels of economic confidence and th...

Digital Transformation

ERT Position on Cybersecurity

For the European economy to flourish in the digital era, an aligned & robust approach to Cybersecurity is a prerequisite.

With the increasing digitalisation of business, cybersecurity risks will intensify, placing constraints on the future development of Europe. Governments, citizens and industry all have a role to play in managing risks and building...

Trade & Market Access

ERT Position on WTO Reform

The WTO is fundamental as the backbone of the rules-based multilateral trade system and a guarantor for stability in trade relations.

As Europe and the wider world grapple with the slowdown in globalisation and increasingly volatile geopolitics, ERT stresses that the World Trade Organisation (WTO) must remain the core instrument for global trade rulemaking and d...

Strengthening Europe’s Place in the World

European industry playing a vital role in the fight against COVID-19

As the world grapples with the challenges of containing the COVID-19 outbreak and treating those already affected, some of the Europe’s best known multinationals have been actively engaged – donating medical resources and more, br...

Digital Transformation

ERT Position on the Regulatory Framework for 5G

If Europe is to achieve the European Commission’s ambition of becoming “fit for the digital age”, ERT believes that faster and more effective action is needed, to drive digital transformation and overcome hurdles in infrastructure...

Jobs, Skills & Impact

Voluntary Targets 2020 Report on Women in Leadership Positions

Rising numbers of women in leadership roles in European industry, but more momentum needed

The European Round Table for Industry (ERT) has published updated figures for voluntary targets for women in leadership roles, set by 35 of its Member companies, together with a report on their progress towards achieving these tar...

Competitiveness & Innovation

ERT & BusinessEurope Letter to Commissioner Breton

In view of the imminent launch of the new EU industrial strategy, we would like to stress the importance of upgrading the governance around the competitiveness of European industry. That is essential because, as you know very well...

Competitiveness & Innovation

ERT Letter to the Competitiveness Council of the European Union

RE: Letter to the Council on the future of the EU’s competitiveness

Dear Minister, Ahead of the expected adoption by the European Commission on 10 March of its Communication on a “New Industrial Strategy for Europe”, the timing is right to emphasise that the global competitiveness of European c...

Strengthening Europe’s Place in the World

Letter from ERT to EU Heads of State and the Presidents of the EU institutions

Regarding the European Council meeting on 20 February - the EU needs an ambitious, modern and future-oriented Multi-Annual Financial Framework

LETTER FROM ERT Signed by Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chair ERT and Chair, AB Volvo Co-signed by Ben Feringa, Winner of a Nobel Prize for Chemistry Two decades into the 21st century, the political and economic challenges we fac...

Competition Policy

ERT response to the public consultation on EU competition rules on Horizontal Agreements

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the public consultation on EU competition rules on horizontal agreements. ERT considers that EU competition rules (including the rules on horizontal cooperation) should be considere...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Europe’s Industrial Leaders call for urgent action as new report shows Europe falling behind globally

Industry leaders want to work with new EU leadership to deliver for citizens

BRUSSELS, 09 December 2019 – The leaders of Europe’s biggest multi-national companies have united to call for an ambitious new industrial strategy to put the region at the forefront of efforts to tackle the major challenges of the...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Turning Global Challenges into Opportunities

As we welcome a new decade, Europe is facing an increasingly complex geopolitical world as it moves towards a climate-neutral and digital society. Externally, the fabric of diplomacy is shifting and once rock-solid partnerships ar...

Competitiveness & Innovation

European Competitiveness and Industry – Benchmarking Report 2019

European Competitiveness and Industry

As we prepare to enter a new decade, the European economy is facing difficult times. The global economic environment is becoming weaker. World trade growth is diminishing and economic ripples from trade and geopolitical conflicts ...

Energy Transition & Climate Change

European industry embraces climate neutrality and is ready to act on an ambitious but balanced Green Deal

Op-ed by Dimitri Papalexopoulos, Chair of ERT Energy Transition & Climate Change Committee

COP25 is currently taking place in Madrid. The US has started the process of formally withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, against a backdrop of mounting evidence of the impact of climate change and growing acknowledgement from m...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Economic Confidence Survey – Autumn 2019

Economic confidence diminishing at Europe’s largest businesses, with competitiveness a major concern

Economic confidence among Europe’s largest industrial firms is falling amid geopolitical uncertainty and concern over the implications of international trade tensions - underlining the need for the new European Commission to take ...

Strengthening Europe’s Place in the World

President Macron, Chancellor Merkel and President-elect von der Leyen meet ERT delegation in Toulouse

TOULOUSE - President Macron, Chancellor Merkel, European Commission President-elect von der Leyen and Members of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) met in Toulouse today to discuss the best ways to enable a renewed long-t...

  • Press Release

Robert O’Meara appointed to new Communications role at ERT

ERT announces the latest addition to its secretariat – Robert O’Meara has been appointed to the newly created role of Communications Director. ERT brings together CEOs and Chairs of Europe’s largest industrial companies, in sup...

Energy Transition & Climate Change

Call for urgent action on international co-operation under the Paris Agreement to deliver climate neutrality

A clear political framework has emerged: achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and the journey to net zero emissions1 will be one of significant change. Co-operation between countries is vital to deliver climate neutrality sw...

  • Press Release

European Business Leaders call for an EU Competition Policy fit for the global stage

BRUSSELS, 07 October 2019 - Leaders of some of Europe’s largest employers have today called for an EU competition policy which would allow European businesses to compete successfully at scale in today’s globalised and fast-moving ...

Competition Policy

Competing at Scale: EU Competition Policy fit for the Global Stage

Leaders of some of Europe’s largest employers have today called for an EU competition policy which would allow European businesses to compete successfully at scale in today’s globalised and fast-moving economy. Measures would i...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Joint Statement for an ambitious Horizon Europe Programme

Research and Innovation

Building on our Joint Letter with Nobel laureates (click here), ERT and 90+ European associations representing key European research & innovation stakeholders, urge the EU Institutions to make research, development and innovat...

Finance & Tax

Letter from ERT to Commissioner Pierre Moscovici

Dialogue with the European Commission

ERT encourages the European Commission to improve the competitiveness of the EU fiscal system and work towards the following policy targets: • Efficient and predictable tax systems • Easing the administrative burden to front t...

Finance & Tax

Establishing a framework to facilitate Sustainable Investment (Taxonomy)

Position Paper on Proposal for Regulation

ERT shares the European Commission’s view that meeting the Paris Agreement commitments and Europe’s 2030 climate goals will require huge, transformative investments by both the private and public sectors. ERT therefore welcomes ...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Economic Confidence Survey – Spring 2019

Delivering 5G and support for new technologies must be top priority for new Commission say Europe’s largest businesses

The new European Commission should prioritise digitalisation and completing the delivery of 5G networks, say Europe’s largest businesses. As European leaders prepare to discuss the composition of the new Commission at this week...

Strengthening Europe’s Place in the World

Strengthening Europe’s place in the world

Business leaders' pledges and policy priorities for a stronger Europe

Europe needs to take urgent action to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, including tackling climate change and preparing citizens for massive technological developments. ERT's paper, Strengthening Europe’s Place in t...

Trade & Market Access

Business leaders from U.S., Europe and Japan support a revitalized multilateral trade system

Washington, Brussels, Tokyo - In a joint statement, the U.S.-based Business Roundtable (BRT), the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) and KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation) shared their support for the trilateral effor...

Jobs, Skills & Impact

European companies increase number of women in leadership roles and continue action

Check the targets and figures from 36 European companies

The 2019 edition of ERT's report on "Voluntary targets for women in leadership positions" contains figures from 36 leading industrial companies of European origin. The figures show that companies’ initiatives are enabling more ...

Competition Policy

Shaping Competition Policy in the Era of Digitisation

Response to the Commission’s call for contributions on “Shaping competition policy in the era of digitisation”

In the digital economy, business models are focused on ecosystems of platforms. The amount of data that can now be processed and the power of algorithms can bring great benefits to society but may also change the dynamics of compe...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Nobel laureates and business leaders urge for investment in EU research & innovation

Call for a minimum investment of €120 billion in Horizon Europe to maintain momentum

More than 20 Nobel Prize laureates and other international award winners have joined with over 40 leaders of Europe’s largest companies to urge political leaders across the EU to support an ambitious European research and innovati...

Energy Transition & Climate Change

International cooperation to deliver on the Paris goals

Agreement on article 6 at COP24 is essential for developing a global carbon emissions market

The upcoming international climate negotiations at COP24 in Katowice are a critical milestone towards limiting global temperature rise to well below 2°C through agreeing the rules underpinning the Paris Agreement. Ach...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Economic Confidence Survey – Autumn 2018

Business outlook more cautious amidst economic uncertainties

Brussels, 23 November 2018 – The ERT Industrial Confidence Index (ICI)[1]fell compared to 6 months ago but remains in positive territory, amidst increased uncertainties related to Brexit and global trade. The ICI meas...

Jobs, Skills & Impact

European business leaders commit to inclusion and diversity pledge


More than fifty business leaders of some of Europe’s largest companies have today signed up to the first pan-European commitment of its kind, to promote inclusion and diversity in the workplace. This pledge highlights the suppo...

Trade & Market Access

Time is tight to avoid a no-deal Brexit

ERT meets UK Prime Minister Theresa May

We appreciate today’s exchange with Prime Minister Theresa May on the status of the Brexit negotiations. The European Round Table of Industrialists continues to support both the EU and the UK in finding an agreement. We are concer...

  • Press Release

Frank Heemskerk appointed Secretary General of the European Round Table of Industrialists

The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) has appointed Frank Heemskerk as ERT Secretary General with effect from 1 January 2019. He will take over from Brian Ager who will retire in January after 8 years in the role. Fr...

Finance & Tax

ERT position on Sustainable Finance

Initial Position paper on EU Taxonomy

ERT Member companies are ready to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Climate action has become part of their strategic business agenda, which was demonstrated by various case studies in ERT’s “Naturally activ...

  • Press Release

Chancellor Merkel, President Macron and President Juncker meet the European Round Table of Industrialists

Chancellor Merkel, President Macron, European Commission President Juncker and Members of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) met today at Schloss Meseberg near Berlin. ERT, whose Members include some of Europe’s l...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Economic Confidence Survey – Spring 2018

European business leaders remain positive on the global business outlook and support multilateral trade negotiations

The second Economic Confidence Survey commissioned by the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) shows that Europe’s business leaders remain positive. The general business outlook slightly increased compared to October 2017,...

Trade & Market Access

European business leaders urge for transatlantic dialogue on trade

The European Round Table deeply regrets the decision of the US administration to impose new tariffs on European steel and aluminium manufacturers. These duties will not only damage world trade, they will disrupt supply chains and ...

  • Press Release

Carl-Henric Svanberg appointed Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists

Carl-Henric Svanberg, current Chairman of BP and AB Volvo, has been appointed Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). Carl-Henric, a Member of the ERT since 2010, is one of Europe’s most experienced and re...

Trade & Market Access

Cross-border data flows in trade agreements

In order to harness the opportunities of digitisation and enhance European competitiveness, European companies rely on the ability to move data across borders through their global networks and operations. National restrictions ...

Industry Changemakers

New online platform on European industry’s value to society

For many decades Europe has been a global force for economic prosperity, social progress and environmental protection. Built on a unique foundation of norms and values such as respect for individual freedoms, security, social cohe...

Strengthening Europe’s Place in the World

Why Europe matters to youth

Concise outcome of the survey and the national workshops

ERT partners with JA Europe to reach out to young people, inviting their opinions on issues they care about, such as employment, and encouraging them to engage in the political process. “Why Europe Matters” is a call for action: i...

Finance & Tax

Towards modernised rules on corporate taxation

Dialogue with the European Parliament and the Commission

The Members of the European Round Table for Industry have sent a letter to Pierre Moscovici, the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, and Paul Tang, MEP to welcome the opportunity of starting a dialogue on how to achie...

Jobs, Skills & Impact

More women in leadership positions

Still room for improvement

The 2018 edition of this annual report contains voluntary targets for women in leadership positions set by 34 ERT Member companies, together with figures on progress towards achieving these targets. The report demonst...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Benchmarking Report 2017

European Competitiveness and Industry

The ERT Benchmarking Report presents with key figures a comprehensive overview of the main policy issues followed by industry leaders. This new edition highlights with more than 70 charts and maps that Europe must become more o...

Digital Transformation

Smart Cities

Advancing the deployment of technology solutions to make Europe’s cities smart, safe, healthy and sustainable

Cities are fascinating. They tell all the stories about the development of humanity, civilisation, and innovation through the millennia of time. Today, it is estimated that by 2050, 66% of the world population will be urban (up fr...

Competitiveness & Innovation

ERT Position on Research & Innovation

This position paper outlines the ERT views on research and innovation in the context of the ongoing debates on the future Framework Programme and EU industrial policy. It also provides comments on the report “LAB – FAB – APP In...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Economic Confidence Survey – Autumn 2017

Leading European CEOs positive on global business outlook, but concerned about Brexit

Major European-based companies are positive about the global business outlook, according to a new survey commissioned by the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT). The first ever ERT CEO Economic Confidence Survey, conducte...

Digital Transformation

Proposal for an ePrivacy Regulation

Call for a better alignment of the ePrivacy proposal with the GDPR

The reform of the current ePrivacy Directive, as one of the key initiatives of the Digital Single Market strategy, is of utmost importance for ERT Members. We are however concerned about the very restrictive approach towards da...

Energy Transition & Climate Change

Naturally active for the climate

Leading European companies contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement

Action against climate change has become embedded in the European business agenda, demonstrates this report. Released ahead of the international climate negotiations at COP23 in Bonn, the report illustrates how 30 leading multinat...

Energy Transition & Climate Change

“Clean Energy for All” package

ERT supports a holistic approach that integrates security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness

The European Commission’s "Clean Energy for All Package" is a welcome and key step forward in ensuring the transition towards a more secure, clean and competitive energy market in the European Union. ERT supports the package’s thr...

Jobs, Skills & Impact

Building and transforming skills for a digital world

Preparing for a new digital world

The ongoing digitisation of society and business enables new ways of living, producing and consuming. Some speak of a Fourth Industrial Revolution as new technologies disrupt current business models and offer opportunities. To ...

Trade & Market Access

Europe’s top industrialists hail EU-Japan trade deal

The European Round Table of Industrialists has praised today's EU-Japan outline trade deal as a boost for open, fair and free trade at a time of concern over the rise in protectionism. The ERT brings together more than 50 Chief Ex...

Competition Policy

Best practices in international merger control

ERT Member companies surveyed to identify best practice

ERT conducted a consultation exercise among its Member companies in October/November 2016 in order to gather feedback on their experiences of merger control internationally. This feedback has been distilled into a number of rec...

Digital Transformation

Building the European Data Economy

ERT welcomes the European Commission’s Communication on Building the European Data Economy, which constitutes one of the final deliverables announced in the Digital Single Market Strategy in May 2015. As stated in the Commissio...

Strengthening Europe’s Place in the World

Launch initiative “Why Europe Matters” for youth

New project to re-engage young people on why Europe matters

Europe will only overcome the current political crisis if the next generation of Europeans cares about the EU and is ready to engage to further advance the European project. A major new initiative labelled ‘Why Europe Matte...

Jobs, Skills & Impact

European companies take action to increase number of women in leadership roles

New reports on "Women in Leadership Positions" and "Key Initiatives to promote Women along the Talent Pipeline"

The 2017 edition of this annual report contains voluntary targets for women in leadership positions set by 31 ERT Member companies, together with figures on progress towards achieving these targets. This year, ERT als...

Competitiveness & Innovation

Benchmarking Report 2016

A glance at the competitiveness of Europe and its industries

The 2016 edition of the ERT Benchmarking Report presents a comprehensive grading of Europe in the global context in terms of competitiveness, trade and investment, innovation, digital economy, energy and climate, employment and sk...