Published: March 22, 2012
Business organizations on both sides of the Atlantic, including Business Roundtable (BRT), released a statement urging government leaders to quickly strengthen the U.S.-EU economic relationship through the High-Level Working Group on Jobs and Growth.
“We … call upon our leaders to move swiftly to deepen the transatlantic economic and commercial relationship through ambitious trade, investment, and regulatory policy initiatives.”
“We believe that the Working Group provides an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen our economies, enhance the global competitiveness of our firms, and, in so doing, reinforce our joint capacity to maintain and modernize the rules-based international trading system which has benefited the global economy over the past 60 years.”
The joint statement was signed by 12 U.S. and European business organizations, including BRT. In February, BRT and the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue released a policy paper calling for a transatlantic partnership for the 21st century.
Click here to read the full joint statement.
Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with over $6 trillion in annual revenues and more than 14 million employees. BRT member companies comprise nearly a third of the total value of the U.S. stock market and invest more than $150 billion annually in research and development – nearly half of all private U.S. R&D spending. Our companies pay $163 billion in dividends to shareholders and generate an estimated $420 billion in sales for small and medium-sized businesses annually.
BRT companies give nearly $9 billion a year in combined charitable contributions.