Confederation of European Business

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.

Confederation of European Business
Region served
European Union
Pierre Gattaz
Director General
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] and represents 20 million companies through its member trade associations in 35 European countries.


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

  Members in countries outside the European Union
Country Organisation(s)
 AustriaFederation of Austrian Industries
 BelgiumFederation of Belgian Enterprises
 BulgariaBulgarian Industrial Association – Union of the Bulgarian Business
 Switzerland Économiesuisse
Schweizerischer Arbeitgeberverband
 CyprusCyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation
 Czech RepublicConfederation 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
 EstoniaEstonian Employers' Confederation
 SpainSpanish Confederation of Employers' Organizations
 FinlandConfederation of Finnish Industries
 FranceMouvement des Entreprises de France
 GreeceHellenic Federation of Enterprises
 CroatiaHrvatska Udruga Poslodavaca
 HungaryConfederation of Hungarian Employers and Industrialists
 IrelandIrish Business and Employers Confederation
 Iceland The Federation of Icelandic Industries
Confederation of Icelandic Employers
 ItalyGeneral Confederation of Italian Industry
 LithuaniaLietuvos pramonininku konfederacija
 LuxembourgBusiness Federation Luxembourg
 LatviaEmployers' Confederation of Latvia
 MontenegroMontenegrin Employers Federation
 MaltaThe Malta Chamber of Commerce Enterprise
 NetherlandsConfederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers
 NorwayConfederation of Norwegian Enterprise
 PolandPolish Confederation Lewiatan
 Portugal Confederação da Indústria Portuguesa
 SerbiaUnija poslodavaca Srbije
 SloveniaAssociation of Employers of Slovenia
 SlovakiaNational Union of Employers (Slovakia)
 San MarinoAssociazione Nazionale dell'Industria Sammarinese
 SwedenConfederation of Swedish Enterprise
 Turkey Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association
Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations
 United KingdomConfederation of British Industry

See also


  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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