Key Policy Files Discussed at the BritCham Strasbourg ‘Lite’ visit to the European Parliament

Oran O’Connor
14 June 2023 by
Oran O’Connor

Strasbourg, June 14, 2023 - This week, at the British Chamber of Commerce | EU & Belgium, we embarked on a successful visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, accompanied by a group of our members. The purpose of the visit was to engage in constructive dialogues with MEPs on key policy files. The tailored itinerary, known as the 'Strasbourg Lite' visit, offered a unique opportunity for the Chamber's members to interact with decision-makers and promote closer cooperation with the European Parliament.

The delegation's discussions covered a wide range of pressing topics that hold significant importance for the business community in the UK, Belgium and the entire European Union. Participating MEPs included Dragos Tudorache, Andrus Ansip, Marian-Jean Marinescu, Tsvetelina Penkova, Seán Kelly, Henna Virkkunen, Andreas Schieder, Pilar del Castillo, Assita Kanko, and Alfred Sant.

MEP Dragos Tudorache led the conversation on the highly anticipated Artificial Intelligence Act, while MEP Andrus Ansip shed light on the Green Claims Directive, an essential component of the EU's sustainability efforts. MEP Marian-Jean Marinescu provided valuable insights into the Single European Sky Framework, addressing critical airspace management and harmonization issues.

In addition, MEPs Tsvetelina Penkova and Seán Kelly jointly discussed the Net Zero Industry Act, which plays a crucial role in driving sustainable practices within the industrial sector. MEP Henna Virkkunen shared her expertise on the Cyber Resilience Act, addressing the increasing importance of safeguarding digital infrastructure and protecting against cyber threats.

Furthermore, MEP Andreas Schieder provided an overview of the Implementation Report of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK. The discussions also touched upon the Data Act, led by MEP Pilar del Castillo, and the Transfer of Funds Regulation, presented by MEP Assita Kanko. Finally, MEP Alfred Sant shed light on the EU Listing Act.

We want to express our gratitude to all the MEPs who actively participated in these insightful discussions, and to our members for their valuable contributions and engagement during the visit. The 'Strasbourg Lite' trip proved to be an exceptional platform for fostering closer ties and promoting open discussions between businesses and decision-makers.

Looking ahead, we eagerly anticipate our next trip to the European Parliament, scheduled for November. We encourage our members and stakeholders to stay informed, as more fruitful interactions are expected during this upcoming visit.

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