BusinessEurope is the leading advocate for growth and competitiveness at European level, standing up for companies across the continent and campaigning on the issues that most influence their performance. A recognised social partner, we speak for all-sized enterprises in 35 European countries whose national business federations are our direct members.

Priorities: growing out of the crisis – 5 steps to restore confidence

BusinessEurope and all its members urge to take all the necessary decisions without further delay to restore confidence and put Europe back on track. In its five-point plan ‘Growing out of the crisis’ BusinessEurope presents concrete measures to:

Safeguard the euro: All possible means must be used to safeguard the euro.

Improve public finances and speed up structural reforms: Only when businesses and households are sure that governments have fully committed to putting their public finances on a sustainable path, will they have the confidence to invest, recruit workers and increase consumption. Promote private investment: Europe needs a stronger investment and competitiveness agenda to build privet sector trust and confidence.

Unleash the single market: The single market adds EUR 600 a year to our economy. Since 1992 it has helped create almost 3 million new jobs across the EU, and benefited the broader European Economic Area.

Expand EU external trade: With almost 30 million EU jobs (more than 10% of the EU workforce) dependent upon export markets outside the EU, Europe needs to build a strong presence in expanding global markets.

This strategy will allow Europe to double its long-term annual growth rate from 1.25% to 2.5%. 



President of BusinessEurope

Vice Chairwoman and CEO of Marcegaglia S.p.A.

Global Business Coalition-BusinessEurope-Emma Marcegaglia-Europe

BusinessEurope President Emma Marcegaglia is also Vice Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of steel processing company Marcegaglia S.p.A.

Emma Marcegaglia is Vice Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Marcegaglia S.p.A., which is a leading group in steel processing, and of its controlled companies.

Ms Marcegaglia was President of Confindustria from May 2008 until May 2012 and President of Luiss Guido Carli University from July 2010.

Furthermore she is the President of Mita Resort, the company in charge of running the Forte Village touristic resort in Santa Margherita of Pula (Cagliari). She is also in the Board of Directors of the following companies: Bracco and Gabetti Property Solutions. Since June 2003 Emma Marcegaglia has been President of Arete Onlus Foundation for the support of the activities of Vita-Salute San Raffaele.

In the past she has held the following offices: President of Societa Turismo & Immobiliare, a joint venture, in equal shares, between Gabetti Property Solutions, Marcegaglia and Pirelli R.E. Vice President of Italia Turismo. Member of the Management Board of Banco Popolare of Italcementi and Indesit Company, Member of the Board of Directors of Finecobank.

She has been Vice President of Confindustria, with a proxy for infrastructures, energy, transport and environment from May 2004 until May 2008 and Italian Representative in the High Level Group for energy, competitiveness, and environment created by the European Commission. She has been Vice President of Confindustria for Europe from 2000 until 2002, National President of Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs from 1996 till 2000, President of YES (Young Entrepreneurs for Europe) from 1997 till 2000, National Vice President of Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs from 1994 till 1996.

Born in Mantua in 1965, Emma Marcegaglia holds a Degree in Business Administration, with first class honours, at the Bocconi University in Milano. She has later attended the postgraduate Master in Business Administration at the University of New York. She has been awarded and named “Bocconiana dell’anno” (Best Bocconi student of the year) for the year 1996.