Eurochambres' International Affairs Department wants to meet with AALEP to understand the network that we are currently developing in Brussels and beyond and better grasp and discuss our activities in our Action Plan. A meeting has been scheduled on 10 November 2011 with AALEP Chair.

Eurochambre's International Affairs Department focuses on relations between the EU and the rest of the world: how can European business remain competitive in the global economy and can EU policies and programmes contribute to that competitiveness. The Department addresses various "horizontal dossiers' such as WTO negotiations, the reform of the EU Customs policy, trade and security etc. In addition, a "regional focus' is being developed: EU relations with Latin America, the Gulf, ACP, Asia, Transatlantic Relations etc. For each region, a mix of policy and project work is developed by the team. Relations with counterparts around the world are coordinated through the Global Chamber Platform. The Global Chamber Platform (GCP) brings together the major national and trans-national Chamber organisations from the four corners of the globe and develops joint initiatives to facilitate economic cooperation and promote free trade initiatives.GCP members now include, in addition to EUROCHAMBRES and its member the Russian Federation Chamber, business organizations from Latin America, China, India, Iran, the Mediterranean countries and the African, Caribbean and Pacific region. Despite the fact that Business Dialogues and Fora have multiplied in the past years, this Platform is the only mechanism to foster global Chamber-to-Chamber relations. To sum up, the key objective of the GCP is to facilitate trade and market access internationally and to develop a coherent answer to the challenges of globalisation, by fully using the potential of  Chambers around the world. Finally, the Department also covers strategic dossiers such as the European Chambers abroad, the internationalization of SMEs and the EU enlargement process.  

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