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EU Policy – UK Business May 18, 2009

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eu-flagWith the European elections less than three weeks away Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is urging business leaders to consider the implications of EU legislation on UK business and the UK economy.

Liverpool Chamber’s Head of Policy, Maresa Molloy stated: “Business leaders need to be aware of the following key changes to UK legislation implemented by the European Parliament.”

  1. Agency Workers and the Working Time Directive
  2. Pregnant Workers
  3. Small Business Act. & 3a. European Company Statute
  4. Regulatory Reform
  5. Late Payment Directive
  6. Services Directive.
  7. EU Recovery Plan.

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Working Time Directive Poll Reminder September 30, 2008

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How do you feel about a change to the EU’s Working Time Directive?

The British Chambers of Commerce is asking the business community to vote on a poll they have set up. The deadline for your votes is fast approaching – as it closes this Friday 3rd October!

The directive lays out legislation to prevent workers from working too many hours in a week, how long breaks should be and how long holidays should be. The recent planned alterations to the directive include the option for workers to ‘opt out’ of the maximum 48 hour week and opt to work longer hours – some groups see this is a wrong move.

The British chambers of Commerce is asking for your view on the debate as the European Parliament will be looking at the EU Employment Council’s comprimise text next month and it is important that the British Chambers of Commerce has a clear view on members’ preferences.

To take the poll, visit the British Chambers of Commerce website by clicking here….

Run Brussels For A Day May 15, 2008

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On 14th October, over 800 business men and women from all over Europe will get the chance to take over the European Parliament hemicycle for an afternoon to debate and vote on issues that affect the day to day running of their business and the environment in which they operate.

The event will be opened by the Presidents of the three key EU institutions, namely Nicolas Sarkozy for the Council, Jose Manuel Barroso for the Commission and Hans Gert Poettering for the Parliament.

The afternoon will be divided into 3 sessions (international trade; sustainability; barriers to growth) at the end of which, Commissioners such as Gunter Verheugen and Charlie McCreevy and key MEPs will be asked to answer to the issues raised by the floor. A series of practical recommendations will then be voted on by the members and given to the press and EU leaders meeting in Brussels the next day.

The BCC has been allocated 73 seats in the hemicycle, in line with the number of MEPs that will represent the UK in the EP after the 2009 elections. These will be allocated to businesses on a first come first served basis and online registration will be available in early May.

If you’re interested or would like further information contact Esther Sumner on 0151 227 1234 # 2236 or email esther.sumner@liverpoolchamber.org.uk