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Press release | 6. March 2018

Quo vadis Europe?

What will happen to Europe if it is up to the economy? Where do the EU and the European domestic market show weaknesses from an entrepreneurial point of view? Which bureaucratic burdens must be reduced? How should European trade policy be structured in the future?

These and other questions were discussed by guests and panelists at the public panel discussion on February 22nd, 2018 at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) in Offenbach.

Beside Thomas Mann, Member of the European Parliament, CDU, Brussels, Richard Kühnel, Head of Representation of the European Commission in Germany, Berlin, Kirsten Schoder-Steinmüller, President of the Offenbach am Main Chamber of Industry and Commerce and CEO of Schoder GmbH, Langen and Daniel Röder, initiator of the citizens' movement "Pulse of Europe", Frankfurt, the Wiesbaden entrepreneur Andreas Becker (center), CEO of EPHY MESS GmbH and member of the IHK Foreign Trade Committee also took part in the event. The discussion was moderated by Christopher Gosau, German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), Brussels.

The event was hosted by the Offenbach am Main Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the DIHK, the IHKs Frankfurt am Main, Aschaffenburg, Hanau-Gelnhausen-Schlüchtern and Wiesbaden. This series of events was launched in Düsseldorf in mid-October 2017. Representatives of the European institutions in Brussels, together with entrepreneurs from the Rhine-Main region, discussed expectations and criticisms of EU legislation. Becker's appeal to the representatives of the EU institutions: "The subsidies for SMEs must be increased and made accessible with minimal bureaucracy.”

The results of this series will contribute to the "European political positions" of the IHK organization.


The full article in german language published by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Offenbach am Main can be read here:


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