2nd January 2015

Economic Policy: European Council approves the €315 billion-worth investment plan

Meeting on 18 December in Brussels, heads of state or government of the EU Member States held a discussion on two major issues the EU is facing. Firstly, the leaders discussed measures to support investment and economic growth. In this context, the presidents and prime ministers welcomed the investment plan presented in November 2014 by the new Juncker Commission and called for immediate implementation of all necessary measures so that first projects may be carried out in mid-2015. To support economic growth, the leaders called on the Commission to continue working on the energy union and on the digital single market. Also, broader efforts to eliminate the still-existing trade barriers on the single market are needed, the European Council concluded. The leaders would like to see TTIP negotiations concluded by the end of 2015. The meeting´s conclusions also mention the fight against tax evasion and economic coordination in the eurozone.

Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic