EUROCHAMBRES is the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The association is one of the largest business representative organizations in Brussels, representing over 20 million companies through its network of 2000 Chambers of Commerce and Industry. It was established in 1958 as a direct response to the creation of the European Economic Community. Its aim is to represent the views and the needs of businesses of all sectors and sizes through its network of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The ultimate goal of EUROCHAMBRES is to lobby the EU institutions to improve the general conditions in which business operates.
Founded by the National Chamber Associations of six countries – Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany and France – today, EUROCHAMBRES represents 47 members in 45 countries, a network of 2,000 regional and local chambers with over 20 million member enterprises and 120,000,000 employees. Most of these enterprises (93 percent) are small and medium-sized (SMEs).
The mission of EUROCHAMBRES is to represent, serve and promote European Chambers of Commerce and Industry through strengthening the voice and position of European Chambers as significant, respected, valued influencers of EU affairs on all major economic issues, developing the participation of European Chambers in projects of value to business, delivering services to the members, and developing a European network of services for enterprises. Chambers represent the views and needs of businesses of all sizes and sectors, from self-employed freelancers to major multinationals.
Core Chamber activities every year:
1. Facilitators for the creation, growth and transfer of businesses
The Chamber network supports companies throughout their lifecycle from start-up, development, growth and beyond.
2. Key players in raising skills
European Chambers of Commerce and Industry play a pivotal role in the development and delivery of vocational education and training policy.
3. Leading role in the internationalization of companies
At all levels of the economy – local, regional, national and European – the Chamber network is a key player in supporting SMEs to go international. Every year, over one million companies benefit from chamber internationalization services, and 90,000 businesses participate in chamber trade missions. Abroad, bilateral chambers, European Chambers Abroad/European Business Organizations continue to develop, trying to look after European business interests in third countries.
4. Valued providers of innovation services
European Chambers play an important role in supporting innovation in businesses and ensuring effective alliances between the research community and the private sector.
5. Catalysts in improving energy efficiency
Thanks to their close daily contacts with the business community, Chambers act as a first port of call and catalyst in improving businesses’ energy efficiency.
EUROCHAMBRES wants to contribute to policy making at the EU level, raising the voice of the millions of businesses it represents in relation to all factors that determine businesses’ success or failure, including business conditions, market opportunities and access to resources.
In 2003 the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry became a member of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBRES). It is taking an active part in the activities of the organization. Cooperation between the Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Eurochambres aims to promote a dialogue between Belarusian and European business communities
Web site: www.eurochambres.be