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Welcome to the website of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) for the Belgian EU-Presidency which started on the 1st of July.

Our country holds the Presidency at a crucial moment in the history of the European Union. A program to restore the confidence in the euro together with long term measures is of paramount importance of the EU. Postponing structural measures could have expensive and painful consequences. In a fast changing world Europe has to make its economy more competitive and more flexible. This is the only guarantee to keep our European way of life sustainable.

This site informs you about FEB’s priorities and viewpoints, as well about the important events our Federation organizes and on its publications.

Rudi Thomaes, CEO FEB and Thomas Leysen, President FEB 


23 countries reach breakthrough on single EU patent
Left: Commissioner Michel BARNIER - Right: Mr Vincent VAN QUICKENBORNE, Belgian Minister for Enterprise and Simplification - Presidency (The Council of the European Union ○) On December 10, at the EU Competitiveness Council, 11 member states have formally requested the European Commission to draft a proposal based on the most recent compromise to create an EU patent in English, German and French...
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ECB chief Trichet calls on creation of budgetary union to save monetary union

European Central Bank (ECB) director Jean-Claude Trichet (click to enlarge)Speaking at a meeting of the EU Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee on November 30, European Central Bank (ECB) director Jean-Claude Trichet called on EU leaders to centralise their budgetary policies at EU level in order to save the single currency...
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First-reading agreement reached between Council and Parliament on review of RoHS directive

Plenary session 24.11.2010, European Parliament (click to enlarge)On November 24, the European Parliament voted in favour of an agreement struck with the Council on a review of the directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS directive)...
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EU-IMF and Ireland agree on €90 billion bail-out package

On Sunday, November 21, the Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen, confirmed his government had asked for an EU-IMF financial assistance package to save the country’s ailing banking sector. After a short negotiation session between Ireland and the troika of the EU, the ECB and the IMF, the EU finance ministers gave the green light for the package of up to €90 billion...
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“By 2015, 90% of global economic growth will be generated outside the EU”

European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht, and Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Steven Vanackere.On November 18, the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) organized, in cooperation with the Belgian Presidency, a seminar on market access for European business. Keynote speakers included European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht, and Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Steven Vanackere...
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Newsletter Belgian EU Presidency: High expectations for the Commission’s upcoming Single Market Act!

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FEB newsletter Belgian EU Presidency

The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union comes at an end. An excellent opportunity to outline its major achievements relevant for the business world...

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Calendar: upcoming events of the Belgian Presidency of the European Union





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