4 October 2019, 10:00
On 17th and 18th September the CECE public affairs team accompanied a delegation of member companies’ representatives to Strasbourg during the Plenary Assembly. The CECE delegation met high-level MEPs of the 2019-2024 parliamentary term. The delegation was composed of representatives of Caterpillar, Volvo CE and Komatsu, the latter represented by the CECE President Enrico Prandini.
The Parliament plenary assemblies at the beginning of the term are an excellent opportunity for stakeholders like CECE to build relationships with the newly elected MEPs and strengthen the cooperation with the re-elected representatives. The same exercise was done earlier this year in July, where CECE had a total of 12 meetings scheduled with Members of key Parliamentary Committees. This time the meetings were held with high-level MEPs, i.e. Presidents of political groups, Chairs and vice-Chairs of parliamentary Committees, coordinators of political groups or rapporteurs of specific files, in the field of industry, internal market, trade and e-privacy.
During these many meetings, CECE presented on the one hand its priorities with regard to a number of files and policies which are key for our sector. On the other hand, this was a suitable opportunity for the CECE delegation to enquire about the next developments of a number of proposals mentioned in the programme of the new head of the European Commission, Ms Ursula Von der Leyen, notably in the field of environment, trade and industrial policy.
Most urgently, a key request for the European Parliament at the beginning of this mandate is to create an intergroup focused on the sustainability and competitiveness of the European Industry, for which several MEPs expressed their interest.
In the night of 17th September the CECE delegation attended a cocktail reception organised by the European Forum for Manufacturing (EFM) and co-sponsored by CECE, which saw the participation of several MEPs in a networking event, aimed at raising awareness on the importance of the manufacturing sector for Europe.
Source: CECE - Committee for European Construction Equipment