While its survey showed "some encouraging signs" of recovery, UNICE
added that those must be strengthened by measures that enforce European competitiveness - which was being threatened by the rise of the euro against the dollar.
expresses particular interest in voluntary agreements, arguing that unilateral commitments by industry have already proved their effectiveness.
When asked by Europolitics to comment on UNICE
's statements, Catelene Passchier, confederal secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), was very surprised.
has put its finger on a real dilemma EU law-makers will face in the coming years.
This meeting has become a traditional fixture before each spring summit bringing together the social partners (UNICE
representing industry, CEEP speaking for public enterprises, UEAPME representing SMEs, and ETUC as the trade unions' voice), the Presidency of the European Union and the European commission.
The position paper released by the EU employers' organisation, UNICE
, is clear.
This was the conclusion drawn by the European employers' organisation UNICE
on the occasion of the publication of its spring economic forecasts on 13 March.
claims a real internal market for services could create up to 600,000 new jobs across the EU.
An agreement on the financial perspectives is necessary now, and it seems to be within reach: this is the message to Tony Blair from Ernest-Antoine Seilliere, President of UNICE
(Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe) on the eve of the EU summit on December 15 and 16.
"Contradictory signals are emerging from a country on which most hopes rest", said UNICE
advisor Jean-Paul Mingasson.
In a position statement recently sent to European institutions, industry lobby group UNICE
sets out its suggestions for the review of Directive 2003/87/EC which introduced the ETS and which expires in mid-2006.
oWe represent 70% of employers in Europe, UNICE
represents 30%o, he added.