EU companies: We share aligned interests with China

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China and European businesses in China share aligned interests, said Jacques de Boisséson, president of European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC), at a press conference today.

The chamber today released the "European Business in China Position Paper 2010/2011," suggesting that China should open its markets wider and assure a level playfield.

European enterprises can contribute to China's macro policy objectives, such as establishing an innovative society and reaching a more balanced growth model, Boisséson said, citing facts that support the assertion that the European Union is regarded the world's most innovative area and European companies wish to invest in research and development in China.

This year's position paper noted China has made significant progress in the field of market access. China has streamlined compulsory testing and certification for China Compulsory Certificate (CCC) and opened up the country's services sectors.

It also suggested that China should improve predictability and consistency in the implementation of rules and regulations and further increase policy consultation with relevant stakeholders.

"The chamber calls for concrete actions to confirm the recent positive trend toward openness and dialogue from Chinese authorities," Boisséson said.

Although it complained about China's regulated market and that many laws and regulations leave too much discretion for implementing authorities, the chamber emphasized that almost all of their members are confident that the Chinese market will continue to grow.

"We are confident that the renewed dialogue with the Chinese government will help to solve the issues," Boisséson said.

Regarding business disputes, he noted that European companies want to keep these problems strictly within a business level rather than to politicize them.

The paper included suggestions not only to Chinese authorities but also European authorities and companies because the members of the chamber are "overwhelmingly in China, for China and for the Chinese market."

Representing more than 1,400 member companies, the chamber's paper presents more than 380 recommendations to government authorities both in China and in the European Union.

By Qi Shuwen, People's Daily Online


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