CEO Alliance Sherpas gathered for the second in-person Sherpa workshop of the year, which took place in Brussels on 28 November 2023.
Member company representatives provided updates on the status of the joint projects, continued the work on policy, exchanged views with external speakers from two of the largest European political parties, and discussed plans and activities of the Alliance for 2024 and beyond.
With a view on the upcoming European elections in 2024, Sherpas had the pleasure to hear from representatives directly involved in the drafting of the political manifestos of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE). The CEO Alliance took this opportunity to reiterate the key message from the letter it sent to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen ahead of the 2023 State of the Union, namely to not backtrack on the ambition and on what has been achieved in the European Green Deal.
Regarding policy, the group held a constructive session on the upcoming policy paper on digitalization and the Green Deal, which led to identifying macro areas the paper should cover and policy asks it will include. The work will now continue at Sherpa and subject matter expert level, with a view of finalizing the policy paper in the coming weeks. Sherpas agreed on a set of action points, and look forward to reconvening at the winter CEOs meeting, taking place in Malmö and Copenhagen on 2 February 2024.
About the CEO Alliance: We are a cross-sector action tank consisting of 12 leading European companies representing key industry sectors, with ~1.6 million employees and ~EUR 560 billion annual revenue. We use our broad platform to make decarbonization of European industry happen. In spite of the challenging times we firmly believe that the only way forward for a competitive, prosperous, resilient and sustainable Europe is an acceleration of the transition to green energy and technology. Further information about our work is available on our website, www.ceo-alliance.eu.