EU has a significant impact on the operating environment of companies
Approximately 70 percent of business legislation comes from the EU, and the majority of EU legislation has an impact on business activities.
EK makes sure that the views of Finnish companies are heard on the EU level. EK monitors and influences EU projects related to business activities. In addition to an office in Brussels, EK has approximately 130 experts who are responsible for influencing the EU within their own areas of expertise.
- maintains regular contacts with all EU institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union)
- offers its expertise on the Finnish business environment to decision-makers on the EU-level
- takes part in the social dialogue and, where European labour market organisations are involved, in the dialogue on working life issues. EK is also represented in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
EK is a member of BusinessEurope, the Confederation of European Business.
Businesseurope has members from all EU countries, applicant countries and ETA countries. Participating in Businesseurope’s activities and preparing business positions are among EK’s most important channels of influence on the EU level.
EK BrusselsEK and its predecessors have had a permanent office in Brussels since 1974. Through EK the voice of Finnish companies is heard also in Brussels. The Brussels office is currently staffed by four full-time employees.
The Brussels office supports the EK’s work in the EU:
- By influencing major EU projects together with EK experts
- By monitoring EU issues and informing about these to EK’s member associations and member companies
- By communicating EK’s EU policies
- By networking with decision-makers in Brussels
The office actively monitors the handling and progress of major EU projects, particularly in the following areas:
- economic policy
- business legislation and internal markets
- financial markets
- energy, climate and environmental issues
- innovation policies
- labour legislation and social affairs
- Trade policies