The Foreign Investors Council and the European Roundtable of Industrialists together
with the Government of Romania will jointly assess the progress towards a
functional market economy
The European Roundtable of Industrialists
(ERT) is a forum of 43 European industrial leaders aiming at promoting the
competitiveness and growth of Europe's economy.
Since its creation in 1983, ERT has
contributed significantly to an improved dialogue between industry and governments,
at both national and European levels.
A number of companies headed by ERT Members have significant investments in
Romania and many of their Romanian affiliates are members of the Foreign Investors
Much of the work of the ERT is done by nine Working Groups, which cover areas
such as education, employment, environment, competitiveness, the internal market,
taxation, accounting, governance and EU enlargement.
The ERT member companies, who are already major investors in Central and Eastern
Europe, believe that enlargement can be a win-win situation for the East and
for the West. The objective of the Working Group on Enlargement is to work
on further improvement of the investment climate, and to support candidate
countries to prepare for EU membership. ERT is committed to dialogue with national
governments about investment and enlargement related issues. The Chairman of
the Enlargement Working Group is Mr. Antony Burgmans, Chairman of Unilever
Mr. Jean Martin a Senior Executive
of Unilever and the Convenor of the Working Group on Enlargement, visited Romania
during February and June of this year, in order to develop the objectives of
the Enlargement Working Group for Romania, in collaboration with the Foreign
Investors Council (FIC).
The ERT recognizes the excellent collaboration
between the Romanian Government and the FIC and, building on this, would propose
to move the current dialogue further in close association with the Enlargement
Working Group of the ERT.
The FIC and the ERT representatives
met with the Romanian Government (GoR) and share their thoughts on how the
ERT could contribute to the Romanian Government’s efforts to progress
towards a functional market economy and meet the EU accession criteria in the
The FIC, ERT and the GoR agreed to
organize a high level meeting between the Prime Minister and members of the
Cabinet and CEOs of ERT members with the objective of reviewing the progress
made by Romania in meeting the EU accession criteria in the business field
and identifying the areas where further improvement would be necessary.
Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, senior
GoR officials, CEO-level representatives of the companies of FIC/ERT members
(including possibly Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, EBRD, GlaxoSmithKline, Renault, Zoppas
and Unilever) and representatives of FIC member companies will attend the meeting.
The meeting will be held in Bucharest on September 17, 2003.
This high level meeting would hopefully
provide the platform from which the ERT members will be able to convey a positive
message on the progress made by Romania to the Governments of the EU member
states and to the Commission. It could also be the occasion for the ERT to
communicate directly with the national and international media.