Yesterday evening I took part in a dinner event organised by Business Europe, which gathers national business federations from all around our continent. The business community knows very well that our European Union’s foreign policy can do much to promote, protect and advance our economic interests worldwide, and to support growth in our continent. So I updated them on the work I am doing with my colleague Commissioner Katainen on the first ever EU strategy for economic diplomacy.
But we also discussed how much our companies worldwide need a strong and united Europe. Sometimes the business community understands better than governments that doing business abroad does not need competition among Europeans, but teamwork. In a world of giants, the only way to regain our sovereignty – including our economic sovereignty – is to invest in a sovereign, strong and united EU.
Here is the full text of my speech.