Business Europe Figures Discuss Brexit, Trump and Economy with Kiska

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Bratislava, November 24 (TASR) – Slovak President Andrej Kiska on Thursday received heads of European employers’ associations (Business Europe) to discuss chiefly the possible effects of Brexit on the European economy, US-EU relations after the American presidential election and the EU’s competitiveness, TASR learnt on the same day.

According to Jan Oravec, chairman of the Association of Slovak Entrepreneurs and head of the Republican Union of Employers (RUZ) foreign committee, representatives of Business Europe concurred with Kiska on the need to “preserve the closest possible ties between the EU and Britain”.

“It would be to the disadvantage of all to see talks not developing towards the preservation of close ties, even though Britain is now leaving the EU,” Oravec told TASR.

“Another issue of debate was the situation in the USA after the election of Donald Trump as president. It’s uncertain at the moment how relations between the USA and the rest of the world will evolve,” noted Oravec.

As for US-EU relations, Business Europe advocates “trade as free as possible between individual economic blocs in the global economy”, stated Oravec.

The third issue discussed with Kiska concerned the state of the EU economy. “We’ll adopt stances in favour of preserving the EU’s internal market and of European institutional policies ensuring the competitiveness of European companies. For example, we could make them more competitive by removing part of the regulatory burden that firms have to bear as a result of too many European directives,” added Oravec.