„The EU Chamber wants our opinion!

Presently, the European Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCC) is drafting its Position Paper 2016-2017 (PP). To be presented to decision makers in both Brussels and Beijing, they look for Key Recommendations (KR) and objective comments regarding EU small and medium sized enterprises doing business in China.

As a member of EUCCC you will have the chance to give your opinion, use the indicated address to respond. If you are not a member and would like to contribute, the German Centre Beijing can support you in relaying your opinion to the EUCCC. Please note the deadline on 1 March 2016.

For further information, please see below:

The European Business in China – Position Paper (Position Paper) is the European Chamber’s primary annual publication. […] These cover recommendations aimed at improving both the administrative system and general operating conditions, as well as those aimed at identifying areas where China could benefit from giving greater market access to foreign-invested enterprises.

Inter-Chamber SME Working Group Position Paper 2016-2017 will initiate the drafting process in mid-February 2016, therefore your participation in this process is exceedingly important. In order to have a full understanding on the current issues faced by EU SMEs in China and to provide objective statements in the EU-China SME Dialogue, we are NOW launching the survey for Inter-Chamber SME Working Group Position Paper 2016-2017.

In 2015-2016 Inter-Chamber SME Working Group, the Key Recommendations were:

KR 1: Provide European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in China with better access to finance

KR 2: Streamline and Increase the Transparency of Regulatory and Administrative requirements for SMEs in China

KR 3: Establish Rule of Payment to Alleviate Cash Flow Burdens of SMEs in China

For detailed information, please check PP

If you want to contribute your opinion, please follow and answer the following questions to Ms. Erica Wang ewang@europeanchamber.com.cn before 1st March 2016:

          If KR 1, 2, 3 keeps on the top of your priority?

          Which of these issues do you want to include in 2016-2017 Position Paper?

  1. HR – Visa, Mandatory Social Insurance, Recruitment & Retention, labour cost
  2. Administration – company registration, license application
  3. Local protectionist legislation
  4. Tax – individual income tax, VAT
  5. IPR – Fake products, trade mark
  6. Market Access – lack of information, unclear regulation, long process, industry standard

If you would like to participate in PP drafting / contribute case study, please leave your contact information here:






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