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Europa-FlaggeRepresentation of interests at the European Union. More and more laws have their origin in the EU and therefore have a direct impact on companies. The DIHK team in Brussels is committed to representing the interests of German business and is in direct contact with the decision-makers of the EU Commission, Parliament and Council. In order to ensure a powerful interest group in the EU, alliances with other trade associations, and in particular with "Eurochambres" the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, are of growing importance.

The voice of German business in Europe. The DIHK specifically places company-relevant topics on the European agenda. Through its local presence, the DIHK in Brussels is the link between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, companies and the EU institutions. In addition, the DIHK in Brussels represents the interests of the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad, as well as the delegate and representative offices of German business at around 120 locations worldwide.

In Brussels since 1958. The DIHK has had its own office in Brussels for more than 50 years in order to represent the interests of German companies. Each specialist department of the DIHK is represented by one employee at the office in Brussels. Since 2004 the DIHK has been accommodated together with our European umbrella organisation Eurochambres and other chambers of commerce from Europe in the "House of European Chambers" in Brussels in order to strengthen the cooperation with our European partners.

Platform for politics and business. Through the 79 Chambers of Commerce and Industry the DIHK can incorporate the experience and expertise of the member companies in the advice it provides to politicians. By working closely with the relevant national associations and companies, as well as through its dialogue with representatives of the Parliament, Commission and Council, the DIHK acts as a platform and network partner for politics and business in Brussels.

The DIHK has a voice. From the Green Paper, through the drafting of guidelines or regulations to legislation: the DIHK is involved in the entire process of business-related consultations and the legislative processes of the EU. Here the DIHK states its position to the decision-makers of the EU with official opinions and position papers and takes part in European policy debates in public and in the media.

The most important EU topics of the DIHK from A to Z: cooperation with the EU institutions, domestic market, energy and environment, foreign trade, industrial policy, innovation, regional policy and transport, taxation and law, training.

 

Brexit Survey

Cover Brexit-Umfrage englisch Results of the IHK Business Survey "Going International 2017" based on responses from companies which do business in the UK:
"The impact of Brexit on German Businesses" (PDF, 786.6 kB)

17 Proposals to Simplify EU Law

Cover 17 Proposals to Simplify EU LawIn February 2015, the DIHK submitted a list of suggestions for fewer and simpler regulations in EU legislation which places the greatest strain on the German economy:
"17 Proposals to Simplify EU Law" (PDF, 339.7 kB)