Established in 1958 as a direct response to the creation of the European Economic Community, EUROCHAMBRES acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the business community at EU level. EUROCHAMBRES represents over 20 million businesses in Europe through 46 members (42 national associations of chambers of commerce and industry and two transnational chamber organisations) and a European network of 1700 regional and local chambers. More than 93% of these businesses are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Chambers’ member businesses employ over 120 million.
EUROCHAMBRES strives to improve the general conditions in which businesses operate, to facilitate access to markets within and beyond the EU and to ensure the availability of human, financial and natural resources.
Based on regular consultation with its members, EUROCHAMBRES represents European business interests to the European institutions.
EUROCHAMBRES manages and coordinates various projects, to the benefit of both Chambers and the wider business community. Most of these EU-funded projects focus on encouraging business relations between the EU and third countries and on promoting entrepreneurship.
The voice of the European business community is also promoted through regular communication actions, events, trainings and networking activities. EUROCHAMBRES’ flagship initiatives in this respect are the Academies and the European Parliament of Enterprises.