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Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee (GRC) is AmCham Germany's primary policy committee for contacts with the German government at both the federal and state level. The Committee is also the leading force for the Chamber's discussion on the improvement of Germany as an investment location.

Mission

  • Engage in constructive high-level discussions with German policymakers
  • Promote a vigorous debate on the merits of doing business in Germany

 

Co-Chair
Dr. Wolfgang Dierker
Leiter Regierungsbeziehungen
GE Deutschland

Co-Chair
Gerrit Riemer
Leiter Konzernrepräsentanz Berlin
ThyssenKrupp AG

Position Papers

Committee Meetings

Committee Meetings

GRC Roundtable with Peter Beyer, MdB, on March 31, 2014:
During the roundtable discussion with Peter Beyer, MdB, committee members had the opportunity to intensively discuss the opportunities and benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.


GRC Roundtable with Wolfgang Tiefensee, MdB, on Janurary 22, 2014:
The discussion with Wolfgang Tiefensee, MdB, focused on AmCham's policy publication  PDF "Our recommendations for economic growth in Germany". The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as well as the amendment of the German Renewable Energy Act were among the main issues discussed.


Parliamentary Breakfast “Parliament meets US Investors” – Presentation of the results of the XI. AmCham Germany Business Barometer, March 18, 2014, Berlin:

For the eleventh time, AmCham Germany presented the re­sults of its annual study on the evaluation of Germany as a business location from the perspective of US investors in conjunction with a Parliamentary Breakfast in Berlin. Besides the presentation of the Business Barometer by AmCham President Bernhard Mattes, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker, CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH, spoke to the many present Members of Parliament.

To view impressions of the breakfast, please use to following  link to view the event gallery.


Government Relations Committee Meeting with
 Anne Ruth Herkes
State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology on October 19, 2012:

Committee members had the opportunity to discuss issues ranging from the current situation of trade, investment and growth to Germany’s digital agenda and energy policy with the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, Anne Ruth Herkes. 

Parliamentary Reception “Parliament meets US Investors” – Presentation of the results of the VII. AmCham Business Barometer, April 20, 2010, Berlin:

For the seventh time, AmCham Germany presented the re­sults of its annual study on the evaluation of Germany as a business location from the perspective of US investors in conjunction with a Parliamentary Evening in Berlin. Besides the presentation of the Business Barometer, the US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, Philip D. Murphy, and Kimberly Lein-Mathisen, General Manager of Lilly Deutschland GmbH, spoke to the many present Members of Parliament.

Impressions of the evening can be found in the AmCham Germany Event Galleries.

 

Joint Government Relations (GRC) / Telecommu­nications, Internet, and Media (TIM) Committee Meeting with Hans-Joachim Otto, MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, March 15, 2010:

The two committees jointly met with State Secretary Otto in Berlin and discussed topics ranging from the Law against Restraints of Competition to issues surrounding intellectual property law, internet service provider liability, expansion of broadband infrastructure and telecommunications for business customers.

 

Government Relations Committee Meeting with Eduard Oswald, MdB, Chairperson of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Technology in the German Bundestag, January 29, 2010.

Committee members had the opportunity to discuss issues ranging from the current situation of the automobile industry to Germany’s digital agenda and energy policy with the new Chairman of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Technology, Eduard Oswald, MdB.

 

On May 6, 2009 AmCham Germany presented a position paper outlining its vision for Germany as Europe’s most successful economy in the year 2020 at a Parliamentary Breakfast at the Deutsche Parlamentarische Gesellschaft (PG) in Berlin. The paper, published with a view to the upcoming federal elections in September, outlines in a 10-point program the decisions that need to be taken today to set the course for achieving this ambitious goal.

 

Parliamentary Reception “Parliament meets US Investors” – Presentation of the results of the VI. AmCham Business Barometer, February 10, 2009:

For the sixth time, AmCham Germany presented the results of its annual study on the evaluation of Germany as a business location from the perspective of US investors in conjunction with a Parliamentary Evening in Berlin. Besides the presentation, the Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy, John M. Koenig, gave an overview of transatlantic relations under the new US administration,
and Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, President and CEO of GE International, spoke on “A New View to Globalization.”

 

Joint Government Relations (GRC) / Social and Labor Affairs Committee Meeting with Gerald Weiß, MdB, Chairman of the Committee on Labor and Social Affairs of the Bundestag.

In the course of the meeting on September 26, 2008, members of the committees first had the chance to discuss topics such as minimum wages and deregulation with Member of Parliament Gerald Weiß, who then gave an outlook on the Christian Democrat’s social and labor affairs agenda.

 

Joint Government Relations (GRC) / Telecommunications, Internet, and Media (TIM) Committee Meeting with Dagmar Wöhrl, MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

On June 25, 2008, the two committees met with State Secretary Wöhrl in Berlin and discussed topics ranging from issues surrounding postal and telecommunications markets to public procurement law.

 

Contact

AmCham Staff Contact

Livia Fischer
Specialist, Government Relations
T +49 30 28 87 89-23
F +49 30 28 87 89-29
E lfischer(at)amcham.de

 

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