Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers opens its
Branch Office in Brussels
Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers (ZPP) has opened its Branch Office in Brussels. Agata Boutanos has been appointed to hold the position of the Head of the Office. Before she joined ZPP, she had led European campaigns regarding regulations concerning entrepreneurs.
The fundamental and the most important goal of the newly-opened Office in Brussels is to represent the interests of Polish enterprises sector – said Marcin Nowacki, the Vice president of ZPP. – We deal with general matters concerning all enterprises as well as within sectors represented by the Union. We wish to maintain constant relations with the most important European institutions and with the stakeholders of economic matters – he added.
Agata Boutanos, the Head of the ZPP Branch Office in Brussels, believes that the growing competences of the EU and creation of the homogeneous market caused more and more regulations to be prepared on the European level. This has enhanced the activity of representatives of enterprises, organisations and entities supporting communication, and increased the number of their actions.
The representatives of entrepreneurs in the European Union are perceived as an indispensable politic, economic, social and legal link which participate in decision-making process on the European level in the crucial moments. The engagement of the stakeholders is a part of the democratisation of the system and is a desired phenomenon. Simultaneously, it is being disposed to more and more detailed regulations – claims Agata Boutanos, the Head of the ZPP Branch Office in Brussels.
According to the data presented by the Union, there are over 20 thousand of stakeholders and 45 thousand of European administrative clerks who participate in the European dialogue.
The stakeholders are proactive but at the same time they are often not coordinated well and their environment is divided. On the other hand, European clerks are very well organised, they consult between institutions and have operational knowledge – stipulated Boutanos. – We need new platforms of cooperation: regulative ones as well as communicative ones. They could unify common actions of Polish entrepreneurs with cooperation with the government and the business. We see a chance of coordinating these actions and engaging more entities into the dialogue, especially given that over 80% of the regulations are prepared on the EU level – concluded Boutanos.
Within the actions concerning the European Union, ZPP declares:
• constant presence in the dialogue with the stakeholders of the decision-making process,
• support of the ZPP members in fulfilling the European agenda,
• long-lasting positioning and communication,
• organisation of the dedicated events, debates and trainings.
We wish European institutions, organisations, media, and experts to perceive ZPP as a recognisable, stable, credible and responsive partner. We assume cooperation with other entities when working with the most important legislative projects (general and sector matters) – summed up Cezary Kaźmierczak, the President of ZPP.
Agata Boutanos is a representative of ZPP in the EU. Before she joined ZPP she had created a Public Affairs team operating in Poland and in Europe for Tauron Polska Energia. Later, she became a representative of the company as a Head of International and Government Affairs in Brussels.
Since 2008 Agata has been cooperating with European institutions and with private companies, including: CEC Government Relations where she was a leader of the Energy and Environment Policy, Polish Economic Congress Foundation, and Dow Corning as the European Government Affairs Associate.
She was an active member of AmCham EU, AmCham BE, European Chemical Industry Council, European Photovoltaics Industry Association, EUFORES, Lighting Europe and European Photonics Industry Consortium. Currently, she holds the position of the Head of the branch office of ZPP in the European Union.