Christopher Leitl, President of the European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBRES) said that entrepreneurs in Europe should be proactive, providing appropriate answers in a world full of uncertainty, challenges and disruption.
He spoke of the important role that businesspeople and entrepreneurs played within the social ecosystem, and the need for there to be backing from other sectors of society in order for this role to be effective.
“We are paying taxes, creating jobs, serving the countries and the people within them by doing that and we are proud of that, but we need support from Government, as well as social partners.”
Mr Leitl said that he saw a great opportunity for the future, and a new kind of economy – the circular economy – which would not waste resources but in fact, regain them.
“We should be discussing intelligent growth not limits of growth. Some people may think of the circular economy as a threat, thinking that it will be expensive and incur losses, but it’s a great opportunity for us to be innovative, creative, find appropriate solutions, and deliver it to all parts of the world.”
Once again, he reiterated that entrepreneurs were duty bound to create new opportunities and jobs for young people. “What matters is not the size of the country but the ideas coming out of it.”