20 Visions for Europe: ‘I remain an optimist’

This article is part of our special report 20 Visions for Europe.

“20 Visions for Europe” gathers unique visions from public officials, intellectuals, artists, diplomats, athletes, civic actors and business representatives.

The project is part of EURACTIV’s celebration of 20 years of free, independent reporting with European values at its core. The partner of the project is Stars4Media.  

Susan Danger is the CEO of AmCham EU which speaks for American companies committed to and invested in Europe. A British-Belgian citizen, she has worked in the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain, Australia, and Belgium.

 

Transcript of video:

Hi, I’m Susan Danger, and I’m the CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, AmCham EU, and I’ve been asked to give my vision for Europe for the next 20 years and thank you for asking me.

The most important fact that I want to say is that I am optimistic. Europe is a great place it has so much to offer.

American companies have been invested here, some for more than 100 years and they’ve been growing and prospering. And not only that, I believe that Europe still remains perhaps the best place in the world to live, to work, to study and also to raise a family.

So I really believe that if we all work together we can create an even stronger united EU and that is my vision for the next 20 years.

Now globalisation, automation, demographic shifts, indeed they still provide challenges, but another part of my vision is the fact that we need to empower people. If we can empower people, we can address those challenges.

For example, making inclusion a priority, ensuring that there are equal opportunities for everybody in the workplace, building the skills of the future for both young and old to ensure that they can cope with the changes.

Putting education at the centre of the agenda so that we can support youth.

Now I’m passionate about this, our companies are passionate about this, they have been putting in place programs for many years now. They have programs in place for education, for retraining, for re-skilling, and we’re talking about people all around Europe.

There is really so much that we can achieve when we work together, and I’m talking here about government, business and also about civil society. So this is why I remain an optimist.

See more from the Visions for Europe project here. 

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