UNICE, the Confederation of European Business, changed its name to BusinessEurope on 23 January 2007. The moniker modification, according to the group, also heralds its shift to a more optimistic approach, with calls for 'more Europe'.
At the annual Competitiveness Day, business representatives have reiterated their call for economic reforms within the EU and stressed how important it is for European businesses to be able to access new markets.
In an open letter to the European governments, European businesses have called for "real and credible progress against the Lisbon targets". The Commission urged similar progress in its preparatory document for the Barcelona Summit.
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