European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (European Chamber), is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation established to support and represent the interests of companies from the European Union operating in China.[1][2] The main objective of the European Chamber is to advocate for a better business environment. It does this through its membership services of advocacy, business intelligence and community.[3][4] The organisation is headquartered in Beijing, China.

European Union Chamber of Commerce in China
EUCC China logo
EstablishedOctober 19, 2000
FounderEuropean Union companies in China
Typenon-profit organisation, chamber of commerce
Legal statusActive
HeadquartersBeijing, China
FieldsBusiness advocacy, public affairs, government affairs, surveys, reports, publications, newsletters, conference and events organising, training, networking
More than 1600
Official languages
English, Chinese
Secretary General
Adam Dunnett
Jörg Wuttke
Key people
Jörg Wuttke (President), Massimo Bagnasco (Vice-president), Carlo D'Andrea (Vice-president), Guido Giacconi (Vice-president), Bettina Schoen-Behanzin (Vice-president), Bruno Weill (Vice-president), Klaus Zenkel (Vice-president), Matthias Göbel (States' Representative), Peter Ling-Vannerus (States' Representative), Renata Pavlov (States' Representative), Marko Tulus (Treasurer), Jens Eskelund (Board-member), Anna Pawlak-Kuliga (Board-member), Kamran Charles Vossoughi (Board-member), Adam Dunnett (Secretary General).
AffiliationsBeijing, Nanjing, South China, Shanghai, Shenyang, Southwest China, Tianjin Chapters


The European Chamber has more than 1,700 members from seven chapters active in nine Chinese cities including Beijing, Nanjing, South China (Guangzhou and Shenzhen), Shanghai, Shenyang, Southwest China (Chengdu and Chongqing) and Tianjin. The European Chamber is recognized by the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), and is registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).

Executive committeeEdit

The executive committee of the European Chamber consists of a president, six vice presidents, a treasurer, three member states' representatives and the European Chamber's Secretary General. Representatives of member companies are elected for a two-year term renewable once.

Supervisory BoardEdit

The supervisory board of the European Chamber consists of member representatives who elect three persons to represent the group on the executive committee. In addition to creating an electoral college, the supervisory board meets regularly to monitor and guide the work of the executive committee. The national representatives are nominated by national chambers of commerce or embassies by default.


The secretariat of the European Chamber is responsible for the daily operations and activities.


As a common platform for information and cooperation, the European Chamber publishes magazines and reports about the current experience of European businesses in China. These publications provide insights into current markets, key regulatory issues, industry-expert opinions, and notable social trends in China.

  • European Business in China Position Paper.[5][6]
  • European Business in China Business Confidence Survey.[7][8]
  • EURObiz—Journal of the European Chamber of Commerce in China.[9]
  • Decoupling: Severed Ties and Patchwork Globalisation.[10][11][12]
  • In for the Long Haul: Developing A Sustainable Operating Environment for Airlines in China.[13][14]
  • The Road Less Travelled: European Involvement in China's Belt and Road Initiative.[15][16]
  • The Digital Hand: How China’s Corporate Social Credit System Conditions Market Actors.[17][18][19][20][21]
  • 18 Months Since Davos: How China's Vision Became a Reform Imperative.[22][23][24]
  • China Manufacturing 2025.[25][26][27]
  • Overcapacity in China: An Impediment to the Party’s Reform Agenda.[28]
  • Chinese Outbound Investment in the European Union.[29]
  • Dulling the Cutting Edge: How Patent-Related Policies and Practices Hamper Innovation.[30]
  • The Social and Economic Impact of Private Equity in China.[31]
  • Public procurement in China.[32]
  • Asia-Pacific Headquarters Study.[33]


The European Chamber was founded on 19 October 2000, by 51 European companies in search of a common representative of their interests in China. The Chamber is also part of an expanding network of European Business Organisation Worldwide Network (EBOWWN). This network promotes interactions between members and host countries and establish closer relationships with the Commission. The original purpose of the Chamber was to monitor how China implemented its WTO commitments.[34] According to the Chamber: "Foreign firms have long complained of an uneven playing field and an opaque regulatory environment when it comes to China."[2]


The European Chamber is an organization that aims for better market access and improved operating conditions for the European Union companies operating in China. To this end, it reaches out to Chinese and European government authorities,[35] think tanks, academics, international bodies, other chambers of commerce and trade associations. The Chamber ensures awareness and compliance with relevant local laws, policies, and regulations. It also facilitates networking between its members, embassies and Chinese interest groups. They oversee a network of companies and professionals, help them exchange views and experiences regarding doing business in China. The European Chamber is primarily an advocacy organization that evolves around working groups and fora. These groups serve as a platform for the Chamber community and other local organizations, to foster understanding, share information, pursue common interests, promote trade and investment, and strengthen cooperation.[36][37]


  1. ^ "Action not words needed on foreign access to China markets, says chamber". South China Morning Post. 2017-09-19.
  2. ^ a b "European group urges China to actually open up markets like it says it will". CNBC. 2017-09-18.
  3. ^ "European businesses attack China high-tech push". Financial Times. 2017-03-07.
  4. ^ "Politics in China weighs heavily on businesses". Daily Sabah. 2018-01-17.
  5. ^ "Chinese slowdown is a 'huge concern' for European firms". 24 September 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  6. ^ "European Companies in China Urge SOE Reforms Amid Weaker Economy". Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  7. ^ "Report: More companies in China handing over technology". AP NEWS. 2019-05-20. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  8. ^ "China must reform and make business fairer, European firms say". South China Morning Post. 2019-05-20. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  10. ^ "EU companies in China should 'prepare for the worst' in digital decoupling - report". Reuters. 2021-01-14. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  11. ^ "U.S.-China Decoupling Raises Risks for European Firms". 14 January 2021. Retrieved 2021-06-21.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Decoupling could be 'death knell' for European firms in China: report". South China Morning Post. 2021-01-14. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  13. ^ "Phase One Trade Deal Pretty Much Dead: EU Chamber of Commerce in China". Retrieved 2021-06-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Call for reform of Chinese domestic flights' market".
  15. ^ Reuters Staff (2020-01-16). "European firms get 'crumbs' from China's Belt and Road: business group". Reuters. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  16. ^ Wernau, Julie (2020-01-16). "China Touts Its Belt-and-Road Effort as Collaborative, but Foreign Companies Feel Left Out". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2021-06-21.
  17. ^ "China to impose 'social credit' system on foreign companies". Financial Times. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  18. ^ Kubota, Yoko (28 August 2019). "China's Potential New Trade Weapon: Corporate Social Credits". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  19. ^ "Business group issues wake-up call on China's corporate 'social credit' plan". Reuters. 2019-08-28. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  20. ^ "China's social rating system 'life or death' matter for foreign businesses". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  21. ^ "China's corporate social credit system spooks European companies | DW | 28.08.2019". DW.COM. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  22. ^ Ming, Cheang (2018-07-10). "China's economic reform is falling short — and patience is growing thin, says report". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  23. ^ "China Urgently Needs Economic Reform, European Chamber Says". 10 July 2018. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  24. ^ "European firms rejig supply chains as US-China trade war rumbles". South China Morning Post. 2018-07-10. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  25. ^ "Industriepolitik: China first - auf Kosten Europas?". (in German). Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  26. ^ "Why 'indigenous innovation' in China could be problematic". 7 March 2017. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  27. ^ Bradsher, Keith; Mozur, Paul (2017-03-07). "China's Plan to Build Its Own High-Tech Industries Worries Western Businesses". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  28. ^ "How bad is China's industrial overcapacity?". 22 February 2016. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  29. ^ "EU 'better than North America' for China firms". South China Morning Post. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  30. ^ "Patent Policy and Innovation in China". Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  31. ^ Strategic Mergers & Acquisitions Working Group (June 30, 2012). "The Social and Economic Impact of Private Equity in China". EUCCC.
  32. ^ Public Procurement Working Group, Healthcare Equipment Working Group, ICT Working Group, Renewable Energy Sub-Working Group, Legal Working Group. (November 1, 2011). "Public procurement in China". EUCCC.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  33. ^ "Asia-Pacific Headquarters Study". Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  34. ^ EU Business in China. "A View from EU Business in China" (PDF).
  35. ^ "China needs to be placed at the top of the European Commission's 'to do' list". Financial Times. 2014-11-04.
  36. ^ "Europe dares to talk tough with China regulators". Financial Times. 2015-02-24.
  37. ^ "EU body urges China to accelerate opening up". China Daily. 2017-09-19.

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