Smurfit Kappa hosts European Round Table for Industry event where leaders from Europe’s largest firms discussed Europe’s competitiveness, sustainable growth, creation of jobs; discussion topics included energy transition, climate change and innovation

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May 22, 2023 (press release) –

Leaders from around 50 of Europe’s largest companies met in Dublin to discuss the continent’s competitiveness, sustainable growth, creation of jobs and prosperity   

Smurfit Kappa’s Group Chief Executive, Tony Smurfit, welcomed top European business leaders in Dublin to discuss initiatives aimed at strengthening the region’s competitiveness.

The event was one of two plenary sessions that the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) holds annually. Discussion topics included energy transition, climate change and innovation in light of the 30-year anniversary of the Single European Market. The summit included a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Dublin Castle and a session with Paschal Donohoe, President of the Eurogroup and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

The companies that make up ERT have combined revenues of over €2 trillion and provide around 5 million direct jobs globally. Guests at the Smurfit Kappa-hosted event included CEOs and Chairs from global industry leaders including Airbus, Ericsson, GSK, Heineken, Iberdrola and Saint-Gobain.

Speaking after the event, Tony Smurfit said: “I was honoured to host European business leaders at this ERT plenary session. Our businesses are critical to unleash Europe’s full potential to bring economic and social benefits while delivering the green transition. 

“Smurfit Kappa leads the European market in  and we are committed to supporting Europe’s climate goals with a product that’s renewable, recyclable and biodegradable at its heart. It was a pleasure to welcome my fellow ERT members and several FTSE100 peers to Dublin.” 

Established 40 years ago, the ERT is a forum which brings together approximately 60 CEOs and Chairs of major European businesses and advocates for policy changes to boost European competitiveness, growth and employment.







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