When member states of the European Union (EU) cooperate and collaborate, it has a positive effect on the European economy as a whole. Ergo, increasing European integration leads to further economic growth and new business opportunities. Companies should be actively encouraging deeper ties with Europe, says Alexander Kulitz, chairman of Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland.
“We have to take responsibility and make our contribution to making the European Union and the single market even more successful in the future,” says Kulitz. From a German perspective, this is vital for growth: in recent years, the country has flourished as a direct result of free trade and free movement of capital within the EU. Exports from Germany are at record levels. In addition, many foreign companies have invested in Germany. “Today it would be hard to imagine trade and capital flows between EU countries being regulated,” he says.
Over the next few years, Kulitz’s organization wants to focus on inspiring young people to be more consciously pro-Europe. “Many young people and young adults today take the benefits of European integration for granted,” says Kulitz. “This is why they are mainly concerned with disadvantages or show a certain degree of neglect with regard to the EU.”