The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China was founded in 2000 by 51 member companies that shared a goal of establishing a common voice for the various business sectors of the European Union and European businesses operating in China. It is a members-driven, non-profit, fee-based organisation with a core structure of 25 Working Groups and 7 Fora representing European business in China. The European Chamber now has more than 1,600 members in 7 chapters operating in 9 cities: Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenyang, South China (Guangzhou and Shenzhen), Southwest China (Chengdu, Chongqing) and Tianjin. The European Chamber is recognised by the European Commission and the Chinese Authorities as the official voice of European business in China. It is recognised as a Foreign Chamber of Commerce with the Ministry of Commerce and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
Environment Working Group
The Environment Working Group serves as a platform for companies to discuss and exchange best practices, experiences, solutions and recommendations on environmental protection, and also serves as a channel to engage with Chinese government at local and national level to provide support and feedback on environmental regulations, standards and technologies in China. Environment WG currently consists of more than 150 member companies involved in engineering, manufacturing, construction, consultancy, and certification services. Members come from a variety of industry sectors, such as waste, water, smart grid, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, biochemistry, and logistics.