Business leaders optimism about growth

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Two thirds of business leaders are more optimistic about the prospects for European growth in the year ahead than they were twelve months ago, according to a survey by Accenture.

45 per cent of respondents plan to increase EU investments by between 5 and 20 per cent over the next three years. Ten per cent intend to boost their investments in the region by 20 per cent.

400 global business leaders were questioned by the survey which was commissioned by the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium.

Rudi Thomaes, chief executive officer of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium, said: “Europe has the opportunity to harness new waves of growth by ensuring that governments and businesses work towards the same goals. Economic diplomacy aiming at building more bridges with emerging markets is an obvious example.”

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