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Newsletter CCSF 2024 n°2

Chamber News
CCSF is hiring a Communication and Marketing Manager!
Could you be our next colleague? 

As a Communication and Marketing Manager at the CCSF, you would join a dynamic and innovative team, with a mission to promote and develop French-Swedish business relations. 

To read the job description click here.

Do you think you might be a good fit? And would like to dedicate your energy to this mission, apply ASAP by sending your CV and cover letter in French, to katarina.loof@ccsf.fr
Scholarships 2024 for a One-year Traineeship at CCSF - Apply before the 26th of April!
Do you have the ambition to work with Swedish business abroad? Are you interested in French-Swedish business relations, and getting access to a unique network within French-Swedish-European business?

In collaboration with the Scholarship fund for Swedish Youth Abroad (Stipendiefonden för Svensk Utlandsungdom) and the Swedish-French Language fund (Svensk-Franska Språkfonden), the CCSF offers two one-year traineeships starting on the 2nd of September 2024.
Note that the last day to apply is on the 26th of April!
New Chamber Members
APHLS Consulting
APHLS Consulting is a consulting company performing Business Strategy, Business Development and Business & Financial Controlling services with an extensive experience from global business activity and different business cultures.

Their clients stem from the Fintech, Luxury and Renewable Energy sectors, mainly based in France and Sweden.
evroc - Cloud Service Powering a Digital Europe

evroc is building a sustainable hyperscale cloud and Europe’s critical AI infrastructure. The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with development offices in Sophia Antipolis, France, and London, the United Kingdom.

By 2030, evroc will operate 10 hyperscale data centers, employing more than 10,000 people, across Europe.

Read more about evroc here.

Upcoming Events
13 Mars 18h30-20h00: Réception de l'Ambassadeur de Suède Håkan Åkesson

Réception de l’Ambassadeur de Suède en France Håkan Åkesson en honneur des membres de la CCSF à la Résidence de l’Ambassadeur.

Sur invitation et exclusivement réservé aux membres de la Chambre de Commerce Suédoise en France.

27 Mars 18h30-21h00: Décarbonation des flottes - 2024, année de l’accélération?
CCSF et AFRY vous accueillent lors d’une conférence pour discuter des freins et opportunités liés à la décarbonation des flottes de véhicules commerciales (tous véhicules routiers).
Inscrivez vous en cliquant ici, au plus tard le 20 mars.

Au programme:

  • Une présentation par Yasmine Assef, Senior Principal, Future Cities and Mobility, AFRY, sur les enjeux climatiques, les options technologiques, le cadre réglementaire et incitatif.
  • Un panel sur les rôles et initiatives lancées avec:
    • Gilles Baustert Directeur Marketing, Communication & Affaires Publiques, Scania France
    • Sébastien Meunier, Fleet Sales Manager, Volvo Car France
    • Nicolas Schottey, CEO de Mobilize Power Solutions, Renault Group
  • Un Q&A, puis du temps de partage informel.
3 Avril 18h00-20h30: Quels enjeux pour l’UE en 2024 et au-delà?
Avec Pierre-Alexandre Miquel, Directeur-adjoint de l’Union européenne, Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères 

Pour plus d'information, et pour vous inscrire, veuillez cliquer ici.
10 Avril 08h30-10h30: Comité RH

Comité RH CCSF.

Évènement réservé aux membres Premium.

Lieu: Réunion Teams.

30th of May 17h00-20h00: Cyber Security Unveiled with David Jacoby
Evening seminar on the topic “Cybersecurity unveiled” with guest-speaker: David Jacoby, Ethical Hacker and Cyber security expert, in partnership with Axis Communications.

his event will try to answer the question, “how did we end up in this vulnerable world, and why?” What will the future unfold for us and what can we do to proactively prevent cyber threats.
The event will cover the history of cybersecurity, what the future holds, and how you can work proactively to prevent cyber-attacks. David Jacoby will also demonstrate a live hack during the evening. 

For more information click here. A link to register will be available soon.
18th of June 17h00-19h30: Presentation Business Climate Survey France 2024 Report
Team Sweden in France invites you to a presentation event with discussions and insights about the economic outlook, key facts about the market and Swedish company performances in France related to this year's Business Climate Survey. Leading Swedish company representatives will share their views on the business climate in France.

Location: the Embassy of Sweden

Registration link will be available soon.
Highlights from Previous Events
15th of February: The energy transition and hydrogen in Sweden, with MEDEF International and Le Cercle Suédois
On the 15th of February, CCSF, MEDEF and Cercle Suédois co-organised a dinner conference around the opportunities linked to the energy transition and hydrogen in Sweden.

Mr. Mikaa Blugeon Mered, Expert coordinator of the Hydrogen Task force and market analyst in hydrogen diplomacy and geopolitics provided an overview of Franco-Swedish cooperation opportunities in the green transition based on hydrogen, and deciphered the countries' ambitions.
28th of February: France 2024: macro-economic, political and financial perspectives
On the 28th of February CCSF welcomed guest speakers Olivier Redoulès, 'Directeur des études' at Rexecode and Pierre Schoeffler, President at S&Partners, Senior Advisor at  l'IEIF, President Advisor at La Française and Vice-president and treasurer at CCSF for a masterclass on the theme 'France: macro-economic, political and financial perspectives for 2024'. 

They shared their excellent expertise and competencies on their view of France's growth trajectory, economic risks, the state and evolution of financial markets and the impact of current economic conditions on business, productivity, competitivity and employment. 

A huge thank you to Pierre and Olivier for an insightful and enriching evening. 
News From the CCSF Community
Would you like to reach out to our 100 000 web visitors ?
Did you know that our website ccsf.fr attracts over 100 000 unique visitors per year? Our digital platform offers excellent opportunities to communicate to our French-Swedish business community and to connect your brand to a French-Swedish context and identity. 

Fore more information and to book an ad, contact info@ccsf.fr.
Airbus, SAS, Vattenfall, Swedavia and Avinor sign an agreement to develop a 'hydrogen hub' for Swedish and Norwegian airports 
In the context of the French state visit for Sweden on the 30th and 31st of January, the CEOs of five major actors in the aeronautical sector signed an agreement to begin a study exploring the feasibility and potential of installing hydrogen infrastructure at Swedish and Norwegian airports. The study seeks to help better understand the needs linked to the development of hydrogen powered planes, in terms of both infrastructure, refueling at airports and associated regulations, but also to determine the best fitted airports to be first in accommodating this type of infrastructure.

The agreement is part of the companies' committment to decarbonising the aeronautical sector by 2050. 

Source: Brèves Économiques.
Photo: Pascal Meier.
Swedish Companies and Partners are Recruiting
Ericsson France's R&D Center is hiring
Ericsson France's R&D center is looking for dynamic, creative minds to join their team.

Whether you are experienced or a recent graduate, Ericsson has openings that can cater towards your specific career journey.

To read more about Ericcson France, the R&D center and their open positions, click here
Photo: Ericsson France.
Mondial Tissus recherche: Chargé.e de marketing bilingue à Lyon
Dans le cadre de leur développement international, Mondial Tissus recherchent, pour assister le chef de marché Nord, un chargé de marketing ayant pour missions : d’animer les visuels de leur sites e-commerce mais également de participer à la production des différents supports de communication digitaux avec pour objectif d’amener du trafic qualifié sur leurs sites allemands, suédois et néerlandais et développer les ventes.

Pour lire l'intégralité de l'offre, et pour postuler, cliquez ici!
CCSF is recruiting: Both a Communication & Marketing Manager and two Trainees!
To read the job description for the Communication and Marketing Manager position click here

To read more about the two one-year traineeships starting on the 2nd of September 2024:
  • Click here: For more information and how to apply through Stiftelsen Svensk Franska Språkfonden.
  • Click here: For more information and how to apply through Stipendiefonden för Svensk Utlandsungdom.
Eco Bulletin Board
President Emmanuel Macron's state visit to Sweden
 Photo: Clément Morin/The Royal Court of Sweden.
President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron paid a state visit to Sweden on 30–31 January 2024 at the invitation of HM The King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf. The President Macron was  accompanied by a delegation of French ministers and representatives from the National Assembly and the Senate as well as by industry representatives.

The aim of the state visit was to further strengthen and promote the long-standing, broad and excellent relations between Sweden and France. It also aimed to encourage deeper cooperation within areas such as innovation and the green transition, as well as defence and security in the surrounding area.
The two day long program featured among others: a welcoming ceremony at the West Gate of the Royal Palace,  a round-table discussion on the future of European security and security policy at Karlberg Castle between The King, President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minster Ulf Kristersson, together with security policy experts from Sweden and France. On the second day of the State visit, the King and the French President participated in an industry seminar – Accelerating Europe's Competitiveness – arranged by Business Sweden at Stockholm City Hall. Around 200 representatives from Swedish and French industry took part. The delegation then travelled to the south of Sweden and the state visit continued in Skåne at the European Spallation Source (ESS) collaboration project in Lund. The King and the President then visited Alfa Laval in Lund, and were introduced to Alfa Laval's work towards the green transition, and were given a presentation of various energy chain innovations, including fossil-free steel heat exchangers and heat pumps. Alfa Laval's hydrogen and nuclear power operations were also demonstrated. A declaration of intent on cooperation between Sweden and France on nuclear technology research was then signed during a dedicated ceremony. Afterwards, President Emmanuel Macron was a guest at Studentafton, in the presence of The King and Queen and Brigitte Macron. Studentafton is a forum for speech and debate, and is run by students at Lund University. The Presidential couple then hosted a reception in Lund in honour of The King and Queen.
Source and for more details: https://www.kungahuset.se/english/archive/news/2024-02-02-state-visit-from-france.
Strategic Innovation Partnership Declaration renewed during French State Visit to Sweden

During the French State visit to Sweden, new agreements were signed and others renewed. Among them was the Strategic Innovation Partnership Declaration for Sustainable, Digital and Resilient Societies, whose first edition was signed in 2017, and a second time in 2019. The new, more in depth 2024 rendition of the declaration was signed by Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, and French President Emmanuel Macron. The agreement continues to enhance collaborations between Sweden and France in promoting sustainable, digital and resilient societies, but also broadens to include three new areas: forestry, nuclear energy and security.

You can read the agreement in French here, in Swedish here, and in English here.

Photo: Ninni Andersson/Regeringskansliet.
Business Team France Sweden sign new cooperation Agreement
The French state visit to Sweden also deepened business collaborations between the two countries, through the the signature of a French-Swedish business cooperation agreement. The agreement was signed light of the Sweden-France Business Forum that took place in Stockholm on the 31st of January during the French state visit to Sweden. In attendance to sign the agreement was Pascal Cagni, Business France; Jan Larsson, Business Sweden; Patrick Martin, MEDEF; Anna Stellinger Svenskt Näringsliv; Gîta Paterson, CCSF; and Jan Malmborg French Chamber of Commerce in Sweden.

You can read the agreement in Swedish here, and in French  here.

Photo: Klara Théot / Business France Nordics.
Swedish Saab and French MBDA sign cooperation agreement
At the end of the Business Forum held during the French State visit to Sweden, CEOs from Saab and MBDA , Micael Johansson and Eric Béranger, alongside French and Swedish Defense ministers Sébastien Lecornu and Pål Jonson, signed a letter of intent towards biolateral cooperation in the fields of anti-tank missiles and air defense.

Source: Brèves Économiques.
Letters of intent signed between french CNES and Swedish SNSA for cooperation in the space sector
The Business Forum also ended with a cooperation agreement in the space sector. The president of the CNES, Philippe Baptiste, and the CEO of SNSA Anna Rathsman signed two letters of intent: the first one about the launch of stratospheric balloons for transatlantic flights from the Swedish Esrange space center. The second one in light of an upcoming project focused on surveilling CO2 emissions in the atmosphere; a project under the name of CGI. 

Source: Brèves Économiques. 
French-Swedish collaborations mark great advancements in green battery production
During the Business Forum  that took place during the French State visit to Sweden the French independent renewable energy producer Neoen, announced their collaboration with Nidec (suppliers of energy battery storage solutions), in the production of Isbillen Power Reserve in Sweden, which will be the largest Nordic battery to date.

The lithuim-ion battery of 94 MW/94 NWh, will be located in the Swedish county of Västernorrland, and will be connected to the E-ON network, due to ready for use in the first half of 2025. The battery will supply Svenska Kraftnät (SVK), the Swedish transmission system operator, and will be aimed at balancing electricity consumption and production across the network, in order to facilitate the integration of new renewable energy power stations.
Photo: Neoen all rights reserved.
Sweden one step closer to joining NATO as Hungary approves accession
On Monday the 26th of February, Hungary's parliament approved Sweden's NATO accession, as the last member country left to do so. The decision marks the end of months long delays for Sweden to complete their security policy shift.

Sweden would join the 31 member countries, and would be the second Nordic country to join NATO in recent years, following Finland's entry in April 2023.
Business France reveal continued French competitiveness in Annual Report on Foreign Investment 2024
The initial figures of Business France's Annual Report on Foreign Investment show that France strengthens its economic attractiveness despite an unstable global context. The report reveals that:
  • 1,815 foreign investment projects were identified in France in 2023.
  • Over 59,000 jobs were created or maintained within three years by a foreign investment decision in France.
  • Europe was the source of 65% of foreign investment projects in France in 2023.
  • The US, Germany and the UK were the top investor countries in 2023, in terms of projects.
  • In 2023, 33% of investment projects related to manufacturing activities.
  • In 2023, 59% of foreign investment in R&D and engineering was related to a 'France 2030' sector.
  • In 2023, 73% of foreign manufacturing investments were in municipalities of fewer than 20 000 inhabitants.
  • Business France supported 58% of foreign investment decisions in France in 2023.
  • 48% of foreign investment projects were in a manufacturing sector.
The full report, and country specific reports will be available in May. 
Insights from Brussels
The European Commission recommends 90% emission target by 2040 
On 6 February, the European Commission adopted its non-binding Communication on the EU Climate Target for 2040, recommending a 90% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) compared to 1990 levels, in line with the recommendation of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change. The 2040 climate target will rely on both emissions reduction and carbon removals, and constitutes an intermediate milestone between the 55% GHG emissions reduction by 2030 and the climate neutrality target by 2050 enshrined in the EU Climate Law. In practice, the EU will have to mobilise all sectors to accelerate emissions reduction.

This new target comes in a context of growing discontentment regarding the economic and social impact of the European Green Deal in several Member States, especially the agricultural sector. Thus, the Commission underlined the importance of strategic dialogue with stakeholders and legislative action after the European elections, putting an emphasis on industry competitiveness and industrial decarbonisation.

The same day, the European Commission unveiled a Communication on Industrial Carbon Management alongside the announcement of the 2040 emissions target, which underlines the major role of carbon removals to meet the target.

Next steps
Following the European elections in June 2024, the European Commission will present a legislative proposal for the EU Climate Target for 2040, which will have to be approved by both the European Parliament and the Council.
Deal on new rules to boost the EU's net zero technology industry
The Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on new rules to strengthen the EU’s net-zero technology manufacturing capacity in order to attain the EU climate ambition and enhance the EU’s competitiveness globally. To do so, the Net Zero Industry Act sets a non-binding target to domestically manufacture 40% of the production needed to cover the EU demand in terms of strategic technologies.

Notably, the initiative establishes a list of key net-zero technologies, which should gain access to faster accelerated permitting procedures and facilitated access to financing upon Member States decision to qualify them as strategic projects, in line with their energy mix. Notably, these technologies include renewable energy, nuclear fission, energy storage, carbon capture, storage and utilisation technologies and biotech and transformative industrial technologies for decarbonisation.

The text also provides for targets for manufacturing capacities to ensure reduction of strategic dependencies of the net zero technologies, as well as the creation of net-zero acceleration valleys to boost the implementation of these projects, among other provisions.    
Next steps
The agreement is now awaiting formal adoption by both institutions in the coming days before its entry into force.
Agreement on ESG ratings and delay for Sustainability reporting
Co-legislators reached a political agreement on the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings Regulation, an initiative to establish a regulatory framework for providers of ESG ratings. As such, the new rules aim to boost investor confidence in sustainable products by improving the transparency and integrity of ESG ratings and preventing potential conflicts of interest within their providers. The agreement notably includes new rules on the authorisation of ESG rating agencies and provides for the disaggregation of ESG criteria in three different constituents in order to avoid a single less-transparent ESG score.

In parallel, co-legislators agreed to delay from 2024 to 2026 the adoption deadline of the second set of European Sustainability Reporting Standard, setting sector specific standards and standards for third-country companies. Despite the delay in the development of these new standards, companies under scope remain subject to the first set of already existing standards. This delay was welcomed by the Belgian Council Presidency, in line with decision makers’ willingness to reduce the administrative burden on companies and enhance competitiveness in the EU.

Next steps
The new ESG rating rules will now need to be formally adopted by both institutions before its formal entry into force, while the second set of Sustainability Reporting Standards is now expected to be adopted in 2026.
Trilogue deal to lower CO2 emissions from trucks and buses 
The European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on new rules to tighten CO2 limits on heavy duty vehicles, aiming at increasing the number of low emissions trucks and buses in the EU. The agreement foresees reductions in CO2 emissions of 45% by 2030, 65% by 2035 and 90% by 2040, compared to 2019 levels. The 15% target for 2025 remains.
Urban buses will have to be zero-emission by 2025 and entirely cut emissions by 2035, with a provisional 90% target for 2030. Both institutions also agreed to expand the scope of the Regulation to cover vocational vehicles such as garbage trucks or concrete mixers by 2035, while military and emergency vehicles as well as vehicles used for forestry, mining and agriculture are to be exempted from the standards. Thus, the vast majority of heavy duty vehicles put on the market after 2040 is predicted to be powered by electricity or hydrogen.

Next steps
The agreement will now be finalized at technical level and receive formal adoption from both institutions before its entry into force. 
Jonas Rosenquist Vernissage on the 6th of March at the Maison des Étudiants Suédois 
The 'Maison des Étudiants Suédois' are hosting an exhibition by Swedish artist Jonas Rosenquist, titled 'Six ans'. 

The exhibition consists of oil paintings depicting landscapes and portraits in a large array of artistic styles, with influences from both France and Sweden. Rosenquist's work is distinguished by an assertive technique, mainly marked his use of spatulas. His simultaneous use of vibrant, contrasting colors creates compositions of captivating depth and dynamics.

The exhibition's vernissage is taking place on the 6th of March 19h00-20h30.

The exhibition will then be open from the 6th of March until the 29th of March, mon-fri 09h00-12h00 and 14h00-17h00.

Free entry. 
New exhibition 'Suivre les ondes' at Svenska institutet (SI) opening on the 8th of March
Photo: Lars Fredrikson, (si.se).
In this new exhibition "Suivre les ondes" at the Swedish Institute (SI), Swedish artist Lars Fredrikson's work will be put into dialogue with Anastasia Ax and Christine Ödlund, two contemporary artists who share a strong friendship with Lars Fredrikson's visionary creations. Both work with versatile and open art that moves freely across a wide and rich field of expression and material: sculpture and various forms of image, performance, movement and sound. Similarly to Lars Fredrikson, they also share a strong fascination for how energy moves and is transformed through different materials, and how communication takes place between different life forms and states.

The exhibition opening is taking place on the 8th of March, and will run until the 16th of June. 

To read more, click here.
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