I want to know more about the EBS programme

For information on the programme of the next summit, please contact:

Arnaud Thysen

General Manager

T +32(0)2 645 34 83

Raluca Barzu

Communication and Speakers Manager

T +32(0)2 645 34 85

I want to know more about partnerships

We offer tailor made partnership for companies, federations and organisations. For more information, please contact:

Anne-Laurence Cock

Senior Project Manager

T +32(0)2 645 34 84

Ellen Runngren

Project Manager

T +32(0)2 645 34 86

I want to know more about speaking opportunities

We always strive to integrate the perspective of the business sector in our research and events. If you want to explore ways of how your company can cooperate with us, please contact

Raluca Barzu

Communication and Speakers Manager

T +32(0)2 645 34 85

Honorary Committee
Philippe de Buck

Philippe de Buck Director of the Honorary Committee of EBS, President of Belgian Business for Europe

Philippe Lamberts

Philippe Lamberts MEP
European Parliament

Reinhard Bütikofer

Reinhard Bütikofer MEP
European Parliament

N. Chandrasekaran

N. Chandrasekaran Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Tata Consultancy Services

Arnaud Thysen

Arnaud Thysen General Manager EBS
European Business Summit

Jean de Gheldere

Jean de Gheldere Managing Director of EBS
European Business Summit

Baron Frans van Daele

Baron Frans van Daele Honorary Ambassador, Head of Cabinet to His Majesty the King of Belgians

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu

Jean-Pierre Clamadieu Chairman of the Executive Committee
Solvay Group

Malcolm Harbour

Malcolm Harbour Former MEP
European Parliament

Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen

Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen Vice President
European University Association

Baron Daniel Janssen

Baron Daniel Janssen Former Chairman of the Board

Karel De Gucht

Karel De Gucht Former EU Trade Commissioner, State Minister of Belgium

Thomas Leysen

Thomas Leysen Chairman, Umicore
Chairman, KBC Group

Didier Malherbe

Didier Malherbe Founder, European Business Summit
CEO, UCB Belgium

Emma Marcegaglia

Emma Marcegaglia President

Mario Monti

Mario Monti Former Prime Minister, Italy
Senator for Life

Baudouin Regout

Baudouin Regout Analysis Team, BEPA
European Commission

André Sapir

André Sapir Senior Fellow

Yves Leterme

Yves Leterme Former Prime Minister of Belgium
Secretary General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance

Michèle Sioen

Michèle Sioen President, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium
CEO, Sioen Industries

Leo Peeters

Leo Peeters Ambassador-at-Large
Foreign Affairs Belgium

Pieter Timmermans

Pieter Timmermans CEO
Federation of Enterprises in Belgium

José Manuel Barroso

José Manuel Barroso Former President
European Commission

William Stevens

William Stevens Founder & Managing Director
Europe Unlimited


About The European Business Summit

European Business Summit, Europe's key meeting place for business leaders and decision makers, where Business and Politics Shape the Future. Every year, the EBS attracts more than 1,500 participants from over 60 countries, including: European Commissioners, Prime Ministers, high-ranking individuals and about 200 journalists. The next summit will take place on 14-15 May 2014 in Brussels.

The theme for EBS 2014 is: "The Business Agenda 2014-2019: Rebuilding a Competitive Europe". 

2014 will be a year of political changes. The European Parliament elections will take place just one week after the Summit, with the new Commission appointments in the autumn, as well as a series of local and national elections.

EBS 2014 presents a significant opportunity for business leaders to present their priorities - looking beyond the crisis and towards a more competitive and better-functioning Europe. 

The summit is:

  • focused on encouraging business leaders to engage more with EU policy makers.
  • European in terms of business speakers and participation in order to develop a real pan-EU business dialogue.
  • dynamic in the issues it tackles and its associated studies/surveys.

The European Business Summit is an initiative of BUSINESSEUROPE and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium

Below are the details of BUSINESSEUROPE member federations, arranged by country in alphabetical order, using the Internet country codes.
If you wish to visit their website, please click on the federation's logo.

AT - Austria

Industriellenvereinigung - I.V.
President: Mr Georg Kapsch

BE - Belgium

Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique -
Verbond van Belgische Ondernemingen
President: Mr Pierre-Alain De Smedt

BG - Bulgaria

Bulgarian Industrial Association - Union of the Bulgarian Business - BIA
President: Mr Bojidar Danev

CH - Switzerland

Fédération des entreprises suisses - Economiesuisse
President: Mr Heinz Karrer

CH - Switzerland

Confederation of Swiss Employers
President: Mr Valentin Vogt

CY - Cyprus

Employers & Industrialists Federation Cyprus - OEB
President: Mr Philios Zachariades

CZ - Czech Republic

Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic
President: Mr Jaroslav Hanák

DE - Germany

Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. - BDI
President : Mr Ulrich Grillo

DE - Germany

Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände e.V. - BDA
President : Mr Ingo Kramer

DK - Denmark

Confederation of Danish Industry - DI
President: Mr Lars Mikkelgaard-Jensen

DK - Denmark

Confederation of Danish Employers - DA
President: Mr Torben Dalby Larsen

EE - Estonia

Estonian Employers' Confederation - ETTK
President: Mr Jüri Käo

ES - Spain

Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales - CEOE
President : Mr Juan Rosell

FI - Finland

Confederation of Finnish Industries - EK

FR - France

Mouvement des Entreprises de France - MEDEF
President: Mr Pierre Gattaz

GR - Greece

Hellenic Federation of Enterprises - SEV
Chairman: Mr Dimitris Daskalopoulos

HR - Croatia

Croatian Employers' Association (Hrvatska Udruga Poslodavaca) - HUP
President: Mr Ivica Mudrinic

HU - Hungary

MGYOSZ - BUSINESSHUNGARY (Munkaadók és Gyáriparosok Országos Szövetsége)
President: Mr Péter Futó

IE - Ireland

Irish Business and Employers Confederation - IBEC
President: Mr John Kennedy

IS - Iceland

SI - Federation of Icelandic Industries (Samtök iđnađarins)
Chairman: Mrs Svana Helen Bjornsdóttir

IS - Iceland

SA - Confederation of Icelandic Employers (Samtök atvinnulífsins)
President: Mr Björgólfur Jóhannsson

IT - Italy

Confederazione Generale dell' Industria Italiana - CONFINDUSTRIA
President: Mr Giorgio Squinzi

LT - Lithuania

Lietuvos Pramonininkų Konfederaciją
Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists - LPK
President: Mr Robertas Dargis

LU - Luxembourg

Fedil - Business Federation Luxembourg
President: Mr Robert Dennewald

LV - Latvia

Latvijas Darba Deveju Konfederacija
Employers' Confederation of Latvia - LDDK
President: Mr Vitalijs Gavrilovs

ME - Montenegro

Montenegrin Employers Federation - MEF (Unija poslodavaca Crne Gore - UPCG)
President: Mr Predrag Mitrovic

MT - Malta

Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry - MCCEI
President: Mr David G. Curmi

NL - The Netherlands

Vereniging VNO-NCW
President: Mr Bernard Wientjes

NO - Norway

Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise - NHO
President: Mr Tore Ulstein

PL - Poland

Polish Confederation Lewiatan
President: Ms Henryka Bochniarz

PT - Portugal

Associaçáo Industrial Portuguesa - AIP-CII
President: Mr José Eduardo Carvalho

PT - Portugal

Confederação Empresarial de Portugual - CIP
President: Mr António Saraiva

RO - Romania

Alianta Confederatiilor Patronale din
Romania - ACPR
President : Mr George Paunescu

RS - Serbia

Serbian Association of Employers - SAE (Unija poslodavaca Srbije - UPS)
President : Mr Nebojsa Atanackovic

SE - Sweden

Svenskt Näringsliv (Confederation of Swedish Enterprise) - SN
President: Mr Jens Spendrup

SI - Slovenia

Združenje Delodajalcev Slovenije  - ZDS (Employers' Association of Slovenia)
President: Mr Milan Lukic

SK - Slovakia

Republikova Unia ZamestnavaTelov (RUZ)
President Mr Marian Jusko


SM - San Marino

Associazione Nazionale Industria San Marino - ANIS
President: Mr Emanuel Colombini

TR - Turkey

Turkish Industry & Business Association - TÜSIAD
President: Mr Muharrem Yilmaz

TR - Turkey

Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations - TISK
President: Mr Tugrul Kudatgobilik

UK - United Kingdom

Confederation of British Industry - CBI
President: Sir Mike Rake