Inspiring, insightful, influential

The unique impact of EBS is created by our renowned speakers – political decision-makers, business leaders, members of academia and civil society.

Every year they present a variety of perspectives on the most current issues in Europe. 


Jean-Claude Juncker

European Commision

Federica Maria Mogherini

European Commission
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Mário Centeno


Donald Tusk

European Council

Antonio Tajani

European Parliament

Marianne Thyssen

European Commission

Frans Timmermans

European Commission

Cecilia Malmström

European Commission

Pierre Moscovici

European Commission

Charles Michel

Kingdom of Belgium

Elżbieta Bieńkowska

European Commission

About the EBS

The European Business Summit is a leading annual platform where key figures from different sectors meet together to discuss current global trends and challenges and their effect on the European Union. With 200 high-level speakers, 50 interactive debates and unique networking opportunities, EBS has become a landmark event in Brussels, attracting 2000 attendees each year.

EBS 2018 main themes

Europe as a global economic leader 

The EU’s role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals, promoting pro-environmental policies and ensuring gender equality.

Trade opportunities in an uncertain environment 

Strengthening trade relations and opening up to new markets.

EU governance and leadership in a changing world 

 The impact of digitalisation on the EU’s internal and external actions.

Join our plenary sessions, roundtables, interactive Agora talks and Meet the Expert conversations. 

23 May


Welcome Tea & Coffee


Agora: Brexit

24 May


Meet-the-Expert: GDPR

11:00 - 12:30 Supported by TCS

Agora: Can business support refugees?

Networking moments

European Leadership Awards Dinner - 22 May

Networking Lunch - 23-24 May 

Business Leaders' Dinner - 23 May

Cocktail Reception - 23 May

Business Leaders' Lunch - 24 May

Success based on cooperation

Every year our partners take an active part in the creation and the shaping of the EBS. Their involvement gives them an opportunity to highlight their priorities in front of a diverse, influential audience, thus allowing them to make an impact on the EU decision-making process.


EBS welcomes partnerships with a variety of companies, institutions and associations, thus reflecting the broad spectrum of perspectives to be voiced at the EBS 2018. 


Strategic partner
With the support of
  • The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is actively contributing to strengthening the level of network and information security within the EU. Set up in 2004, the Agency cooperates with Member States as well as private sector on developing solutions to cyber security threats. We are very happy to welcome a representation of ENISA at this year’s Summit. Their experts will provide all participants with an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating realm of cyber security in the form of one-on-one meetings.  ...

  • With euro-area encompassing 19 countries with a collective population of around 340 million citizens it constitutes a truly unique financial system, which requires top-level governance. However, the multitude of European institutions involved often hampers efficient coordination among the Member States. What are the possible reforms and who should wield more power in the euro-area? Join the debate with Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis – Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue – and Dr Guntram Wolff – the Director of Bruegel – on May 24 at EBS 2018. ...

  • We are delighted to announce that Ms Ann Mettler, the head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), is now confirmed as one of the speakers for the roundtable on Artificial Intelligence. Prior to becoming the head of the in-house think tank of the European Commission, from 2003 to 2014 Ms Mettler served as the executive director of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank of which she was also a co-founder. ...

  • “In the Circular Economy both words count. Without economic logic there is no Circular Economy. Without circulation our economy is not sustainable. That is why our aim with the Plastics Strategy is to create a Single Market – a true Single Market – for plastic waste. Especially for plastic packaging waste.” This declaration constitutes the essence of the debate our roundtable on Circular Economy will aim to stimulate at EBS 2018. The Summit’s participants will have a chance to listen to a special address by the author of this statement himself – the Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen. ...


The European Business Summit offers a wide range of possibilities and opportunities to both its participants and guests. For a dynamic look at the atmosphere and calibre of the event and to help you to envision you or your company at the summit, take a look at the EBS video:

Practical information

The European Business Summit takes place in the majestic Egmont Palace in Brussels. 


Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon 8 bis, 1000 Brussels


In order to facilitate the registration process, please present your confirmation letter on the day of the event. All guests are asked to pass through security. 


By public transport:
Nearest metro stop: Porte de Namur (Line 2 and 6)
Nearest tram and bus stop: Petit Sablon (93, 92, 95, 27)


By car:
There are two car parks close to the Egmont Palace:

Interparking “Sablon-Poelaert” (Place Poelaert) 
“2 Portes” (Boulevard de Waterloo, 2a)