Now a prestigious 2-day event, attended by over 2,000 participants, the European Business Summit has moved from strength to strength since its creation 17 years ago.


European Business Summit is a well-known organization which creates and supports networking and debating events in Brussels, including our biggest and most prestigious event - the annual European Business Summit. Our principal goal is to bring business and politics together and stimulate thinking on the most challenging European issues. Through its events and publications, EBS delivers an inspired and informed contribution to policy-making in Europe. EBS is supported by the FEB (Federation of Enterprises in Belgium) and BUSINESSEUROPE. The EBS is also proud to acknowledge the high patronage of His Majesty the King of the Belgians.


Our mission is twofold: we aim to bring politics and business together in order to provide them with an opportunity to debate and pursue their common goals, giving a voice to all sides of the debate. The other priority of EBS is to provide the European institutions with a platform where they can place their top priorities in the spotlight and advance the development of new pieces of legislation through discussion with a variety of actors and stakeholders. 


The annual European Business Summit is one of the most far-reaching and influential debating and networking platforms in Europe, held annually at the Egmont Palace, Brussels. It attracts over 2,000 participants and 250 high-level speakers. EBS gives business representatives the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with key EU decision-makers and demonstrate that business can play a key part in developing solutions to the most pressing issues in Europe.


Apart from the European Business Summit every year we organise a Back from Davos event following the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. Moreover, EBS supports topical and relevant 1-day summits that are held throughout the year, including Think Digital, Energy Policy Summit, European Defence Industry Summit and Bespoke events.


The purpose

EBS Steering Committee is comprised of committed partner businesses, associations, government representations, think tanks and NGOs. Monthly meetings, often with a guest speaker from an EU political institution, are held in the run-up to the European Business Summit to help create the best possible event by gaining suggestions and insight from our partners.

Average structure

The average structure of a Steering Committe involves:

  • A short presentation from a guest speaker followed by time for questions
  • An update and discussion on the summit programme
  • The opportunity to field suggestions and comments from the members
  • Buffet & networking time


Our previous guest speakers include:



European Commission
Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Cecilia Malmström


European Commission
Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska


European Commission
Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Canete


Secretarial General, European Commission
Director of Policy Coordination


CSR Europe
Senior Advisor on External Relations


Thanks to the accumulation of good repute, high calibre standards and an extensive professional network, the EBS Honorary Committee benefits from the endorsement of respected individuals from key institutes and businesses.


Phillippe Lamberts

European Parliament

Jean Pierre Clamadieu


Mario Monti

Senator for Life
Former Prime Minister of Italy

André Sapir

Senior Fellow

Baron Philippe De Buck

European Economic and Social Committee

Baron Daniel Janssen

Former Chairman of the Board

Didier Malherbe

Vice President & Head of Public Affairs

Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen

European University Association
Vice- President

Natarajan Chandrasekaran

Tata Sons

Thomas Leysen

Chairman, KBC Group
Chairman, Umicore

Yves Leterme

International Institute
Former Prime Minister of Belgium & Secretary General

Malcolm Harbour

European Parliament
Former MEP

Michèle Sioen

CEO Sioen Industries
Former President FEB

Karel De Gucht

European Commission
Former EU Trade Commissioner, State Minister

Leo Peeters

Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in Denmark

Baron Frans Van Daele

Cabinet to His Majesty the King of Belgians
Honorary Ambassador, Former Head of Cabinet
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