About

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.

WHO WE ARE

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

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 EBS ANNUAL EVENT

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.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

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.

INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITIES AT EBS

Each year EBS has the pleasure to welcome renowned speakers and guests representing political decision-makers, business leaders, members of academia and civil society. Some of our most influential personalities are...

Andrus Ansip

European Commission
Vice President of the Digital Single Market

Antonio Tajani

European Parliament
President

Federica Mogherini

European Commission
EEAS High Representative

Frans Timmermans

European Commission
European Commission First Vice-President

Peter Praet

European Central Bank
Executive Board Member

Cecilia Malmström

European Commission
EU Commissioner for Trade

N. Ganapathy Subramaniam

Tata Consultancy Services
Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director

Valdis Dombrovskis

European Commission
Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue

Pierre Moscovici

European Commission
Commissioner

Yanis Varoufakis

Greece
Former Finance Minister

Günther H. Oettinger

European Commission
Commissioner

Lakshmi Mittal

ArcelorMittal
CEO and Chairman

Iskra Mihaylova

European Parliament
Member

Markku Markkula

Committee of the Regions
President

Jean-Claude Marcourt

Wallonia-Brussels Federation
Minister of Higher Education

Jonas Kjellberg

Skype
Co-Founder

Jeff Immelt

GE
Former President

Jan Hommen

KPMG
CEO

Heinz Haller

DOW Chemical
Vice President and President of EMEAI

Terrence Hahn

Axalta
CEO

Johannes Hahn

European Commission
Commissioner

Abdullah Gül

Turkey
Former President

Monique Goyens

BEUC
Director General

Anthony Gardner

United States of America
Former Ambassador to the EU

Michaël Peters

Euronews
CEO

Guo Ping

Huawei
Rotating CEO

Paul Polman

Unilever
CEO

Harry van Dorenmalen

IBM Europe
Former Chairman

Jean-François van Boxmeer

Heineken
CEO

Guy Verhofstadt

European Parliament
Member

Karmenu Vella

European Commission
Commissioner

Martin Sorrell

WPP
Former CEO

Robert-Jan Smits

European Commission
Open Access Envoy

Rory Simpson

Telefonica
CLO

Hubert Weber

FoodDrinkEurope
President

Leung Chun-Ying

Hong Kong
Former Chief Executive

Bernadette Ségol

ETUC
General Secretary

Martin Schulz

European Parliament
Former President

Peter Ryan

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Former Managing Director for EMEA

Dominique Reiniche

Coca-Cola Company
Chairman Europe

Geneviève Pons-Deladrière

J. Delors Institute Representation in Brussels
Director

Chrystia Freeland

Canada
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Joanna Drake

European Commission
Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Environment

Carlo des Dorides

GSA
Executive Director

King Philippe of the Belgians

Kingdom of Belgium
King of the Belgians

Donald Tusk

European Council
President

Dominique Leroy

Proximus
CEO

Reinhard Bütikofer

European Parliament
Member

Markus J. Beyrer

BusinessEurope
Director General

Emma Marcegaglia

President of BusinessEurope

Charles Michel

Kingdom of Belgium
Prime Minister of Belgium

Didier Reynders

Kingdom of Belgium
Minister of Foreign Affairs & European Affairs

Jean-Claude Juncker

European Commision
President

Baron Philippe De Buck

European Economic and Social Committee
Member

Baron Daniel Janssen

Solvay
Former Chairman of the Board

Natarajan Chandrasekaran

Tata Sons
Chairman

Thomas Leysen

Chairman, KBC Group
Chairman, Umicore

Philippe Lamberts

European Parliament
Member

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians

Kingdom of Belgium
Queen of the Belgians

Vagit Alekperov

LUKOIL
President

Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Eurogroup
Former President, Former Dutch Finance Minister

Jo Deblaere

Accenture
COO

Jim Cowles

Citigroup
CEO EMEA

Marco Comastri

CA Technologies
President & General Manager EMEA

Corina Crețu

European Commission
Commissioner for Regional Policy

Vladimir A. Chizhov

P. R. of the Russian Federation to the EU
Ambassador

Jean-Louis Chaussade

SUEZ
CEO

Miguel Arias Cañete

European Commission
Commissioner for Energy & Climate Change

Ann Cairns

MasterCard
Vice Chairman

Marco Buti

European Commission
Director-General for Economics & Financial Affairs

Daniel Brutto

UPS
Former President

Carlos Brito

AB InBev
CEO

Carlo d'Asaro Biondo

Google
President for Strategic Relationships

Vytenis Andriukaitis

European Commission
Commissioner for Health & Food Safety

Michèle Sioen

CEO Sioen Industries
Former President FEB

Étienne Davignon

CSR Europe
President

STEERING COMMITTEE

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:

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MARIA ASENIUS

European Commission
Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Cecilia Malmström
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KRISTIAN HEDBERG

European Commission
Deputy Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska
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CRISTINA LOBILLO-BORRERO

European Commission
Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Canete
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MARCEL HAAG

Secretarial General, European Commission
Director of Policy Coordination
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JAN NOTERDAME

CSR Europe
Senior Advisor on External Relations

HONORARY COMMITTEE

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.

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Philippe Lamberts

European Parliament
Member
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Jean Pierre Clamadieu

Engie
Chairman
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Mario Monti

Senator for Life
Former Prime Minister of Italy
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André Sapir

Bruegel
Senior Fellow
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Baron Philippe De Buck

European Economic and Social Committee
Member
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Baron Daniel Janssen

Solvay
Former Chairman of the Board
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Didier Malherbe

UCB
Vice President & Head of Public Affairs
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Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen

European University Association
Vice- President
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Natarajan Chandrasekaran

Tata Sons
Chairman
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Thomas Leysen

Chairman, KBC Group
Chairman, Umicore
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Yves Leterme

International Institute
Former Prime Minister of Belgium & Secretary General
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Malcolm Harbour

European Parliament
Former MEP
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Michèle Sioen

CEO Sioen Industries
Former President FEB
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Karel De Gucht

European Commission
Former EU Trade Commissioner, State Minister
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Leo Peeters

Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in Denmark
Ambassador
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Baron Frans Van Daele

Cabinet to His Majesty the King of Belgians
Honorary Ambassador, Former Head of Cabinet
  • This high-level roundtable, which took place on May 23, featured Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, Kestutis Sadauskas, Director in charge of Circular Economy and Green Growth at DG ENV, as well as representatives of Coca Cola, Ecoalf and Symphony Environmental Technologies PLC. The panelists discussed a variety of topics including the Commission's Plastics Strategy, the ways in which plastic pollution can be tackled, the challenges facing the industry and the role of the consumers in achieving sustainable management of plastic waste. 

    Below you will find a summary of the debate, prepared by Dods.

  • On May 24, the European Business Summit hosted a debate on the topic 'Fake News & why it's threatening your business'. The recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica revelations show how, in an increasingly digitised world, data can be exploited and reminds companies of the importance to ensure transparency when it comes to the use of consumer information. The impact of Fake News – and the resulting loss of trust – in the wider economic fabric cannot be overlooked. Moreover, with the entering into force of the GDPR, all actors are called to play their role in tackling the disinformation challenge.

     

    Please find below an overview of the debate, prepared by Dods.

  • The roundtable on clean transport in Europe, which took place on May 23, featured representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament and industry. The panellists debated on the future of fuels such as biofuels and hydrogen, as well as electricity and electric vehicles as means to achieve the targets set for emissions reduction by 2025. Below you will find a summary of the debate, prepared by Dods.