EBS 2020 - A great success!

Over 6000 participants attended the European Business Summit 2020 edition! On 16 & 17 November, EBS2020 live-streamed 30 high-level panels and interactive interviews featuring over 60 high-level speakers from business, policy, civil society, and academia!

Among the highlights of the European Business Summit 2020 edition:
  • EBS2020 kicked off with an interview to Alexander de Croo by Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg TV reporter. The Prime Minister of Belgium discussed how the Belgian government is supporting citizens and businesses hard-hit by COVID19.
  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President for Economy and Trade, spoke at EBS2020 on reviving the transatlantic relationship as the EU and the US work together as strategic partners to face challenges in the economy, trade, security, and other areas of cooperation.
  • “We need to restructure the economy in a sustainable way.” During EBS2020’s session “How to Reconcile Green and Growth?” Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, highlighted the importance of supporting SMEs through quality regulation.
  • At EBS2020’s session “Digital Education in Europe”, Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth, presented the Digital Education Action Plan, which aims to make digital literacy & skills a key part of our education systems.
  • “Reaching big audiences comes with great responsibilities” highlighted MEP Stéphanie Yon-Courtin at EBS2020’s session “Regulation of Digital Platforms”.
  • Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, discussed the most interesting issues of the EU-Ukraine trade agenda with journalist Chris Burns during the EBS2020 session “Green and Sustainable: The Future of EU-Ukraine Trade Relationship”.
The recordings of the sessions are already available on the agenda section of this website. This page will also provide you with all the information on the speakers and the highlights of each session.

3 THEMES FOR EBS 2020


In these challenging times, coming together to debate and discuss Europe's pressing issues becomes even more important. As it has done for over 20 years, the European Business Summit is uniquely positioned as a debating platform for policy, business, and academia. This year the focus will be on how Europe can unite despite the crisis to reshape our society and boost the economy. In an effort to support the economy, the public sector and the private sector will have to join forces to restore confidence and stability on the continent.

EBS 2020's overarching theme, “Rebooting the European economy - Towards a green, digital and more resilient Union”, illustrates the importance and impact sustainability has on various sectors of our society. The generational challenges – the green and the digital transitions – will be even more important than before the crisis. Therefore, the horizontal issue of ‘sustainability’ will remain central during the November edition of EBS. EBS 2020 will highlight a new approach to business and its focus on sustainable transformation. Therefore, this summit is incredibly timely, able to reflect the EU recovery plan presented by the European Commission and to showcase the positive contribution of businesses in making Europe a green, digital and a more resilient economic model. Through a series of interactive discussions, structured around three themes, EBS 2020 is positioned to present concrete solutions and to encourage strong commitment from stakeholders to deliver on the economic, environmental and social objectives for a sustainable and inclusive Europe.

Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Europe

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EBS 2020 SPEAKERS

The following list will be updated regulary

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European Commission

Frans Timmermans

Executive Vice-President
for the European Green Deal

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European Commission

Valdis Dombrovskis

Executive Vice-President for Economy and Trade

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European Commission

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Innovation and Youth

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Special Advisor for Climate
Change Affairs (MEE) of China

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Belgian Government

Alexander De Croo

Prime Minister of Belgium

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European Commission

Margaritis Schinas

European Vice-President

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European Commission

Jutta Urpilainen

Commissioner for International Partnership

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European Commission

Vera Jourova

Vice-President for Values and Transparency

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European Commission

Didier Reynders

Commissioner for Justice

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European Parliament

Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament

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European Commission

Pierre Delsaux

Deputy Director-General, DG DEFIS

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Cabinet of EU Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen

Lora Borissova

Senior Expert

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European Defence Agency

Jiri Sedivy

Chief Executive

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European Commission

Salla Saastamoinen

DG JUST Acting Director General

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European Business Summits

Arnaud Thysen

Director General

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University of Namur, Belgium

Anne-Sophie Collard

Professor of Information and Communication

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Danfoss Group

Kjeld Stærk

Vice-President

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European Commission

Joanna Drake

Deputy Director-General DG ENV

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European Commissioner for Environment and Oceans and Fisheries

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European Commissioner for Transport

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