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  • - TATA Consultancy Services appointed strategic partner!
  • - Migration debate involving 2 Commissioners with DG HOME
  • - McKinsey Global Institute to present business leader research project
  • - SDGs at the core of this year's programme with CSR Europe
  • - 3 POLITICO experts to moderate panels
  • - EuroNews confirmed as a Media Partner 2017
  • - HUAWEI Main Partner for 3rd consecutive year!

200 speakers participating



  • The first day is open to the public. Register to attend a wide choice of open debates and plenary sessions.

  • Plenary Session A Business Contribution to a New Narrative for Europe

    Plenary Session. 2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome establishing the European Community. This celebration provides the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the European Union and the path that must be taken in the future; a future that the EU can only embrace through working hand in hand with the driving force of its economy, the business community, together with social partners. To reach a fruitful cooperation, both businesses and EU institutions have to engage in an open and constructive dialogue, assessing mutual strengths and needs as well as the rapid and unpredictable pace at which our world is evolving.

  • Strategic Roundtable European Trade Strategy

    Europe is a key player in international economic relations, but what is its long-term economic vision and will it keep its leading role in the future? With new foreign policy agendas such as - America First - and - Global Britain -, it is clear the future EU-27 is in need of a new geopolitical strategy. While European leaders tend to playing safe on its future, European businesses seek the support to bolster the economy. With the US moving closer towards protectionism and Asia taking centre-stage in the international trade market, Europe needs to position itself in this new world order. The question is now on how policy makers can strategically coordinate to establish a European economic diplomacy to generate new market opportunities for businesses.

  • Strategic Roundtable Protecting our Individual Freedom: Security for Companies and Citizens

    Together with ENISA, this session will showcase that security is a central component of business continuity and citizen?s trust. The ever-evolving cyber landscape comes with challenges that businesses have to be very flexible in order to deal with them. The EU is investing in this field to become a strong player and is stimulating the cooperation between different sectors such as energy, health, transport, and finance. What needs to be done with the collection and protection of data for both businesses and customers? Does encryption provide enough security for them? What is the EU?s overall view on cross-border access to electronic evidence?

  • Strategic Roundtable The Future of Healthcare

    What are the cures of tomorrow? With the rise of digitalisation, an aging population and associated chronic diseases, the health industry has been disrupted by several changes. The challenges are well recognised, but the question remains as to what the EU can do collectively to address it together with its Member States.

  • Agora Between free trade and protectionism - Which way is the EU going?

    Protectionist voices are rising across Europe, is the EU lending its ear? Michel Cermak (11.11.11), Prof. Andre Sapir (Solvay School of Economics & Management), Prof. Pierre Defraigne (Director Madariaga - College of Europe Foundation)

  • Agora European Basic Income: Utopia or bust?

    The basic income debate sharpens in Europe, but is it really feasible? Prof. Philippe Van Parijs (KUL), Prof. Olli Kangas (Kela Finland), Prof. Guy Standing (Basic Income Network), Prof. Mark Smith (Grenoble Ecole de Management)

  • Agora European Economic Diplomacy: a new tool to compete in a global world?

    If Europe wants to stay competitive in the world, should European Economic Diplomacy be an integral part of the EU global strategy? Angelos Pangratis (Hors Classe Adviser for Economic Diplomacy)

  • Agora How can Europe foster its start-up potential?

    Sharing experience, know-how and recommendations on Europe's start-up scene. Karen Boers (Startups.be), Tom Flanagan (Dublin Institute of Technology), Roald Sieberath (Startech)

  • Agora What are the next steps for better economic governance in the Eurozone?

    Monitoring, preventing and correcting problematic economic trends that could weaken national economies of negatively affect other EU countries. Valdis Dombrovskis (Vice-President Euro & Social Dialogue), Guntram Wolff (Director of Bruegel)

  • Meet the Experts Protecting your business from the Brexit risks

    Expert view on assessing the risks facing your business due to Brexit, implementing active programmes to mitigate them and giving you the tools protect your business from these risks. Garvan Walshe (BrexitAnalytics)

  • Co-shaped conference CSR Sustainable Development Goals Conference

    An in-depth look at how progressive business practices support inclusive growth and equality. Together with CSR Europe (The European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility), the conference on Sustainable Development Goals sets out global targets to address the most pressing current societal and environmental issues. SDGs provide a unique opportunity for Europe to generate real sustainable impact towards an innovative, prosperous and inclusive society.

  • MEET THE EXPERTS Fake news: can we still sort facts from fiction?

    How can the EU intervene when misinformation is affecting businesses? Roubini Gropas (EPSC), Jamie Shea (NATO)

  • MEET THE EXPERTS Making Smart Cities a reality

    The role of digital in transforming our cities. Prof. Nathalie Crutzen (Director Smart City Institute)

  • MEET THE EXPERTS Turning disruption into opportunity for women and businesses

    An outline of specific steps organizations should consider to advance opportunities for women in the current environment of technology disruption. Goedele Van der Linden (MERCER), Mandy Schreuder (MERCER)

  • MEET THE EXPERTS Which role do universities play in economic development?

    Most universities see themselves as contributing to economic development. What are some of the best practices today and what more can be done to have really significant regional, national and pan-European impact? Tom Flanagan (Dublin Institute of Technology)

  • Join policymakers, high-level business people, experts and civil society in a range of impactful sessions on the future of Europe.

  • Plenary Session Europe in a New World ? Strategy to Thrive

    Plenary Session on the way forward for Europe. The central theme of this year's summit will look at creating a new narrative for Europe with the invaluable input of businesses and civil society.

  • Plenary Session The Priorities of Europe/Better Regulation/SDGs

    By Frans Timmermans, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu and Lise Kingo

  • Strategic Roundtable Digitalisation of the Internal Market

    It is time to seize digital opportunities and restore Europe?s global competitiveness. The digitalisation of industries comes with a necessity for the continuous development and adaptation. There is the belief that the unification of the European single market could restore growth and the global competitiveness of the EU, therefore there is a need to invest time and finances in these innovative, digital projects. With a strong focus on the rise of E-Commerce and the online purchase market, European citizens and companies need to take into account its sustainability factor, but also the supply chain challenges, which can limit the growth factor of the E-Commerce industry. The rise in E-Commerce and digitalisation also entails the need to study the behaviour of consumers on the online market. In light of these developments, this roundtable will also focus on the protection of customers and the regulation of alternative and online dispute settlements. How to gain the trust of consumers while tapping the potential of retail and E-Commerce?

  • Strategic Roundtable From Immigration to Integration

    How businesses, individuals and society can all benefit. Together with DG Home, a dialogue will be held on skills and migration for the EU. The year 2017 has brought Europe ongoing challenges with mass immigration. This roundtable will focus on how to mobilise employers for the integration of recently arrived migrants and, in particular, refugees. The main objectives are to foster the engagement of employers and social partners, recognise and disseminate what is being already done and to deliver concrete outputs to support and promote further engagement for integration. The integration charter will be presented at EBS to be implemented by employers and social partners, in order to foster labour market integration of newly arrived migrants and refugees.

  • Strategic Roundtable Green Energy Solutions

    Is Europe in the Driving Seat of the Clean Energy Transition? Within a newly established global environment, the governance of the EU Energy Union is facing the challenge to find a resilient and secure energy system. A secure energy system is now analogous with finding and creating green energy solutions. Now the goal is to attain a net zero emission economy throughout Europe with the Clean Energy Package. At the same time, the EU?s global leadership on Climate Change will hinge on its ability to deliver on the cost-effective deployment of renewable energy and to meet its ambitious target on energy efficiency. Still greatly depending on exhaustible and nuclear energy, the EU still has a long way to go. One of the particular challenges at hand is raising the ambition of the ETS in line with the COP21 outcome while ensuring an inclusive energy transition that protects the EU?s competitiveness. And with a newly established world order, the EU should rethink their approach in energy diplomacy. What are the next steps after the promises in Paris and Marrakech?

  • Strategic Roundtable How to Develop an Industrial Strategy for Europe?

    The future of EU?s industry in the coming decade. If there is one thing most economists would agree upon, it is that digital technology now performs many jobs that once required manpower. In manufacturing enterprises, employment has declined rapidly over the past few years because of digital automation. With the foresight of the emergence of more and more robotics and artificial intelligence, policy makers and stakeholders in business and society should have a common vision on the future of EU?s industry. How can we align the digitalisation of enterprises successful without losing sight of sustainability and maintaining the indispensability of humans?

  • Agora A vision of European integration

    Minister-President and Professor of Political Science and European Studies (ULB) Paul Magnette brings his vision of the European integration.

  • Agora How will Europe look like in 2019?

    After decisive votes in France, Germany and the Netherlands, will Europe's face be changed? Pawel Swieboda (EPSC), Doru Frantescu (Votewatch Europe), Prof. Roberto Castaldi (International Centre for European and Global Governance)

  • Agora Retaining & attracting young talent in Europe

    What have employers been doing to attract & retain young talent in Europe and what needs to be done to recruit more young people effectively? Prof. Jacqueline O'Reilly (University of Sussex)

  • Agora US - EU relations in the Trump era: risks & opportunities

    The Trump administration comes along with lots of uncertainties. Yet, opportunities to grasp lies ahead as well. Anthony Gardner (former US Ambassador to the EU), Daniel Gros (CEPS)

  • Agora What's the impact of the Brexit on the European financial market?

    Analysis of the potential impact of the Brexit on financial market in Europe. Mario Monti (Bruegel), Johan Van Overtveld (Belgian Minister of Finance), Karel Lannoo (CEPS)

  • Meet the Experts Use-it-Wisely: improving the quality of products and product-based services

    A ERC-project enabling European manufacturers to produce products and services capable of adapting to rapidly changing markets, the changing business environment, and customer goals. Gran Granholm (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

  • MEET THE EXPERTS Art & Culture 3.0 - A new meaning of strategy for your business

    How are art & culture means for unleashing soft power, making teams working better together and improving internal and external communication? Johanna Suo (Ifa laboratory), Prof. Hans De Wolf (VUB)

  • MEET THE EXPERTS Meet 10 Innovators of ERC

    Meet and get inspired by top innovators from all over Europe who have been funded by European Research Council. Prof. Valeria Nicolosi (Trinity College Dublin), Prof. Deniz Kirik (Lund University), Prof. Davide Ianuzzi (VU Amsterdam), Prof. Harvey Whitehous (University of Oxford), Prof. Kevin Foster (University of Oxford), Prof. Nicola Pugno (Universita Degli Studi Di Trento)

  • MEET THE EXPERTS The impact of Brexit on British citizens' values, consumption, economic and social behaviour

    How will the Brexit influence the future social, economic and consumer behaviour in years to come? Prof. Michael Bruter (LSE)

  • MEET THE EXPERTS Which outcomes for the ProSEco project?

    Presentation of ProSEco, a project providing means for collaborative product-services & production process design. Ana Arroyo (Technalia)

View the European Business Summit Video

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:

Jeroen Dijsselbloem at EBS2016

"The only thing businesses need to invest more long term in Europe is confidence."

Jeroen Dijsselbloem at EBS2016
Eurogroup President
Donald Tusk at EBS2016

"It's a good coincidence that at this difficult - perhaps even dramatic - time in the history of the European Union, I have the opportunity to address business people, entrepreneurs and managers.”

Donald Tusk at EBS2016
President of the European Council
Mission of Canada to the EU at EBS2016

"Perfect timing to discuss CETA in a business friendly environment."

Mission of Canada to the EU at EBS2016
Canadian Representation in Brussels