EBS is passionate about your safety. Those who will attend the Summit in person will be provided face masks and hand sanitisers to use at their convenience.   

This year, EBS is different

This year is different; in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, EBS has decided to make a few changes to our format. As scheduled, the European Business Summit will return to the Egmont Palace on the 16th and 17th of November 2020 as a hybrid event. This new event format will include a limited in-person portion of the event alongside live-streaming of keynote sessions and online engagement (+10,000 viewers over the 2 days of Summit). Since the number of in-person spots is limited, please ensure that you have registered online to guarantee your place. EBS is looking forward to welcoming you all to celebrate our 20th edition together in November. 

EBS 2020's overarching theme, 'Transforming Business for a Sustainable Europe', is based on the importance of sustainability. Businesses play an essential role in finding solutions to better the future of our continent. Through our sessions, including high-level plenaries, expert roundtables, interactive Agora talks, short expert presentations and networking moments, EBS 2020 will highlight a new approach to business and its focus on sustainable transformation and impact that companies have on societies and the environment.

Sustainability at the heart of EBS 2020

The overarching theme for EBS 2020 is sustainability. Through our sessions, EBS will highlight a new approach to business with a focus on sustainable transformation and the impact that companies have on both society and the environment. 

Working towards the objectives of a sustainable Europe, EBS is pleased to announce a special partnership with CSR Europe - the leading European business network for Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility. CSR Europe will provide valuable insight as the leader for the sustainability pillar and as a joint partner, providing guidance into how to 'Transform Business for a Sustainable Europe’.


Programme will be organised according to 5 pillars, representing the 5 key issues facing the EU:

Towards a
Sustainable Europe

Reaching a sustainable carbon neutral economy …..

New Economy
Beyond Growth

An increasingly perplexed international landscape …..

European Digital New Deal

The EU is being subjected to unfair competition …..

Social Progress in Europe

 The increased implementation of technologies …..

New Trade Opportunities for the EU

The EU’s trade agreements with countries …..
European Commission

Cecilia Malmström

Former EU Commissioner for Trade

European Commission

Didier Reynders

Commissioner for Justice

European Commission

Pierre Delsaux

Deputy Director General, DG for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS)

European Commission

Maria Angeles Benitez Salas

Deputy Director General for Agriculture and Rural Development

The Wall Street Journal

Dan Michaels

Brussels Bureau Chief


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

European Commission

Carlos Moedas

Former EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

African Union

Victor Harison

Commissioner for Economic Affairs


Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment

Ivory Coast

Marcel Amon-Tanoh

Minister of Foreign Affairs

European Commission

Khalil Rouhana

Deputy Director-General, DG CNECT

SHERPA Project

Laurence Brooks

Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility


Managing Director of Programme Development and Technical Cooperation


Ilham Kadri


European Investment Bank

Flavia Palanza

Director for Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood

Bank of Africa Group

Amine Bouabid

Chief Executive Officer


Chief Correspondent, Trade

African Development Bank

Leila Farah Mokaddem

Country Manager & Resident Representative in Morocco

Republic of Lithuania

Vilius Šapoka

Minister of Finance

European Political Strategy Centre

Ann Mettler

Head of EPSC


EBS Partnerships

Testimonials from previous EBS Partners

On behalf of BASF, we would like to congratulate you and your colleagues for this fantastic event and for the high level of professionalism

Hanna Luczkiewicz
Senior Manager Trade & Industry Policy - EU Government Relations BASF Group

It was a very successful session and thank you for being so responsive to our needs and your hard work. It was a pleasure working with you.

Anita Jennings
U.S. Mission to the European Union

Thank you for the opportunity to be on the judging panel for the awards. The winners were very impressive.

Celia Moore
Honorary Member of CSR Europe

Just a short note to thank you for the invitation to participate at the panel session yesterday. I enjoyed it, and hope the others who attended also enjoyed it!

Paul Skehan
Head of EU Office Pepsico

No doubt did it surpass the previous EBS events, which already were outstanding, this one was really the best event, of all kind, I attended so far.

Robert Jacquet, MSc, PMP
Founder & Business owner of 1 on 1 Executive Search

  Thank you for the opportunity to share some ideas during the event. I would also like to congratulate you on your very skilful conduct of the debates, which was greatly appreciated.

Philippe R. Scholtès
Managing Director at United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


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