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...

Peter Praet

European Central Bank
Executive Board Member

Pierre Moscovici

European Commission
Commissioner

Leung Chun-Ying

Hong Kong
Former Chief Executive

Guo Ping

Huawei
Rotating CEO

Michaël Peters

Euronews
CEO

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

Paul Polman

Unilever
CEO

Geneviève Pons-Deladrière

J. Delors Institute Representation in Brussels
Director

Hubert Weber

FoodDrinkEurope
President

Guy Verhofstadt

European Parliament
Member

Karmenu Vella

European Commission
Commissioner

Harry van Dorenmalen

IBM Europe
Former Chairman

Jean-François van Boxmeer

Heineken
CEO

Martin Sorrell

WPP
Former CEO

Robert-Jan Smits

European Commission
Open Access Envoy

Rory Simpson

Telefonica
CLO

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

Johannes Hahn

European Commission
Commissioner

Abdullah Gül

Turkey
Former President

Monique Goyens

BEUC
Director General

Vagit Alekperov

LUKOIL
President

Queen Mathilde of the Belgians

Kingdom of Belgium
Queen of the Belgians

King Philippe of the Belgians

Kingdom of Belgium
King of the Belgians

Reinhard Bütikofer

European Parliament
Member

Markus J. Beyrer

BusinessEurope
Director General

Charles Michel

Kingdom of Belgium
Prime Minister of Belgium

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

Michèle Sioen

CEO Sioen Industries
Former President FEB

Vytenis Andriukaitis

European Commission
Commissioner for Health & Food Safety

Carlo d'Asaro Biondo

Google
President for Strategic Relationships

Chrystia Freeland

Canada
Minister of Foreign Affairs

Carlo des Dorides

GSA
Executive Director

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

Ann Cairns

MasterCard
Vice Chairman

Marco Buti

European Commission
Director-General for Economics & Financial Affairs

Daniel Brutto

UPS
Former President

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl

Director General of DIGITALEUROPE

EBS 2019 Features the Views of
20 Global Women Leaders

This year the EBS Publication showcases 20 Global Female Leaders sharing their views on Tomorrow's Europe.

The authors are: 

  • Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, GirlsCoding, Founder, Nigeria
  • Deanna Bass, Executive Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Procter & Gamble
  • Nayé Anna Bathily, Head, Global Parliamentary Engagement, The World Bank Group
  • Elzbieta Bienkowska,  EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Helena Bjarnegård, Sweden’s first State Architect
  • Pauline Engelberts, Global Chief Operations Officer, ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V.
  • Evelyne Gebhardt, Vice-President, European Parliament
  • Arancha González, Executive Director, International Trade Center
  • Sylvie Goulard, Deputy Governor, The Banque de France
  • Vera Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
  • Ilham Kadri, Chief Executive Officer, Solvay Group
  • Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President and Founder, Woman Political Leaders
  • Anna König Jerlmyr, Mayor of Stockholm, President of EUROCITIES
  • Åshild Hanne Larsen, CIO & SVP, Corporate IT, Equinor
  • Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade
  • Ann Mettler, Head, European Political Strategy Centre
  • Marlene Mizzi, Member of the European Parliament
  • María Jesús Montero Cuadrado, Minister of Finance, Spain
  • Marjan Oudeman, Board Member of Solvay SA
and various other international companies
  • Chetna Sinha, Founder and President, Mann Deshi Foundation
  • Devika Mahadevan, Head, Strategy & Communication, Mann Deshi Foundation
  • Sophie Wilmès, Minister of the Budget, Civil Service,
in charge of the National Lottery

The full publication will be released at EBS on May 6 and 7 2019. 

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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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Antonio Tajani

European Parliament
President
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Philippe Lamberts

European Parliament
Member
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Jean Pierre Clamadieu

Engie
Chairman
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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
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André Sapir

Bruegel
Senior Fellow
  • During an interesting conversation with H.E. Gordon Sondland, the United-States’ Ambassador to the European Union, he elaborated upon the United-States’ perspectives on "The Future of Transatlantic Economic Relations" which took place on 7th May at the Egmont Palace.

  • The European Business Summit was pleased to welcome Lithuania's Finance Minister, Vilius Šapoka, and the Danish Finance Minister, Kristian Jensen. They elaborated together on "The New Visions and Alliances for Europe" which took place on 7th May at the Egmont Palace.

  • During an animated Meet-the-expert session, Benjamin Hartmann the Legal Adviser and Head of the Institutional Team at the European Political Strategy Center (EPSC) shared his views during the session entitled ‘EU’s Industrial Policy Post Siemens-Alstom’. The session was based on the European Commission’s decision taken in February 2019 to prohibit Siemens’ proposed acquisition of Alstom which has triggered a new phase in Europe’s ongoing debate on industrial policy.