Inspiring, insightful, influential

The unique impact of EBS is created by our renowned speakers – political decision-makers, business leaders, members of academia and civil society.

Every year they present a variety of perspectives on the most current issues in Europe. 


Jean-Claude Juncker

European Commision

Mário Centeno


Federica Maria Mogherini

European Commission
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Donald Tusk

European Council

Antonio Tajani

European Parliament

Frans Timmermans

European Commission

Cecilia Malmström

European Commission

Mariya Gabriel

European Commission

Marianne Thyssen

European Commission

Jyrki Katainen

European Commission

Valdis Dombrovskis

European Commission

About the EBS

The European Business Summit is a leading annual platform where key figures from different sectors meet together to discuss current global trends and challenges and their effect on the European Union. With 200 high-level speakers, 50 interactive debates and unique networking opportunities, EBS has become a landmark event in Brussels, attracting 2000 attendees each year.

EBS 2018 main themes

Europe as a global economic leader 

The EU’s role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals, promoting pro-environmental policies and ensuring gender equality.

Trade opportunities in an uncertain environment 

Strengthening trade relations and opening up to new markets.

EU governance and leadership in a changing world 

 The impact of digitalisation on the EU’s internal and external actions.

Join our plenary sessions, roundtables, interactive Agora talks and Meet the Expert conversations. 

23 May

Roundtable: E-commerce - Retail competitiveness in the age of digitalisation
Roundtable: European Year of Cultural Heritage - How business and culture can support each other
Roundtable: Energy/Environment - Clean Transport in Europe
Roundtable: Economy - EU Taxation Policy : Which Impact on EU’s attractiveness and competitiveness?
Agora discussions: Brexit, Young Entrepreneurs, Basic Income, Creativity in business, European Defence and Security 
Meet the Expert:  More fish, more jobs, more money; The Brussels International Business Court, Bot and algorithms, the dark side of online influence; Conflict Minerals, Disater Prevention

24 May

Roundtable: Artificial Intelligence: How will it change the future of work?

Roundtable: Industry - How to digitize EU industry?

Roundtable: Trade - New Trade Opportunities

Roundtable: Innovation - Turning ideas into value for business and society 

Roundtable: Circular Economy - A Strategy for Plastics

Agora discussions: Competing visions of euro-area governance - should the EU strenghten the role of the Commission?, Fake News 

Meet the Expert: Closing the e-skills gap, New Pact for Europe, Data Protection

Networking moments

European Leadership Awards Dinner - 22 May

Business Leaders' Dinner - 23 May

Cocktail Reception - 23 May

Business Leaders' Lunch - 24 May

Success based on cooperation

Every year our partners take an active part in the creation and the shaping of the EBS. Their involvement gives them an opportunity to highlight their priorities in front of a diverse, influential audience, thus allowing them to make an impact on the EU decision-making process.


EBS welcomes partnerships with a variety of companies, institutions and associations, thus reflecting the broad spectrum of perspectives to be voiced at the EBS 2018. 


Strategic partner
With the support of
  • Organised by EBS together with Euronews, European Leadership Awards aim to recognise the most remarkable European leaders. Today marks the start of the public vote during which anyone can decide who merits the title of European Personality, Leader, Entrepreneur, CEO and Innovator of the Year. Cast your vote now on: http://interactive.euronews.com/European-Leadership-Award-2018 To find out more about the awards and purchase your seats for the exclusive gala ceremony taking place on May 22 please visit: http://europeanleadershipawards.eu ...

  • We are delighted to confirm Google as the official partner of the European Business Summit 2018. We will be joining forces once again, this time to organise a very topical roundtable on Artificial Intelligence. Do not miss an opportunity to join us at EBS 2018 on 23-24 May!  ...

  • It is time to reveal more details about EBS 2018 upcoming sessions! We are thus excited to present our roundtable titled Artificial Intelligence - Making its space in our life. As the AI moves away from the realm of science fiction to become a crucial part of business this session will allow you to learn more about its impact on the European and global labour markets. ...

  • In the times when the EU is launching a major offensive against unsustainable use of plastics this extremely topical session had to claim its rightful place at this year's Summit. It has also attracted the attention of top-level EU policy makers and business representatives - a special address to the participants of this roundtable will be delivered by Vice-President of the European Commission Jyrki Katainen while our key partners for this session will be Coca-Cola and Symphony Environmental Services. ...


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:

Practical information

The European Business Summit takes place in the majestic Egmont Palace in Brussels. 


Egmont Palace, Place du Petit Sablon 8 bis, 1000 Brussels


In order to facilitate the registration process, please present your confirmation letter on the day of the event. All guests are asked to pass through security. 


By public transport:
Nearest metro stop: Porte de Namur (Line 2 and 6)
Nearest tram and bus stop: Petit Sablon (93, 92, 95, 27)


By car:
There are two car parks close to the Egmont Palace:

Interparking “Sablon-Poelaert” (Place Poelaert) 
“2 Portes” (Boulevard de Waterloo, 2a)