2019 is a year of change.   European Business Summit is proud to announce Tomorrow's Europe as the theme of its 2019 edition.   Europe is at a crossroads, its time to choose between how to compete within a globalized economy and guarantee its own socio-economic model, between austerity and inclusive growth, and between digital development and job security.   With the European elections and Brexit looming, now is the time to take stock of where Europe stands and to project where we see Europe progressing in the next 5 years.   EBS 2019 speakers will engage with the audience to provoke meaningful discussions around the key issue shaping the future of tomorrow's Europe.    Would you like to partner with us? Please contact our Partnership Managers at partnerships@ebsummit.eu For more information about the programme of the event, please contact Joanna Nowak at jn@ebsummit.eu 

Stemming from the overall theme of EBS 2019, this year's event will concentrate on what the future of Europe will be in the context of the upcoming European elections and post-Brexit.    Key topics at our upcoming edition include:    The Future of Work: skill shortage, education system changes, and engaging youth   New trade opportunities and relations: expanding to Asia, Africa and North America   Energy, the environment and sustainability: energy storage, green energy, water and more   Digitalisation, Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Single Market: Blockchain, technological disruptors and harnessing innovation in Europe Elections and hidden agendas: election meddling, fake news and propaganda's influence on democracy

The members of the EBS Steering Committee met on 12 December to discuss the progress in preparation for the upcoming European Business Summit, taking place on 6-7 May in the Egmont Palace in Brussels.    Arnaud Thysen, EBS Director General, presented the new theme of the event, 'Tomorrow's Europe', together with key topics and ideas for the EBS 2019 publication. The Steering Committee members discussed in detail the roundtable topics suggestions, offering useful feedback in insight into their respective areas of expertise.    We are incredibly grateful to our partners for their ongoing support and we look forward to the next Steering Committee meeting taking place in February 2019.    The EBS Steering Committee is comprised of committed partner businesses, associations, government representations, think tanks and NGOs. Monthly meetings, often with a guest speaker from an EU political institution, are held in the run-up to the European Business Summit to help create the best possible event by gaining suggestions and insight from our partners.   Are you interested in becoming a member of the EBS Steering Committee? Please contact our Partnership Managers at partnerships@ebsummit.eu to find out more! 

The first edition of the EBS Executive Roundtable, with Margrethe Vestager, EU Competition Commissioner as a guest speaker, took place on 26 November in Copenhagen.     Commissioner Vestager met with C- and Board-level executives representing various businesses in Denmark. The discussion, held under the Chatham House rules, focused on competitiveness in the era of digital transformation and the data-driven economy.    The EBS Executive Roundtables are a new initiative by the Brussels-based European Business Summit, aimed at strengthening the dialogue between C-level business leaders and top EU policymakers.   The exclusive, by-invitation-only EBS roundtables will be held in 2019 in France and the Netherlands.    Participants are C- and Board-level industry leaders in conversation with a prominent EU leader. Through this frank dialogue in a closed setting, we hope that policy-makers and businesses can find new ways to collaborate on improving the future of Europe and European business.   For more information about this event and future events please email Joanna Nowak at jn@ebsummit.eu

This high-level roundtable, which took place on May 23, featured Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, Kestutis Sadauskas, Director in charge of Circular Economy and Green Growth at DG ENV, as well as representatives of Coca Cola, Ecoalf and Symphony Environmental Technologies PLC. The panelists discussed a variety of topics including the Commission's Plastics Strategy, the ways in which plastic pollution can be tackled, the challenges facing the industry and the role of the consumers in achieving sustainable management of plastic waste.  Below you will find a summary of the debate, prepared by Dods.

Synopsis: The key takeaways from the digitalization session were that in order to overcome the biggest societal concerns, it is crucial that the education system, private sector and stakeholders are prepared to adapt. More investments need to be made to develop both legislation and skill sets of workers.

Synopsis: The trade strategy session examined the difficulties EU trade is facing within the current economic climate. With a nod to difficulties with trade agreements with the US, the EU focused on the need to diversity to decrease the dependency that currently exists on the American market. The EU-Japan agreement was posed as an example of an agreement that has opened up trade in goods and services to create opportunities for both SME’s and large companies. The next step is to look for different partners to continue these kinds of agreements on the global scale. Below you will find a full summary, prepared by Professor Dr. Sven Van Kerckhoven of Vesalius College.

Synopsis: The high-level rountable discussion focused on the challenges that the retail sector has to face in the age of digitization. The key challenges were the development of e-commerce, difficulties with cross-border activities due to legislative differences, the disadvantages faced by SME’s, and the protection, access and transparency of consumers’ data. The panellists agreed that society at large should be encouraged to adopt a forward-looking approach to their career and adapt the skill set needed to meet the digital challenges. Below you will find a full summary, prepared by Professor Dr. Sven Van Kerckhoven of Vesalius College.  

The roundtable on clean transport in Europe, which took place on May 23, featured representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament and industry. The panellists debated on the future of fuels such as biofuels and hydrogen, as well as electricity and electric vehicles as means to achieve the targets set for emissions reduction by 2025. Below you will find a summary of the debate, prepared by Dods.