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. 

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.

On the 6th May, the roundtable entitled Clean Technologies for a Greener Europe was held at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. This session welcomed leading CEOs and policymakers including European Commission Vice President and EU Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment, and Competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen; Cefic President, Daniele Ferrari; ABInBev Innovation and Technological Development Director Europe, David de Schutter; European Environmental Bureau Director for Global Policies and Sustainability, Patrizia Heidegger; Fuels Europe Vice President and Member of the Board, Philippe Ducom and Engie Electrabel Chief Information Officer, Marc-Grégoire Lallemand shared their thoughts on how to best use clean technologies to move towards greater sustainability whilst highlighting what else needs to be done. An important aspect reflected in this debate is the need to rethink product policies and eco-design standards.

Bringing the citizens to the heart of the debate, our guest speakers addressed how to strengthen public engagement and acceptance in the race to innovation? This roundtable was held on the 6th May from 9h15 - 10h45 in the Arenberg room in the Egmont Palace, Brussels.   Robert Schröder, Member of Cabinet, Commissioner Moedas for Research, Science and Innovation; Philip Boucher, Policy Analyst for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) at the European Parliament; Adam Bowen, Founder of JUUL Labs; Martin Villig, Founder and CEO Bolt (former Taxify) and Jacques Pelkmans, Senior Research Fellow at CEPS all contributed in bringing their perspective to the debate. Key questions included:   - What are the incentives for citizens and employees dreaming of entrepreneurship?  - How can EU regulation stimulate rather than hinder innovation?

On the 7th May, the European Business Summit organised a roundtable discussing a crucial topic for Tomorrow's Europe: how to strengthen the European Union's trade strategy in a perplexing global economy? The speakers addressed in depth how the European Union should position itself in the emerging international competition and whether the modernisation of the EU's defense instruments is sufficient.

Over the past few years, digital platforms have grown and have taken their place within the EU and the global economies. On May 6, EBS 2019 hosted a roundtable focused the how to strengthen the online platform economy in the European Union. For this panel, the Arenberg room of the Egmont Palace hosted high-level speakers to speak about and debate the main topics of the online platform economy.

In the lead up to the 2nd edition of the EU-Africa Business Summit, which will take place on 28-29 November in Marrakech, an EU-Africa Brussels' Roundtable was held in the morning of the first day of the European Business Summit 2019.This Roundtable was the result of an initiative promoted by H.E. Didier Reynders, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. In attendance was approximately 180 guests from across Africa and Europe, representing both the public and private sectors in a wide array of industry. 

On May 6, 2019, the Chinese Mission to the EU, the European Business Summit (EBS) and the Facilitating Center for Building the Belt and Road of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China jointly held the Belt and Road Initiative 6 Years On: Towards Higher-Quality Development Roundtable in Brussels. H.E. Ambassador Zhang Ming, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU, and Mr. Nirj Deva, Chairman of the EU-China Friendship Group of the European Parliament and Executive Chairman of the Belt and Road Initiative Policy Coordination Committee, delivered keynote speeches to an audience of over 300 participants from political, business and academic sectors of China and Europe.

Natural gas is a natural ally on the road to a low-carbon economy By Paul Corcoran, Chief Financial Officer, Nord Stream 2 AG The EU’s Energy Union Strategy has quickly become one of the Juncker Commission’s most consequential political initiatives. Now that we are nearing the end of its term, the European Commission declared that progress on the Energy Union has “increased the security of energy supply and improved the overall resilience of the EU’s energy system to external energy shocks.” At the same time, climate policies have become much more important than anyone would have imagined at the beginning of the outgoing Commission’s term.

We are delighted to invite you to an interactive conversation with Dr. Laszlo Palkovics organised in the context of the European Business Summit, in collaboration with the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union. This informative event, moderated by Mr. Matthew Newman, MLex Senior Correspondent, will focus on 'Hungarian Economic Competitiveness: Results and Future Directions' and will be followed by an audience questions and answers session. To learn more join us on May 7th at 2.45pm in the Arenberg Room.

In November 2018, a new movement was created known as the Yellow Vests or Yellow Jackets movement that fights against the rising cost of oil and the high-cost of living. Today, after almost six months of protests, the Yellow Vests movement is still ongoing every Saturday. The ideology has spread beyond the French borders and has caused protests in Belgium, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, the United Kingdom, Italy to name a few. To learn more about the movement join an Agora session on 7 May 2019 from 11:30 to 12:30pm. The session will feature François Boulo, the legal spokesman of the Yellow Vests and Philippe Van Parijs, Political Philosopher & Political Economist at Oxford University and UCL. Check out our full program and all the speakers that will share their views at EBS 2019.

Over the past decades the gap between EU citizens and the EU institutions has increasingly widened. In November 2014, it was one of the subjects of Jean-Claude Juncker’s inaugural speech and continues to be a major issue both inside and outside of the institutions. To combat this gap, citizen’s participation in European’s activities needs to be reimagined for the future. During the 19th edition of the European Business Summit, high-level speakers will find solutions to bridging the gap between European’s citizens and EU institutions. An agora dealing with this theme will occur on Day 1 at 4:15 pm. 

Within a world of increasing economic uncertainty, ideas like the Blue Economy provide innovative solutions for a planet that is increasingly running out of resources and time. The “Blue Economy” is an economic concept based on the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and ocean ecosystem health. Key to this concept are the ideas of sustainable fisheries, better waste management to help oceans regenerate, improved marine transport and sustainable marine energy including off-shore windfarms and wave power. 

In the context of Tomorrow's Europe, many lingering questions remain about the future of work in the context of the 4th technological revolution. Skills at Work in 2030 is an Agora Session co-hosted with Bantani Education to discuss the future skills that will be indispensable in the future. Key questions to be discussed include: what makes a worker employable? How can we build and emphasize human skills? What do we need to do in front of the changing models of work? How can companies connect the right people to the right jobs? Skills at Work in 2013 taking place on Day 1 at 2:15 pm.

Even before launching the SDGs, sustainability has always been an important objective across industries. But now, even more than before, businesses’ compliance to and commitment to sustainability has come to the fore in many ways than one. Numerous companies are now actively integrating sustainability principles into their business models, but many are left wondering: How to effectively and efficiently transition to a sustainable business? 

Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of Lithuania joins Kristian Jensen, Minister of Finance of Denmark in a conversation on the New Vision and Alliance for Europe. Denmark and Lithuania are two of the eight northern countries that share a unified position on the creation of the single capital market. These eight countries also share a mutual vision and values. Being Members of the EU is not the only thing that brings them together, both countries are part of NATO as well. Denmark was part of the first enlargement of the UE in 1973 after its creation in 1957. Lithuania joined the EU as well in May 2004. Both countries are not only members of the EU, with Denmark being part of the first enlargement of the EU in 1973 after its creation in 1957 and Lithuania joining the EU in May 2004, but both countries are also part of NATO. Their bond has lead to bilateral relationships and cooperations in the field of defence. The two Ministers from Lithuania and Denmark will discuss the topic of their alliance for a new Europe and bring a fresh vision on the future of Europe. Attend the session on May 6 at 10.15-11.15 at #EBS2019

Following the Royal Belgian Economic Mission to Morocco and the first edition of the EU-Africa Business Summit last year, EBS is now actively preparing for the next edition of this summit to be held on the 28th and 29th of November in Marrakech. This year, the European Business Summit will feature a special EU-Africa Summit roundtable taking place in the morning of the 6th May and focusing on new perspectives in economic relations between African countries and the European Union. Economic integration in Africa is currently underway and gathering speed. In a move towards efficient collaboration between the two continents the roundtable and summit represents the platform for a multi-sectorial dialogue, consolidated at both the political and commercial levels. The Brussels' high-level roundtable will consist of several debates, followed by a private business lunch. This year the roundtable will address issues related to investment opportunities as well as trade exchanges, in targeted sectors such as digital, energy and agriculture. Are you interested in EU-African business opportunities or trade relations? Join the roundtable session on Day 1 at 9.30am.

The European Business Summit is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the European Leadership Awards will return on 6 May at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. After a successful first edition, The European Business Summit (EBS) in partnership with Euronews global news media network will host the distinguished ceremony that recognises outstanding achievements in business, politics, entrepreneurship and innovation.