This year, and looking to the future it is clear that Europe will have to be strategic when it comes to trade. Due to the expansion of emerging markets and the powerful growth of economical leaders, EU needs a new strategic approach. Making alliances, delivering new economic opportunities and opening its trade to new partners are essential steps to assert European trade in the global market once again. Looking to the future, and the theme of this year’s event, Tomorrow’s Europe: Inclusive, Innovative and Interconnected – we need to reassert the power of the third word, interconnected. It is within this interconnectivity that the future of European trade strategy lies.     To learn more about the topic, come to the EBS Session on European Trade Strategy on the 6th and 7th of May 2019 at the Egmont Palace in Brussels!

Nowadays, the clean energy transition is one of the main concerns for Europe (and the rest of the world). The question remains how this concern can turn from a global challenge to local action on the European level. This suggests that Europe has to make strides towards a sustainable and emissions-free future.     The European Commission has recently established environmental targets that will be closer in reach thanks to new technologies and innovation. But above all, to assert its leadership, Europe has to become more competitive, especially when it comes to eco-innovation. It is undeniable that there is a great potential for innovation in the clean energy sector.   Finally, if you want to hear more about these green topics, join us at the EBS 2019 to debate the issues surrounding “Transitioning Towards A Cleaner Europe” on May 6 and 7 in Brussels.

This year, the European Business Summit presents the topic ‘Tomorrow’s Europe: Inclusive, Innovative, Interconnected’. A large part of what the future of Europe, especially in the context of innovation and technology, hinges on the Artificial Intelligence Revolution. With the rapid changes in technology, it is essential that Europe begin to adapt. Two key elements arise out of this adaptation: the creation of appropriate policies to not only bolster innovation but also to maintain that it is ethically sound, and the ability for the workforce to adapt to the use of AI and robotics. Policies need to be put in place so that the technologies are made in a ethical way. There’s a balance to be struck between increasing innovation and decreasing ethical risk. One of the main speculations with the changing technologies is that robots will replace humans in the workforce. As we have seen the workforce needs to quickly adapt to cohabit with these new technologies, and to prove their necessity in business. One of the key components of this is to adapt the current education system. Do you want to learn more about this topic? Join us at the EBS Session on Artificial intelligence on the 6th and 7th of May 2019 at the Egmont Palace in Brussels!

Following a first meeting on 12 December, EBS Steering Committee members met again on 6 February to discuss the progress in preparing the upcoming European Business Summit, taking place on 6-7 May in the  Egmont Palace in Brussels. Arnaud Thysen, EBS Director General, introduced the themes and formats of the event entitled "Europe of Tomorrow." Then the programme team, Charlotte Brett and Eva Sluismans, talked about the issues and challenges facing Europe for each of the roundtables. The most interesting topics for 2019 include Artificial Intelligence, Research, and Innovation in Europe, Europe's Trade Strategy, Brexit and more.  The Steering Committee members discussed in detail the roundtable topics suggestions, offering useful feedback and insights from their respective areas of expertise.  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.

The European Business Summit had the pleasure to organise the Back from Davos event on Monday 28 January 2019 with EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas. The Commissioner, interviewed by Dan Michaels (the Wall Street Journal), offered our guests his takeaways from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Back from Davos participants discussed new global trends, challenges and opportunities impacting tomorrow’s Europe including the General Data Protection Regulation, artificial intelligence, climate change and technological innovation. Are you interested in partnering with us for the next edition of Back from Davos? Email partnerships@ebsummit.eu to find out more. 

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.