EU-Africa Business Summit

European Business Summit 2021 26 & 27 OCT 2022 - HYBRID EVENT
Beyond recovery
Towards a sustainable & innovative future

Slide How can Europe scale up research and development of new clean technologies to achieve net-zero emissions?
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Slide Taking one more step towards fiscal transparency, 130 nations agreed to introduce an international tax on multinational companies at a 15 percent rate. What implications will this have for large and small businesses, for trade and for competition? Join OECD’s Zayda Manatta and MEP Philippe Lamberts to discuss the G20’s global tax deal Partner with us! Slide Join Commissioner Wojciechowski to discuss the challenges facing European food production. Farm to fork: How can the agricultural sector achieve the 50 % reduction in the use of chemical pesticides? Partner with us! Slide EU Vice-President Jourova will discuss the digital transition at the upcoming European Business Summit. Big tech regulation, protecting democracy, battling disinformation: how can European companies face digital challenges? Partner with us! Slide EU Ambassador to ASEAN Igor Driesmans and EEAS’ Deputy Secretary General Helena Konig will discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing European businesses in the competition for ASEAN markets. The Indo-Pacific region: a hidden gem for EU trade?

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Slide The Cop26 is aiming for key commitments from world leaders to drastically reduce CO2 emissions within the next decade, which will determine whether the Paris agreement’s goals will be met. Partner with us! Don’t miss EBS’ Conversation with Pascal Canfin: Is the Cop26 Summit ambitious enough?

Slide Tune in to see what France’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clèment Beaune, has to say. Partner with us! With Slovenia’s presidency coming to an end, France is next in line to take over the presidency of the Council.

Slide Check out his discussion on creating a sustainable economy, recovering from Covid-19, and more. Partner with us! OECD Secretary General, Mathias Cormann, will share his thoughts on the current state of the EU’s economy.

Slide Check out Sir David Attenborough’s thoughts on what additional measures are needed Partner with us! Beyond the Green Deal’s Zero-Net Objectives: can we still avoid sea level rise?


Beyond recovery: Towards a sustainable and innovative Europe

This pivotal year for Europe’s recovery has brought many challenges as well as new perspectives and opportunities for transformation, which have made coming together to debate and discuss Europe’s pressing issues more important than ever. As it has done for over 20 years, the European Business Summit is uniquely positioned as a debating platform for policy, business, and academia.

This year, the European Business Summit will highlight Europe’s ongoing digital and sustainable shifts and its renewed cooperation with longstanding partners and neighbours – three major axes critical for the global recovery.

Through a hybrid event combining a physical and online participation, this edition will be very timely to reflect on businesses’ contribution to the EU’s economic recovery plans, the Green Deal, and the post-Covid-19 roadmap. The new format of the Summit will include an in-person event with limited attendance and exclusive networking opportunities as well as the live-streaming of each panel discussion and interview.



Frans Timmermans

Executive Vice President
for the European Green Deal

Josep Borrell

High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs & security policy/Vice President of the European Commission

Kadri Simson

Commissioner for Energy

Alexander De Croo

Prime Minister of Belgium

Olivier Guersent

Director General of DG COMP

Clément Beaune

French Secretary of State for European Affairs

Anna Gumbau

Journalist & Event Moderator, EU Climate & Energy

Virginijus Sinkevicius

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Avi Goldfarb

Rotman Chair in Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare, University of Toronto

Archana Jagannathan

Senior Director Sustainable Packaging, Pepsico Europe

Miapetra Kumpula Natri

Member of the European Parliament

Henrik Hololei

Director General of DG MOVE

Matt Brittin

President, EMEA Business and Operations, Google

Aniek Moonen

Chair of Dutch Youth Climate Movement

Maxfield Weiss

Executive Director CDP Europe

Cybelle Buyck

Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs Europe, AB InBev

Philippe Lamberts

Member of the European Parliament

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Oleksandr Kryvosheyev

Vice President Corporate Affairs at JTI

Pascal Canfin

Member of the European Parliament

Gaëtan Bonhomme

Investor in Climate Tech, Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe

Mathias Cormann

OECD Secretary General

Maria Leptin

President of the European Research Council 

Julio Kong Yu

Vice President of Europe Government and Public Affairs, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Dragos Pislaru

Member of the European Parliament

Elisabetta Siracusa

Principal Advisor, DG FISMA

Hans van der Loo

Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Integrated Economic Research & EU STEM Ambassador

Andrea Renda

Senior Fellow, CEPS

Oliver Bethell

Director, Google Competition

Siada El Ramly

Director General of DOT Europe

Pascal Saint-Amans

Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

Mauro Petriccione

Public Sector Global Industry Leader, Capgemini

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele

Former Vice-President of the IPCC

Markus Reinisch

VP Public Affairs EMEA, Meta

Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament

Jiří Šedivý

EDA Chief Executive

Sir David King

Founder and Chair of the Centre for Climate Repair, University of Cambridge

Meabh McMahon

Euronews Reporter

Janez Potocnik

Co-Chair of the UN International Resource Panel

Vera Jourova

Executive Vice-President for Transparency

Teri Schultz

EU Defence Reporter

Jacob Ruiter

CEO EIT InnoEnergy Benelux, Head of the European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Center

Dave Keating

EU journalist

Thomas Reynaert

Managing Director, Airlines for Europe

Kris Peeters

EIB Vice-President

Valdis Dombrovskis

Executive Vice President of the European Commission

Pastora Valero

Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, EMEA, Cisco Systems Inc.

Dan Michaels

Brussels Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal

Shada Islam

Brussels-based commentator and analyst

Stéphanie Yon Courtin

Member of The European Parliament 

Chris Burns

Independent Journalist and Presenter

Fiona Scott Morton

Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management

Wouter van Dieren

Club of Rome

Harald Sverdrup

Norwegian Resource Expert

Silvia Amaro

CNBC Correspondent

Thomas Meth

Executive Vice President, Enviva

Maria Tadeo

Bloomberg Correspondent

Martin O'Neill

Vice-president for Strategy, GE Gas Power

Lucilla Sioli

Director for Digital Industry at European Commission

Jan Pie

Secretary General, ASD Europe

Alfred Kammer

Director of the European Department at the International Monetary Fund

Jack Parrock

Independent Correspondent and Presenter

Luisa Santos

Deputy Director General, Business Europe

Philippe Ducom

President, ExxonMobil Europe

Marc Reinhardt

Public Sector Global Industry Leader, Capgemini

Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General, CERRE

Julia Poliscanova

Senior Director, Vehicles and Emobility, Transport & Environment

Sean Klein

Journalist and Broadcaster, SeanKlein Media Ltd.

Paolo Glerean

Chairman of Recyclass

Sir David Attenborough

Broadcaster and Natural Historian

Igor Driesmans

EU Ambassador to ASEAN

Luc Tholoniat

Director for Economies of the Member States, DG ECFIN, European Commission

Javier Espinoza

Financial Times Correspondent

Arnaud Thysen

Director General, European Business Summits



3rd Edition of EHS Task Force Public Debate

The first edition of EHS Task Force Public Debate on "Rare Diseases, Advanced Therapies - with the Focus on Gene Therapy" gathered 7 renowned experts from the health sector and attracted many viewers.  We extend our special thanks to our speakers and viewers and wish to meet again at the European Health Summit on 9 December 2021.  https://vimeo.com/572564621 AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTSProf. Michel Goldman, President, Moderator, President I3h Institute: "Now that the pandemic is more or less under control, it is time to address major public health issues and especially rare disease research." Irene Norstedt, Director, People Directorate, DG RTD, European Commission: "Rare disease is a very challenging area. We must collaborate with all sectors at both EU and global level. The EU has already invested quite heavily & will continue to fund research." Simone Boselli, Director of Public Affairs at EURORDIS: "We are preparing our patients to give input that is timely and effective through training. Meaningful patient input and engagement at all levels are important also for clinical trials." Dirk Vander Mijnsbrugge, Vice President, Medical Affairs Lead Rare Diseases at Pfizer: "The Covid-19 pandemic created a sense of urgency which led to an unprecedent level of collaboration, openness & willingness to implement innovative thinking & transformative procedures. Hopefully we will take these lessons learned and apply them to gene therapies." Kaja Kantorska, Policy Officer Pharmaceuticals, DG SANTE, European Commission: "We're reforming the big pharmaceutical regulation according to three main goals: ensuring timely approuval, enhancing and boosting the development of innovative products and providing better medicine access to patients." Brieuc Van Damme, Director-General Healthcare at RIZIV-INAMI: "It is important to facilitate early dialogue between industry, payers & regulators where all actors share their expectations about what they are willing to pay. Contractual pacts can be used to that end." Prof. Hildegard Büning, President, European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy: "We have to address three issues: access of patients to the therapies, improving the current therapies and dealing with manufacturing issues." See All Highlights For more information, contact Felicia Balan, Project Manager felicia@ebsummit.eu / +32 (0)2 645 3 484 SAVE THE DATE - EUROPEAN HEALTH SUMMIT - 9 DECEMBER


Rethink Digital Summit 2021 – Thank you for your participation!

The 2021 Edition of Rethink Digital Summit took place on 25 May. The Summit live-streamed 10 exclusive panels and interactive interviews featuring over 35 prominent speakers from business, policy, civil society, and academia. We thank the speakers and participants for attending the ReThink Digital Summit 2021 edition, titled "Shaping Europe's Digital Future"! Shaping Europe’s digital future is both a priority and a challenge for the European Union, which aims to be at the forefront of innovation while protecting consumers and ensuring the markets’ fairness. During the Rethink Digital Summit, the hot questions in the EU digital agenda were addressed: • How to mitigate online risks while preserving the digital ecosystem? • What role for national enforcement bodies? • How to encourage cooperation between Member states? • What international implications will market regulations have? Replay Rethink Digital Summit! AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS Cédric O, French Secretary of State for the digital Economy: "The EU has to decide its future on its own, independently of the US administration. What legal framework do we want? What balance between innovation & regulation? It's our deal!" Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, Member of the European Parliament: How soon do you expect the Digital Markets Act to be implemented? "The sooner the better! Hopefully for the French presidency of the EU in the next semester. We have to make sure we develop a flexible & efficient legal tool to regulate gatekeepers." Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice and AI: "The new US administration is more open for discussion at a multilateral level. We want to engage with the US on enforcing citizens' rights in case of a violation of data protection." Anne-Marie Engtoft Larsen, Denmark's tech Ambassador: "Denmark launched a strategy for tech diplomacy to put governments back in the driver seat to build our shared technological future. Democracy on a global scale is challenged." Tommaso Valletti, Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School:"Europe has to define its own model of data ownership. We are not forced to choose between the US or the Chinese models, an alternative is possible." View All Highlights


1st Edition of EHS Task Force Public Debate

The first edition of EHS Task Force Public Debate on "Pandemics and Vaccines, Hera Incubator" gathered 7 experts from the health sector and attracted over 200 viewers.  We extend our special thanks to our speakers and viewers and wish to meet again at the European Health Summit on 9 December 2021.  https://vimeo.com/540608066 AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTSPierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General, DG SANTÉ, European Commission: “With funds from the European Commission, the HERA Incubator has created a clinal trial network in the EU to speed up the authorisation process for a new variant vaccine.” / “HERA will focuse on COVID but also on future pandemics by monitoring the situation, anticipating the issue and providing the necessary measures."Maria Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament: “We need more investment in the health ecosystem to be able to transform the knowledge in solutions in a short time and in an effective & affordable way. We need to reduce the bureaucracy & the market fragmentation."Luc Debruyne, Strategy Advisor to CEO, CEPI & Former CEO, GSK Vaccines: “2021 is a complex year because it is all about the virus behaviour and its effect on the vaccination strategies. We are turning to a regional approach. CEPI will be an enabler to make sure we deal with this pandemic in a global and collaborative way.”Heike Galbraith, Pfizer, Global Director rare diseases and vaccines: “I can only support the use of artificial intelligence & IT in improving clinical trials. The protection of Intellectual Property rights plays a big role, we wouldn’t have had the vaccines so quickly without it." / "The power of collaboration is a key learning from this pandemic."Sam Proesmans, Advisor to the Belgian Prime Minister: "As Member States we should have some self-reflection: What are we best at and how we can contribute to HERA?" / "We need to coordinate across borders on the healthcare response. A better coordination on all levels will be beneficial to all member states.”Elena Bonfiglioli, Microsoft, Regional business leader health and life sciences EMEA: "We need to make sure to invest in the resilience of the health system. We need to build something that will equip our response better and faster as we go forward." / "We need to continue thinking on transparency for vaccine planning, to give clarity of what's happening, and to provide a real time response to the citizens' demands. We need to share sequencing data at European level.” See All Highlights For more information, contact Felicia Balan, Project Manager felicia@ebsummit.eu / +32 (0)2 645 3 484 SAVE THE DATE - EUROPEAN HEALTH SUMMIT - 9 DECEMBER

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