European Business Summit 2021 17 & 18 NOV. 2021 - HYBRID EVENT
SAVE THE DATE Building a more sustainable, digital
and resilient Union


Building a more sustainable, digital and resilient union

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 – two major axes critical for the global economic recovery, to develop resilient healthcare systems, as well as to improve Europe’s efficiency in the fields of energy and agriculture. Keeping our continent at the forefront of innovation on the world stage will require efforts and investments from both the public and the private sector; but creating social acceptance will also be key to broaden the use and the efficiency of these new technologies. Together, key figures from business, policy, civil society and academia, will think of innovative solutions to create trustworthy ecosystems, integrated markets within the EU and an inclusive environment for companies, citizens and consumers alike.

Through a hybrid event combining a physical and online participation, this edition will be very timely to reflect on the implementation and the business’ contribution to the EU’s economic and social recovery plan, the Green Deal, and to discuss 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


Building a Sustainable Economy

Rebooting the European economy is the number one priority within the European Union. A strong economy is necessary in order to develop the EU’s resilience and tackle the challenges ahead. Not only is short-term recovery essential, but long-term strategies are also to be put in place to ensure that the EU achieves its ambitious
climate objectives, remains a leading actor worldwide but also builds an inclusive economy that works for its citizens and consumers. In this light, several overarching priorities including financing the research and development of innovation will be key to implementing the Green Deal, in the energy and the agriculture sector – among others – while leaving no one behind.

Keywords: #Sustainability #Recovery #EnergyTransition #Agriculture #Investment #Innovation 

Developing a Reliable Online Ecosystem

The EU’s transition to the digital age is one of the biggest challenges of the decade, which will undoubtedly require a cooperative relationship between big tech and the European institutions. From regulating platforms and content as well as high-risk artificial intelligence, to fostering new innovative digital technologies, there are many opportunities to help businesses adapt to this fast-evolving ecosystem. Protecting consumers from cyberthreats, illegal data mining and harmful content is indeed critical to the EU’s competitiveness, sovereignty and attractiveness.

Keywords: #Cybersecurity #DMA #DSA #ArtificialIntelligence #Data #DigitalTransition

Europe’s Strategic Partnerships on the Global Stage

Strategic autonomy has fast become one of the EU’s most pressing objectives on the international stage. Indeed, the pandemic has shown the importance of controlling supply chains but also of building strong and stable partnerships with Europe’s neighbours and partners based on solidarity and cooperation. Broder market access and new trade opportunities are key to strengthening Europe’s role abroad and protecting its interests. How will the EU adapt to the post-pandemic international order, which will notably be shaped by a new transatlantic relationship?

Keywords: #StrategicAutonomy #SupplyChains #TradePartnerships #EUChina #EUAfrica #TransatlanticRelationship #Healthcare



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. 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 / +32 (0)2 645 3 484 SAVE THE DATE - EUROPEAN HEALTH SUMMIT - 9 DECEMBER


Join the 2021 Rethink Digital Summit

EBS 2020 is proud to present the 2021 edition of the ReThink Digital Summit, titled “Shaping Europe’s digital future” which will take place on 25 May 2021.   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 will be 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? During the Summit's ten sessions, leading business figures, influencers and policymakers will be brought together for constructive debates. Panels will include top-level business speakers from Microsoft, Salesforce and Cisco Systems Inc. among others. European Commission officials including Commissioner Didier Reynders and Director General of DG COMP Olivier Guersent, as well as Members of the European Parliament will participate in the panels and interviews. EBS will also have the privilege of including an exclusive interview with Cédric O, the French Secretary of State for Digital Economy. Digital policy specialists from think tanks and academia will bring their expertise into the panels. The sessions will be moderated by renowned reporters from the Wall Street Journal, Euronews and Euractiv. The Rethink Digital Summit will be presented as a digital event. All sessions will be live-streamed and participants will have the opportunity to rewatch the sessions on the website after the event. Join the ReThink Digital Summit to discuss key questions on the future of the digital sector! Register Now!


EBS Live Debate with Michel Barnier

"Europe after Brexit: What's next?" - EBS Live Debate with Michel Barnier, Brexit Chief Negotiator and Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg Reporter The EBS Live Debate with Michel Barnier, Brexit Chief Negotiator and Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg Reporter, titled "Europe after Brexit: What's next for Business" took place on 11 February 2021. The debate attracted 1672 viewers and was mentioned in several journals such as: Bloomberg – Barnier Signals More Delay for London Banks Eyeing EU Market The Express – I’m watching you! Michel Barnier sends Boris fierce warning over Brexit rules The Telegraph – companies to sneak into EU, says Michel Barnier Sky News – Brexit: Barnier stands firm on financial services as Amsterdam claims win over City The Irish Times – Difficulties in the North due to Brexit, not protocol, insists Barnier Reuters – EU’s Barnier: UK must accept what Brexit means, deal on N.Ireland The Independent – UK, EU meeting in bid to calm post-Brexit trade turbulence The Parliament Magazine – Michel Barnier questions ‘level of truth, communications and clarity’ in UK about the impact of Brexit The Times – Brussels monitoring City firms for post-Brexit rule-breaking Financial Times – Bailey’s tough talk on EU raises City worries over post-Brexit access The EBS Live Debate with Michel Barnier was also live-streamed by Bloomberg TV! Access all EBS Live Debates For partnership opportunities, contact Dafne Forni, Partnership Manager, 


European Commission

Frans Timmermans

Executive Vice-President
for the European Green Deal

European Commission

Valdis Dombrovskis

Executive Vice-President for Economy and Trade

European Commission

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Innovation and Youth

Xie Zhenhua

Special Advisor for Climate
Change Affairs (MEE) of China

Belgian Government

Alexander De Croo

Prime Minister of Belgium

European Commission

Margaritis Schinas

European Vice-President

European Commission

Jutta Urpilainen

Commissioner for International Partnership

European Commission

Vera Jourova

Vice-President for Values and Transparency

International Institute

Didier Reynders

Commissioner for Justice

Adina Valean

European Commissioner for Transport

European Parliament

Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament

European Commission

Pierre Delsaux

Deputy Director-General, DG DEFIS

Cabinet of EU Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen

Lora Borissova

Senior Expert

European Defence Agency

Jiri Sedivy

Chief Executive

European Commission

Salla Saastamoinen

DG JUST Acting Director General

European Business Summits

Arnaud Thysen

Director General

University of Namur, Belgium

Anne-Sophie Collard

Professor of Information and Communication

Danfoss Group

Kjeld Stærk


European Commission

Joanna Drake

Deputy Director-General DG ENV

Daniel Michaels

Brussels Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal