Created 20 years ago, the European Business Summit has gone from strength to strength becoming a prestigious 2-day event, attended by over 2,000 participants.


The European Business Summits is a renowned organisation that creates and supports networking and debating events in Brussels, including its biggest and most prestigious event – the annual European Business Summit. Our main goal is to bring business and politics together and to stimulate thinking on the most challenging European issues. Through its events and publications, EBS delivers an inspired and informed contribution to policy-making in Europe. EBS is proud to acknowledge the High Patronage of His Majesty the King of the Belgians, as well as the Patronage of Mrs Ursula Von der Leyen,  President of the European Commission, and the Patronage of Mrs Sophie Wilmès, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Foreign Trade.


Our mission is twofold: we aim to bring politics and business together to provide them with an opportunity to debate and pursue their common goals, by giving a voice to both sides, and to provide the European institutions with a platform to highlight their top priorities and accelerate the development of new pieces of legislation through discussions with a variety of European actors and stakeholders.


The annual European Business Summit is one of the most far-reaching and influential debating and networking platforms in Europe, held annually at the Egmont Palace, Brussels. This event attracts over 2,000 participants and 250 high-level speakers. The European Business Summit gives business representatives the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with key EU decision-makers and to demonstrate that business can play a key role in the development of solutions to the most pressing issues in Europe.

EBS 2021

The recent COVID-19 outbreak enabled the European Business Summits to rethink its events formats. Moving forward, the European Business Summit 2021 will take place under a hybrid format: on-site as well as online. Therefore, it will be a combination of the best of both formats: a wide online outreach and exclusive networking opportunities within the walls of the majestic Palace of Egmont.


Thanks to the accumulation of good repute, high calibre standards and an extensive professional network, the EBS Honorary Committee benefits from the endorsement of respected individuals from key institutes and businesses.


Jean Pierre Clamadieu​


European Economic and Social Committee

Baron Philippe De Buck



Baron Daniel Janssen

Former Chairman of the Board


Didier Malherbe

Vice President & Head of Public Affairs

European University Association

Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen

Vice- President

Tata Sons

Natarajan Chandrasekaran


Chairman, KBC Group

Thomas Leysen

Chairman, Umicore

European Commission

Karel De Gucht

Former EU Trade Commissioner, State Minister

International Institute

Yves Leterme

Former Prime Minister of Belgium & Secretary General

European Parliament

Malcolm Harbour

Former MEP

CEO Sioen Industries

Michèle Sioen

Former President FEB

Embassy and Consulates of Belgium in Denmark

Leo Peeters


Cabinet to His Majesty the King of Belgians

Baron Frans Van Daele

Honorary Ambassador, Former Head of Cabinet


André Sapir

Senior Fellow