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EBS 2021 - SAVE THE DATE - 17 & 18 NOVEMBER 2021

European Business Summit 2020 Edition

Rebooting the European economy:
Towards a green, digital and more resilient Union

16-17 November 2020

Over 6000 participants attended the European Business Summit 2020 edition! On 16 & 17 November, EBS2020 live-streamed 30 high-level panels and interactive interviews featuring over 60 high-level speakers from business, policy, civil society, and academia!

Among the highlights of the European Business Summit 2020 edition:

  • EBS2020 kicked off with an interview to Alexander de Croo by Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg TV reporter. The Prime Minister of Belgium discussed how the Belgian government is supporting citizens and businesses hard-hit by COVID19.
  • Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President for Economy and Trade, spoke at EBS2020 on reviving the transatlantic relationship as the EU and the US work together as strategic partners to face challenges in the economy, trade, security, and other areas of cooperation.
  • “We need to restructure the economy in a sustainable way.” During EBS2020’s session “How to Reconcile Green and Growth?” Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, highlighted the importance of supporting SMEs through quality regulation.
  • At EBS2020’s session “Digital Education in Europe”, Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth, presented the Digital Education Action Plan, which aims to make digital literacy & skills a key part of our education systems.
  • “Reaching big audiences comes with great responsibilities” highlighted MEP Stéphanie Yon-Courtin at EBS2020’s session “Regulation of Digital Platforms”.
  • Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine, discussed the most interesting issues of the EU-Ukraine trade agenda with journalist Chris Burns during the EBS2020 session “Green and Sustainable: The Future of EU-Ukraine Trade Relationship”.

The recordings of the sessions are already available on the agenda section of this website. This page will also provide you with all the information on the speakers and the highlights of each session.

EBS2021 - SAVE THE DATE - 17 & 18 NOVEMBER 2021

In these challenging times, coming together to debate and discuss Europe’s pressing issues becomes even more important. 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 focus will be on how Europe can unite despite the crisis to reshape our society and boost the economy. In an effort to support the economy, the public sector and the private sector will have to join forces to restore confidence and stability on the continent.

EBS 2020’s overarching theme, “Rebooting the European economy – Towards a green, digital and more resilient Union”, illustrates the importance and impact sustainability has on various sectors of our society. The generational challenges – the green and the digital transitions – will be even more important than before the crisis. Therefore, the horizontal issue of ‘sustainability’ will remain central during the November edition of EBS. EBS 2020 will highlight a new approach to business and its focus on sustainable transformation. Therefore, this summit is incredibly timely, able to reflect the EU recovery plan presented by the European Commission and to showcase the positive contribution of businesses in making Europe a green, digital and a more resilient economic model. Through a series of interactive discussions, structured around three themes, EBS 2020 is positioned to present concrete solutions and to encourage strong commitment from stakeholders to deliver on the economic, environmental and social objectives for a sustainable and inclusive Europe.

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The following list will be updated regulary

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



Introducing the European Health Summit

EBS is proud to introduce the European Health Summit entitled “Bolstering healthcare to drive European resilience”, set to take place on 1st December 2020 at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. Why a European Health Summit now? The European Health Summit comes at a critical juncture. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically brought to light the limited coordination between health systems in Europe. In addition, Europe is under extraordinary pressure on a global scale with increasing R&D relocation to other international regions and the acceleration of adoption of innovative medicines elsewhere. It is now critical, more than ever to stimulate discussions, sharing of experiences, collaboration and creating new partnerships is the key to building a more resilient model of healthcare in Europe to ensure the continued well-being of its citizens. With the European Health Summit, we will discuss how to strengthen the healthcare landscape within Europe to avoid future health crisis and economic downturn. Through this new platform, EBS supports a high-level dialogue among the key stakeholders in both policy and business for a long-term perspective. For more information visit: europeanhealthsummit.eu Interested in partnering with us? Contact: Felicia Balan, Project Manager - felicia@ebsummit.eu We hope to see you all in December!  


Takeaways from the 3rd EBS Live Debate: Rebooting the European Economy

The third edition of the EBS Live Debate was held on 22 September 2020, featuring the views of Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for the Economy, Nick Clegg, Facebook Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications, Daniel Gros, Director, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and Chupi Sweetman, CEO and Founder of Chupi Heirloom Jewellery. Moderated by Maria Tadeo, Europe reporter for Bloomberg Television. EBS is proud to promote the public-private dialogue that is especially necessary in these challenging times. We would like to thank all participants who followed along and shared their thoughts on Twitter and Facebook. A big thank you to the speakers and moderator for their valuable discussion. This ‘Rebooting the European Economy’ debate focused on the EU recovery plan. During the debate, the Commissioner underlined the current challenge for the EU will be to ensure the quality of financial assistance’s implementation, providing support for public investments and green and digital reforms in order to help the EU Member States come out of the coronavirus crisis stronger. Besides this financial assistance, SME business owner Chupi Sweetman outlined how the EU should support SMEs by providing mentorship and digital guidance. She also reaffirmed how it is necessary for EU entrepreneurs to change attitude towards failures and the financial system needs to allow businesses to bounce back. When discussing the Digital transformation and competitiveness of the EU, Facebook’s Nick Clegg outlined that social media are part of the digital transformation of the economy contributing to the creation of jobs, generating sales and levelling the playing field for SMEs by enabling them to reach their customers even during the pandemic. Europe needs to ensure the proper implementation of the Digital market and to reduce its fragmentation. This fragmentation, as Daniel Gros explained, is mainly due to the fact that Member States each implement the common regulations in different ways. Therefore, the real challenge for the EU is to monitor the homogeneous implementation of these rules by national administrations and supervisors. The full live debate is available to re-watch on our website: https://ebsummit.eu/debate We hope to see you at EBS on November 16 and 17!


Join EBS2020’s Session on Water Resources Management

EBS 2020 is proud to present its exclusive session focused on water resources management taking place on 16 November 2020. Water scarcity has a significant impact on the European economy, affecting industries such as agriculture, industry, and tourism. EBS 2020’s session titled “Natural Capital or how to reconcile Green and Growth: the example of water resources management” will revolve around the topic of water as an entry point into the broader discourse on climate change and how business models can integrate circularity and biodiversity more effectively on a wider scale. This session will offer an inspiring insight from major key-players such as DG Environment Director-General Fink-Hooijer, MEP Pernille Weiss, and the Western Europe President of The Coca-Cola Company, Tim Brett. The session will be part of the EBS 2020 Theme: “Towards a Sustainable and Resilient Europe”, which aims to speed up the action to reconcile short-term economic growth and long-term sustainability of our natural resources. The EBS2020 edition will be presented as a digital event. All EBS2020 sessions will be live-streamed and participants will have the possibility to matchmake and network with other participants online through the Active Online Pass. Register now! ebsummit.eu/registration Partner with us for EBS 2020! Contact our Partnership Managers for more information: Dafné Forni dafne@ebsummit.eu We hope to see you on 16-17 November 2020!