European Business Summit

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European Business Summit
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Formation 2000
  • Brussels, Belgium

European Business Summit (EBS) is an events and conferences organiser, the creator of one of the largest networking and debating events in Brussels – the annual European Business Summit.

About EBS[edit]

EBS was founded in 2000 by the FEB (Federation of Enterprises in Belgium), later joined in support by BUSINESSSUROPE. From the beginning its purpose was to bring together policy-makers and business leaders to discuss contemporary issues affecting the future of Europe, thus helping to improve the decision-making process on the EU-level.

EBS also organises “Back from Davos” events following up on the conclusions and achievements of the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 2018 edition took place on January 30 in Brussels. It took a form of a conversation with Jyrki Katainen - EU Commissioner Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness and Daniela Vincenti, Editor-in-Chief at EurActiv.

Moreover, EBS supports events such as Think Digital, EU Energy Summit and European Defence Industry Summit.

When organising its events EBS works with companies, associations, governments and regional representatives, NGOs, academia and think tanks from across multiple sectors.

Honorary board[edit]

The Honorary Board of European Business Summit consists of a number of esteemed figures with significant achievements in the areas of politics and business. Members of the Board include a former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, the President of BusinessEurope Emma Marcegaglia and the CEO of the Solvay Group Jean-Pierre Clamadieu.

Partnerships and patronage[edit]

EBS, under the provision of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is supported by the FEB (Federation of Enterprises in Belgium) and BusinessEurope. It works under the high patronage of His Majesty the King of the Belgians.

Annual European Business Summit[edit]

The European Business Summit (EBS) is the EBS’ flagship annual event organised in Brussels. Each year the Summit attracts more than 2,000 participants and 200 high-level speakers from over 60 countries, including heads of state and government, European ministers, EU Commissioners, high-ranking individuals, civil society, academia. Since 2014 the Summit is organized in the Egmont Palace in Brussels.

The Summit traditionally lasts 2 days. Focusing on the business agenda, it starts with an Opening Plenary, followed by numerous sessions dedicated to specific topics correlating with key negotiations taking place at the EU-level in a particular year. The sessions take different forms, from big roundtable discussions for around 200 participants, featuring EU Commissioners and high-level officials as speakers, to Agora discussions for around 100 participants, to small “Meet the Expert sessions” which give more opportunity for the audience to interact with the speakers. The Summit concludes with a Closing Plenary. The event is complemented by exclusive lunches and evening gatherings during which all guests have a chance to exchange views and search for new opportunities for cooperation.

EBS 2017[edit]

Last year’s edition took place on May 22–23, 2017 and welcomed a wide range of high-level speakers for key moments including Minister Wolfgang Schäuble who spoke on Europe in a new world, CEO Jean-Pierre Clamadieu on Sustainable Development Goals, former Prime Minister Mario Monti on the future of the European economy, MEP Guy Verhofstadt on the future of Europe, and 10 EU Commissioners speaking on creating a new narrative for Europe.

EBS 2018[edit]

This year’s edition of the Summit will take place on May 23–24 in the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The theme of this year’s edition is “Leading in a changing world: Europe at the forefront of global economic, social and political change”. The discussions will focus on topics such as such as clean industry, ethics, trade, security and defence, digitalisation, energy and Brexit,


Every year the Summit attracts significant media attention, with over 250 journalists from international and European media outlets attending the event. EBS offers media partners an exclusive access to high-level speakers, private interview rooms and assistance in scheduling one-on-one meetings.

List of summits[edit]

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No. Date Theme Location
15 22–23 May 2017 A New Narrative For Europe Palais d'Egmont
14 1–2 June 2016 A Time For Bold Moves - Sharp Policies to Enable Business Solutions Palais d'Egmont
13 6–7 May 2015 Europe 4.0 - Delivering a vision for the future of Europe Palais d'Egmont
12 14–15 May 2014 The Business Agenda 2014 – 2019: Rebuilding a Competitive Europe [1] Palais d'Egmont
11 15–16 May 2013 Unlocking Industrial Opportunities - An EU Strategy for Competitiveness Autoworld, Parc du Cinquantenaire
10 25–26 April 2012 Skills for Growth Square - Brussels Meeting Centre
9 18–19 May 2011 Leading or Lagging? Tour et Taxis
8 30 June–1 July 2010 Putting Europe back on Track
7 2009 Dare and Care : sustaining Europe's ambitions - Financing, Staffing and Greening
6 2007 Boosting Business in Europe & Europe in Business", 50 Years of Europe
5 2004 Research and innovation: A European strategy for more growth and jobs

'Knowledge partners'[edit]

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