European Business Summit (EBS)

8th European Business Summit – EBS


The Future Leadership Institute’s Networking Table at the 8th European Business Summit, Brussels, Belgium

Date: 30 June & 1 July 2010

Venue: TOUR & TAXIS, Brussels, Belgium

Media partner: The Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute*
(*Between 2007 and 2011 the Institute temporarily carried  the name ‘The Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute’)

Organizer: The European Business Summit (EBS) is organised by BUSINESS EUROPE and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium, in close cooperation with the European Commission and the EU Presidency. After seven editions the EBS has truly become Europe’s number one dialogue between business leaders and policy makers.

Topic: “Back on Track”. With the theme “Putting Europe back on Europe”, the 2010 EBS will be a special one. First of all the event moves to June/July to match the transfer of the Spanish to the Belgian EU Presidency. In the presence of officials of both countries, the 8th EBS will mark the closing day of the Spanish Presidency as well as the opening day of the Belgian Presidency. During the festive Gala Dinner the best of both countries in the areas of gastronomy, fashion and culture will be highlighted.

About the European Business Summit (EBS): The EBS is Europe’s key platform for business leaders and decision makers to debate how to build a more competitive and sustainable European Union. Annually, the EBS attracts 2500 participants including CEOs & Top Executives, (Prime) Ministers, European Commissioners, and media.

The goals of the EBS are:

  • To set up a platform for dialogue between the business world and the European political scene;
  • To cover in-depth a ‘hot topic’, through an exchange of views between industry representatives and European decision-makers;
  • To enable SMEs to meet decision-makers face-to-face and to enhance the visibility of their business;
  • To improve companies’ knowledge of European affairs;
  • To create a climate of dialogue and confidence between different actors, including NGOs and academics, in order to reinforce the European social and economic model.

Program :

The two plenary sessions, the Presidents’ Debate and the twelve interactive sessions of this EBS will focus on topics such as economic recovery, financial regulation, trade for growth, the place of Europe in the world, new skills for new jobs, climate change and energy, innovation, clean-tech, Europe’s digital agenda and the future shape of the EU’s socio-economic model.

The Presidents’ Debate, from 17.15-18.30 on 30 June, will feature European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy along with the Presidents of BUSINESSEUROPE and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium.

In addition, many European Commissioners will be participating in the interactive sessions alongside other notable speakers:

Wednesday 30 June:

  • Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, Session IV: ‘Trading for New Growth’  (See more information below)
  • Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, Session V: ‘New skills for new jobs’
  • Commissioner John Dalli for Health and Consumer Affairs, Session VI: ‘Restoring Consumers’ Confidence in the Single Market’

Thursday 1 July:

  • Commissioner for Energy, Günter Oettinger, Session VII: ‘Energy for Europe: Fuelling Growth’
  • Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, Session VIII: ‘Digital Agenda: Connecting Europe’
  • Commissioner for Environment, Janez Potocnik, Session X: ‘Green Innovation: cleaning up Industry or cleaner Industry
  • Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Session XI: ‘Innovating Industry: towards a knowledge-based economy’
  • Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, Session XII: ‘After Copenhagen: a new Climate for Business?’
  • Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani, Closing Plenary:‘Europe in the world: ready to lead?’

Participation of Commissioner for Trade, Mr. Karel De Gucht:
In the margins of the summit, on Wednesday 30 June, Commissioner De Gucht will meet Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, at 17.15.
Earlier, the Commissioner and Mr. Lamy will take part in the panel discussion, ‘Trading for New Growth’, which will look at the role of the WTO in constantly constraining protectionist pressures, in the face of the worst economic slump in 80 years.
Trade remains key to restoring sustained economic growth, but nationalist interests tempt leaders to erect trade barriers. What can Europe do to prevent spiralling trade wars? What is the role of the G20, and the increasingly powerful BRIC countries? How is the Doha development round developing? Pascal Lamy will talk about the latest developments in global trade. The debate will focus on how to protect the (business) world against future protectionism.

Pictures Networking Table The Wall Street Journal Future Leadership Institute:


Left: Mrs. Bieke Van Gool, CBIZ / Right: Mr. Raphael De Ghendt, Unilever


HRH Prince Philippe and HRH Princess Mathilde attend The European Business Summit


Left: Mr. Michael Mathres, Co-Founder World Climate Ltd.


Right: Mr. Larry Moffett


From left to right: Mr. Raphael De Ghendt, Unilever / Mrs. Mary Roll, Career Services Manager Vlerick Business School / Mr. Duane Schulthess, ScienceBusiness.


Standing in the back: Right: Mr. Michael Mathres, World Climate Ltd / Left: Nicholas de Potter, REP

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