Business leaders meet at the European Business Summit

BUSINESSEUROPE and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium will host the 8th European Business Summit (EBS) on June 30th and July 1st 2010, held in Brussels. This platform for EU business debate will count with the presence of presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy as well as many EU Commissioners, EU business CEOs and top executives.

The European Business Summit (EBS) is Europe’s key platform for business leaders and decision makers to debate how to build a more competitive and sustainable European Union. This year, 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.

On June 30th the Presidents' Debate, 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.

European Business Summit 2010 main objectives

  • 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.

Annually, the EBS attracts 2500 participants including CEOs & Top Executives, (Prime) Ministers, European Commissioners, and media. This year many European Commissioners will be participating in the interactive sessions alongside other notable speakers.

Trade and protectionism. Role of WTO

One of the panels of the Summit, featured by Commissioner De Gucht and WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy, will focus on Trade and Growth, and will look at the role of the WTO in constantly constraining protectionist pressures, in the face of the worst economic slump in 80 years. The recently published Commission's 7th Annual Report on trade actions against the EU, shows how these measures are still present in world trade and how harmful they are for growth and economy.

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.