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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:

We hope to see you at EBS on November 16 and 17!

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Join the 3rd Edition of the EBS Live Business Debates


EBS is proud to announce the 3rd edition of the EBS Live Debates will be held on 22 September 2020 at 17:00.

This ‘Rebooting the European Economy’ debate focuses on the EU recovery plan and the immediate necessity to restart the economy in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Key to the reboot is the implementation of digital and green solutions and increased trade.

The debate will feature 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)
Chupi Sweetman, CEO and Founder, Chupi Heirloom Jewellery
Moderated by Maria Tadeo, Europe reporter for Bloomberg Television.

Register here to watch the debate.

Ask a question during the debate on Twitter by tagging @ebsummiteurope using #EBSOnlineDebates

Did you miss our previous debates? Re-watch them on our website.

We hope to see you all on 22 September 2020!

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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:

Interested in partnering with us?
Contact: Felicia Balan, Project Manager –

We hope to see you all in December!

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Join the next EBS Live Business Debate with EVP Vestager


EBS is proud to announce the second edition of the EBS Online Debates Series will be held on 16 July 2020 at 10:30 AM CEST featuring Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, moderated by Valentina Pop of The Wall Street Journal.

During the debate, Executive VicePresident Margrethe Vestager will discuss the European Recovery plan amidst COVID-19 and its relevance for the digital agenda, as well as Europe’s commitment to sustainability with the new Green Deal.  Some of the relevant topics will include: lessons learned from COVID including the new European strategy both economic and political, how technology and the digital agenda can help to deliver European New Green Deal commitments and how to level the playing field on the internal market for big Digital players and the regulation of online platforms.

Register here to watch the debate.

Ask a question during the debate on Twitter by tagging @ebsummiteurope using #EBSOnlineDebates

Did you miss our first debate? Re-watch the debate on our website.

We hope to see you all on 16 July 2020 !

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EBS in dialogue with EU Commissioner Urpilainen


On 30 June 2020 Arnaud Thysen, EBS Director General, joined the online debate organised by Friends of Europe on the next generation of Africa-Europe relations and the post COVID developments with Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships.

Africa and Europe have a shared interest in accelerating work on the global agenda for sustainable development and facing together a climate emergency. The Covid-19 crisis is exposing the lack of resilience on the fundamentals of life and the urgency to rethink our common future as Africa and Europe.

EBS confirmed its role in promoting the interaction between European and African business as development and growth enabler of trade between the two continents.

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EBS Live Debate – Thank you for your participation!


The first edition of the EBS online debates entitled ‘How to reboot the European economy: Towards a green, digital and more resilient Union’ was a great success with over 1350 unique participants.

Thanks to our speakers: Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market; Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice; Ilham Kadri, CEO Solvay, Corporate Member of CSR Europe; Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, Port of Antwerp; Sébastien Petithuguenin, Director General of PAPREC, EuRIC; Jason Warner, President Europe, ABInBev and moderator Dan Michaels, Brussels Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal.

Over the 1h30 debate, the speakers discussed Europe’s Recovery Plan, how the business community is committed to Europe’s recovery and the Green Deal Agenda. There was an obvious sense of ‘European spirit’ conveyed in the exchanges, and an overwhelming feeling of collaboration.

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. A big thank you to our partner Huawei Europe and strategic partner Tata Consultancy Services Europe for their support.

The full live debate is available to re-watch on our website:

We hope to see you at our next live debate!

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Save the date for the EBS Live Business Debates


The European Business Summit is proud to announce an online debate series to be held 10-11 June 2020. Over the course of 3 sessions, the business community will discuss and debate with EU Commissioners how to boost the European economy post-COVID and how to move forward with the European priorities for sustainability such as the Green New Deal.

Register for free here to attend the debate:

Interested in debating? Join us!
Contact for more information.

Hope to see you all in June.

For more about the European Business Summit visit

#EBSonlinedebates #business #economy #sustainability

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Business4Change Hackathon to be held at EBS 2020!


EBS is proud to introduce the Business4Change Hackathon, an initiative of the European Commission which will take place on 16-17 November 2020 during the European Business Summit.

Business4Change is a 2-day hackathon contest, organised to ‘hack’ or solve issues businesses are facing in their transition to the circular economy. The hackathon emphasises the potential of social innovation and the role of new business models in the circular economy.

Different teams will compete against each other to come up with innovative and creative solutions to solve a practical challenge related to the circular economy. The challenges are selected in collaboration with challenge owners and experts representing companies, associations, and NGOs. Leading up to the hackathon, selected experts will share their knowledge on the circular economy with the participants. Challenge owners will provide attractive prizes to the winners of the hackathon.

Are you interested in getting your challenge hacked? Would you like to share your expertise with our participants? Join us as a challenge owner or expert!

The European Commission has just launched a call for expression of interest!
Check it out by clicking here.

For more information about the hackathon visit:

#Business4Change #CircularEconomy #hackathon #change

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New Date For EBS 2020: 16-17 November 2020


We are excited to announce that the 20th edition of the European Business Summit (EBS) entitled ‘Transforming Business for a Sustainable Europe’ will take place on 16-17 November 2020, at the prestigious Egmont Palace in Brussels. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the date of EBS has changed from its original date but remains within the calendar year of 2020 in celebration of our 20th year. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and maintain the safety of our participants and partners as the highest priority.

EBS 2020’s overarching theme, ‘Transforming Business for a Sustainable Europe’, is based on the importance of sustainability in business. Through our sessions, including high-level plenaries, expert roundtables, interactive Agora talks, short pitch presentations and networking moments, EBS 2020 will highlight a new approach to business and its focus on sustainable transformation and impact that companies have on societies and the environment.

During this years’ special edition celebrating the 20th anniversary of EBS, and in close cooperation with CSR Europe, EBS 2020 will focus on sustainability and highlight a new approach to business and the impact companies have on societies and the environment, the programme will be organised according to 5 pillars, representing the 5 key issues facing the EU:

  • Towards a Sustainable Europe
  • New Economy Beyond Growth
  • European Digital New Deal
  • Social Progress in Europe
  • New Trade Opportunities for the EU

Hope to see you all in Brussels on the 16-17 November 2020! #EBS2020

Partner with us for EBS 2020! Contact our Partnership Managers for more information:
Dafné Forni

Avisa Memariani


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Final programme announced for Spring Talks edition of EDIS 2020!


As we are approaching the Spring Talks edition of the European Defence Industry Summit, we wanted to share a little more on the programme and speakers for the event.

This years’ the panels of the Spring Talks will start at 2pm. They begin with “Growing Closer to a Defence Union?” Political ideas such as ‘strategic autonomy’ or initiatives such as Permanent Structured Cooperation are paving the way to a closer European Defence Union. Which priorities need to be considered looking ahead? Speakers include Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General DG DEFIS, European Commission; Georgios Bikakis, Director for Concepts and Capabilities, European Union Military Staff; Katalin Cseh, Member of the European Parliament; Emilio Fajardo, Industry, Synergies & Enablers (ISE) Director, European Defence Agency and expertly moderated by Teri Schultz, Freelance Journalist, National Public Radio and Deutsche Welle.

Following this session, EDIS will feature a session on “European Defence Fund-How to Fund Cooperative Capability Development?”. The EU needs to put resources behind its strategic autonomy. It will require a credible vision on cooperative public-private efforts, prioritizing EU financial instruments for innovation, linking R&D initiatives at national level with European-level initiatives such as the European Defence Fund, and identifying the capabilities and technologies that member states need the most. Speakers include Alain Alexis, Head of Unit DG DEFIS, European Commission; Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow, Friends of Europe; Tomáš Kopečný, Deputy Minister of Defence, Industrial Cooperation Division at the Czech Ministry of Defence; Pauline Massart, Deputy Head, CEIS Brussels Office; and moderated by Sebastian Vagt, European Affairs Manager, Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

Our third and final panel for the day will detail “Transatlantic Defence Industrial Cooperation”. The EU faces a series of choices on how to foster future transatlantic cooperation in defence technologies. Will the EU share industrial arrangements and ensure open and accessible defence and security markets? How can the EU and the US collaborate in standards and certification, and promote the best available technologies – regardless of their origins? Featuring Christina Wilén, Defence Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU; Gordon B. Davis Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Defence Investment, NATO; Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament; Rudy Priem, Chair of the AmCham EU Security, Defence & Space Committee; moderated by Bruno Lété, Senior Fellow for Security and Defence, The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Have you not yet registered? Join us by registering here:

We hope to see you on 5 March 2020 to the Egmont Palace in Brussels!
#SpringEDIS #EDIS2020 #defence #europeandefence

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