Following the fruitful collaboration carried out in 2014, the College of Europe and the European Business Summit have now established a three-year knowledge partnership and will cooperate to promote public debate and analysis of European policy-making with an impact on business.
In the framework of this cooperation, the students of the European Economic Integration and Business (EEIB) specialisation together with other College of Europe students have been invited to act as discussants at the European Business Summit and to edit reports on workshop discussions.
The European Business Summit (EBS) 2015 will take place on 6 and 7 May in the Palais d’Egmont in Brussels and will look at ‘Europe 4.0 – Delivering a vision for the future of Europe‘. The summit will focus on how the industry and the society are impacted by the digitalisation: the driving force behind the fourth industrial revolution.
The EBS, now in its 13th year, is the annual forum for business leaders and decision makers in Europe. It is an initiative of BUSINESSEUROPE and the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB). Every year it attracts about 2000 participants including CEOs, Heads of State, Presidents of the European Commission and European Council, European Commissioners, and over 200 journalists. In 2013, José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission described the EBS as playing “a key role in supporting Europe’s large entrepreneurial potential”.
The EBS is an opportunity for policy makers and business leaders to present their priorities – looking beyond the crisis and towards a more competitive and better-functioning Europe. The 2015 summit sessions will cover topics such as the digital economy, industrial policy, financing innovation, an energy strategy for Europe.
On the occasion of EBS 2015, the College of Europe will launch the “Bruges European Business Case Series“, a new and unique collection of business-oriented case studies which analyze the two-way interaction between the European Union and the corporate world. Professors Aime HEENE and Philippe DE BUCK will explain the rationale for these business case studies and the added value of analyzing and evaluating business strategy in response to changes in EU policy.
During the session, the first two published business cases will be presented. They concern E.ON and Vodafone responses to the EU climate and energy package and the EU roaming regulation, respectively.
The knowledge partnership with the EBS brings benefits to the network of the College as well: alumni and College contacts can participate to the two-days conference with a preferred fee. Check the programme of the conference at www.ebsummit.eu and if you wish to register (www.ebsummit.eu/registration) you can mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and get a promo code for a 50% reduction on the registration fee.