European Business Summit 2015: In search of a vision for the future

Markus J Beyrer Director-General BUSINESSEUROPE

Markus J Beyrer
Director-General
BUSINESSEUROPE

It only happens once a year in Brussels and the time is now. The European business leaders gather presently in the Belgian and EU’s capital for two days to stage the European Business Summit. It started yesterday Wednesday 6 May and is concluding today. The business leaders are taking stock of the present and plan for the future. At the opening plenary session of the EBS 2015 seven business leaders, experts and dignitaries deliberated over the issue of how to “Deliver a vision for the future of Europe”. Seemingly because a clear one is missing.

The opening session

Alexander De Croo Deputy prime minister and minister of Digital Agenda of Belgium, Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission, Jo Deblaere, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Executive-Europe of Accenture, Stephen Fidler, the Brussels Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal as coordinator of the panel Markus J. Beyrer, Director-General of Business Europe, Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO of General Electric they all participated in the opening plenary session of the EBS and worked hard on the thorny issue of shaping a vision for Europe’s future. Marrying European industry with digital economy was the main issues of the discussion. After the panel, Guo Ping, Deputy Chairman of the Board and Rotating CEO of the Chinese giant Huawei, delivered a speech on the digital economy.

The Transatlantic question

It seems that the possibility of concluding or not the ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’ between the EU and the USA is a focal point in shaping the vision for the future of Europe. The same is true even for the future of the entire Atlantic economic volume. The subject was discussed in depth yesterday in the EBS.

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