“CETA is a game changer for major trade agreements”. The Sting reports live from EBS 2015

Trade has become one of Europe’s main keys to unlock future growth and so it became one of the hottest topics in Brussels’ finest parlour this year. But the message that European Business Summit wanted to launch in 2015 is that when it comes to trade in Europe, it certainly is not all about TTIP. The […]

“TTIP can boost the European project”; the Sting reports live from EBS 2015 on TTIP

As many were expecting, discussions over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) had a high priority at this year’s European Business Summit 2015. Almost immediately after the kick-off of the prestigious summit last week in Brussels, which completed its 15th anniversary this year, an interesting EU-US trade agreement tailor made session was launched. “Is the TTIP compatible […]

Although Greece is struggling to pay salaries and pensions Varoufakis is “optimistic”; the Sting reports live from EBS 2015

The Greek government found a very last-minute solution to pay its debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that was only due yesterday. However, it was last Thursday when Yanis Varoufakis was appearing to be optimistic about Greece’s situation and the overall negotiations with its creditors while attending the European Business Summit (EBS) 2015 where the […]

“The winner is who can accelerate the transition to a new digital era”. The Sting reports live from EBS 2015: a Digital Europe 4.0

The Digital Economy touches every aspect of our society, from the job market and the economy to our social life. The world is changing and who wants to be competitive must adapt quickly. This was the message reinforced at the EBS 2015 Session on Europe and the digital era last week, which was moderated by Bruno […]

“Only through energy policy we can trigger competitiveness”. The Sting live from #EBS2015: Energy Union – When will it happen?

Energy Union has progressively gained importance in the course of the last year and it became one of the European Union’s biggest challenges for the future. Energy is the field where Europe’s next match for growth will be played, and securing supplies, ensuring sustainability and maintaining competitiveness represent the objectives. The new Commission has attracted the public […]

A Sting Exclusive: Towards better business opportunities for the EU and its neighbours, Commissioner Hahn live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Trade and economic cooperation are at the heart of the EU’s relations with our neighbours, and they are both in the EU’s and in our partners’ vital interest. We want to make sure the benefits of economic cooperation […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Change is challenge, change is opportunity”, Commissioner Bienkowska cries out live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs As the global economy shifts to take advantage of digitalisation, so does the European Union have to change to stay competitive.  Digital transformation of industry is an opportunity. The European Commission’s Strategy for Digital Single Market is central in the move towards the digital economy. […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Sustainable development goals: what role for business?” Commissioner Mimica asks live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development In the next few months, the international community will take important decisions that will have a profound impact on how international cooperation and development will be pursued in the years and decades to come. Three major international events will determine the level of ambition and the […]

Europe must regain its place as world leader in digital technology

Written by Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, BUSINESSEUROPE “We cannot solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein. Digital is affecting everything we know. It will change dramatically our lives and our economy. It will impact the way we produce, how we work, our approach to information, […]

AIESEC @ European Business Summit 2015: The power of an individual and how we can awaken Europe’s Youth

Written by Gordon Ching, Global Vice-President and Chief Digital Officer of AIESEC International Young people across Europe are facing extreme difficulties in securing high quality employment, leaving many parts of Europe with a lost generation that is does not live up to its potential. While major EU initiatives have given young people a priority, there […]

A Sting Exclusive: “The Digital Economy and Industry are no longer opposing terms”, Commissioner Oettinger underlines live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society There are few business sectors emerging as fast as the digital economy. Just a year ago almost no one has ever heard of the taxi company Uber or the hotel substitute service Air B’n’B but now almost everyone knows about these two online services. Greater efficiency, the […]

MasterCard at European Business Summit 2015: A focus on innovation will drive inclusive economic growth for Europe

Written by Ann Cairns, President of MasterCard, International Markets This year’s European Business Summit’s entitled “Europe 4.0 – Delivering a vision for the future of Europe” falls on the same day as the general elections in the UK which could prove crucial for the future of both, the UK and Europe. At a time when […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Regional Policy: a fully-fledged investment policy”, Commissioner Cretu reveals live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Commissioner Corina Cretu, responsible for Regional Policy As Commissioner for Regional Policy, I have the important task of ensuring the greatest impact of our policy on the ground in terms of growth and jobs, in line with the objectives of both the Europe 2020 Strategy and the €315 billion Investment Plan. Regional Policy has […]

A Sting Exclusive: “The competitiveness of Europe depends on a digital single market”, EPP President Joseph Daul highlights live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Joseph Daul, the President of European People’s Party (EPP) Our lives are digital. This has changed the way we interact, work, produce, consume and live. We must embrace this digital revolution, as it can lead to sustainable growth and jobs for European entrepreneurs, employees and citizens. Our American friends are using new digital services […]

A Sting Exclusive: “The challenge of Society’s digital transformation”, Spanish Minister of Spain for Industry, Energy and Tourism José Manuel Soria live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Jose Manuel Soria, Minister of Spain for Industry, Energy and Tourism The digital revolution that has accompanied the new millennium is a challenge of major social and economic dimensions. Digital infrastructures and services allow the development of a modern, innovative economic system. This transformational force affects all sectors and industries, and Europe should […]

European Business Summit 15th year: Controversy and Constructive Ideas

Written by Arnaud Thysen, General Manager of European Business Summit It began at the turn of a new millennium, a magnet for top policy-makers and the business world, debating how Europe and the world should adapt to rapidly changing times.  Through dot.com booms and busts, the rise of the BRICs, armed conflicts and terrorism – and […]

Leveraging digital for high quality internships

Written by Sisekelo Sinyolo, director of Marketing at AIESEC in Belgium The digital age has brought us an overload of information. A quick search for quality internships on any search engine presents a list of academic articles which detail what defines quality internships. Searching for the use of digital technologies in improving the delivery of […]

“Decisions taken in the coming weeks will shape Europe’s experience of the internet”, Joe Mcnamee from EDRi says live from European Business Summit 2015

Written by Joe Mcnamee, Executive Director of EDRi The European Union has a strong record in regulating the telecommunications market in a way which supports competition and innovation, increasing choice while bringing down prices. Virtually every European citizen and business reaps the benefits every day. Now, we are faced with a new choice, do we […]

Businesses succeed internationally

Written by Theresa Griffin, British MEP, member of the Committee for Industry, research and Energy In 2014, Liverpool, a dynamic city in the region that I represent, played host to the first International Festival for Business (IFB).  Over 50 days 70,000 people from 92 countries attended 415 business events . £300m worth of investment and […]

European Youth Forum @ European Business Summit 2015: Why interns should matter to business

Written by Allan Päll, secretary general of the European Youth Forum At this European Business Summit the European Youth Forum will be hosting a “Meet the expert session” on quality internships: what can business do?. We hope to meet with and discuss with many businesses how they can improve their internship schemes or start providing decent […]

JADE at European Business Summit 2015

Written by Alexandru Ene, Vice President – Head of Communications at JADE, European Confederations of Junior Enterprises In 2015, JADE Network gets under the lens during one of the largest concentrations of business and political leaders of Europe with one sole purpose in mind: to challenge opinion leaders to go deeper into the subject of Junior […]

The Bank of China at European Business Summit 2015

Written by He Liqin, General Manager of Bank of China (Luxembourg) S.A. Brussels Branch At this wonderful season when nature wakes up, I am glad to come together with our Belgian friends coming from the industry as well as from commercial areas, to enhance our mutual understanding through a deeper communication. As China’s most internationalized commercial […]

“One Belt One Road”: Its relevance to the European Companies

Written by Kening Zhang, Minister for Economic & Commercial affairs, Chinese Mission to the EU Chinese President Xi Jinping raised the initiative of jointly building the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in September 2013, since when it has attracted close attention from all over the world. The initiative to jointly […]

Industry 4.0: Championing Europe’s fourth industrial revolution

Written by Adina-Ioana Valean, Vice-President of the European Parliament Historically, the European continent has been at the forefront of all major revolutions that have radically reshaped and refocused the advanced global economies. From the financial-agricultural revolution of the 18th and early 19th centuries and throughout the continuous industrial and technical progress of the last 200 […]

Philippe de Backer of ALDE at European Business Summit 2015 stresses: “Reinvent your business”

Written by Philippe de Backer, Belgian MEP with ALDE, member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy at the European Parliament European industry is in crisis. Production is 10 percent lower since the economic crisis began in Europe and over three million industrial jobs have been lost. Real actions are still missing, despite declarations, […]

European Business Summit 2014 : The Sting Report, Day II – Business, Politics and EBS 2015

Following the Sting’s report on Day I of the European Business Summit 2014, the report of the second day of Brussels’ most prominent conference is following here. As expected, the second day, full of back to back, even simultaneous, sessions all day long, was more interesting than Day I and gave us a glimpse of how European economy will look […]