European Business Summit

European Business Summit

European Business Summit

  • Europe facing skills ‘mismatch’

    News | Innovation & Industry 03-03-2009

    Despite growing unemployment, millions of jobs across the EU cannot be filled, according to Rudi Thomaes, the CEO of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium. Europe's workers do not have the right skills to meet the needs of modern businesses, he said. 

  • Recession scuppers EU’s growth and jobs goals

    News | Innovation & Industry 09-03-2009

    Any hope Europe had of becoming the world's most competitive knowledge-based economy by 2010 have been dashed by the global economic downturn, with all of Europe's economies hit hard by recession, according to a report to be published later this week (12 March).

  • Ministers in crunch talks as half of SMEs to cut investment

    News | Innovation & Industry 10-03-2009

    Over two thirds of European businesses face growing difficulties in accessing credit, and as a consequence, 45% will decrease their investment activities over the next six months. The repercussions for workers could be severe, with 35% of companies warning that they may be forced to cut staff.

  • SMEs hail VAT reduction measures

    News | Trade & Society 12-03-2009

    There has been a broadly positive response to moves by European finance ministers to cut VAT rates, with small business representatives welcoming the certainty the plan will bring for SMEs.

  • Social safety net key to EU recovery, say leaders

    News | Social Europe & Jobs 20-03-2009

    EU leaders meeting in Brussels today (20 March) are rejecting pressure from the US to increase stimulus packages, and instead placing their hopes of economic recovery on European welfare and social spending.

  • Patent litigation reform to cut costs for SMEs

    News | Innovation & Industry 25-03-2009

    The European Commission is seeking powers from EU member states to conclude an agreement on a Unified Patent Litigation System (UPLS), which would establish a court with jurisdiction for existing European patents and the future Community patent system.

  • Business leaders want ‘European Skills Pact’

    News | Innovation & Industry 27-03-2009

    A key report launched yesterday (26 March) at the European Business Summit urges governments to pay to train workers who would otherwise be laid off, in an effort to address the yawning skills gap that is opening up across Europe.

  • Green tech R&D to remain strong in spite of crisis

    News | Climate change 30-03-2009

    European companies will remain world leaders in developing green technologies even in times of economic recession, but Europe must work on attracting more venture capital to bring these products to the market, business leaders told a European Business Summit session last week.

  • Austrians lead debate on bank taxation

    News | Euro & Finance 30-06-2010

    Politicians in Austria are weighing up the benefits of a financial transactions tax (FTT) versus a tax on banking assets. Christoph Leitl, head of the country's federal Economy Chamber, tells EURACTIV why he thinks an FTT is preferable.

  • EU firms wary of unpredictable China rules: Survey

    News | Trade & Society 29-06-2010

    European firms remain optimistic about China's economic growth prospects, but are less confident about the near-term outlook for profits and are very concerned about regulatory unpredictability, according to a survey.

  • Euro business buoyed by surprise demand surge

    News | Innovation & Industry 29-06-2010

    A 22% boost in new industrial orders has provided a much-needed fillip for business leaders gathering in Brussels for this week's European Business Summit.

  • EU seeks to break patent translation deadlock

    News | Languages & Culture 02-07-2010

    Innovative companies could see a dramatic reduction in the cost of patenting new inventions, if a controversial European Commission plan is adopted by EU governments. The new rules could pave the way for a single European patent to be issued in one of just three languages – English, French or German.

  • Brussels dips toe into pension reform debate

    News | Social Europe & Jobs 30-06-2010

    In an upcoming discussion paper, the European Commission calls on member states to automatically adapt retirement ages to changing demographic and economic trends in order to avoid potentially heated debates on pension reform.

  • Summit calls for financial regulation ahead of G20

    News | Brexit 20-03-2009

    European Union leaders meeting in Brussels on Friday (20 March) thrashed out a common strategy before next month's G20 summit in London, pushing for tighter rules to regulate global financial markets and tax havens. But they did not make any additional commitments to fiscal stimulus plans promoted by the United States.

  • Industry talks up gas as solution to EU’s energy challenges

    News | Brexit 02-07-2010

    Europe should turn to natural gas in its search for the affordable and reliable energy sources of the future, energy company representatives said at the European Business Summit (EBS) yesterday (1 July).

  • Venture capital market has ‘hit the bottom’

    News | Brexit 01-07-2010

    Europe's fledgling venture capital market has hit a ''trough'' and needs public money to stimulate its return to growth, according to the European Investment Fund – the EU's long-term investment body. EURACTIV reports from the European Business Summit (EBS) in Brussels.

  • Commission expects bankruptcy surge in 2009

    News | Brexit 30-03-2009

    Up to 200,000 corporate insolvencies are expected in Europe this year, according to the European Commission's SME envoy, Françoise Le Bail, who said the reluctance of banks to lend to SMEs will force thousands of viable companies out of business.

  • Lawmaker seeks Chinese funds for European SMEs

    News | Brexit 24-03-2009

    Irish MEP Gay Mitchell (EPP-ED) has called on the European Investment Bank (EIB) to persuade China to invest billions of euro in the bank, which would then be repaid through additional customs duties collected from increased trade.

  • Commission report highlights slow progress on Lisbon Strategy

    News | Brexit 30-01-2009

    Despite their best efforts and some encouraging employment figures, most EU countries have not lived up to the challenge of keeping Europe competitive in the long-term, the EU executive found on Wednesday (27 January). The bloc's goal of becoming "the world's most dynamic knowledge-based economy by 2010" is thus no more than an "illusion", experts noted, especially in the wake of the financial and economic crises.

  • Hedegaard throws weight behind EU carbon tax

    News | Trade & Society 28-06-2010

    'Don't tax what you earn, tax what you burn'. In an interview with EURACTIV, EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard throws her weight behind an EU carbon tax and speaks about Europe's efforts to stay ahead of the game in international climate negotiations.

  • Dimas: Europe awaits details of US climate bill

    News | Development Policy 27-03-2009

    Stavros Dimas, the EU's environment commissioner, says Europe is looking forward to seeing the details of US climate change legislation in order to assess whether it meets the "comparability test" with the EU. He spoke to EURACTIV on the sidelines of this week's European Business Summit in Brussels.

  • EU summit postpones climate decision until June

    News | Development Policy 23-03-2009

    Green activists strongly criticised heads of state and government for failing to put concrete sums on the table to help developing countries combat climate change at their meeting last week (19-20 March).

  • Rodrigues: EU needs ‘greener’ Lisbon Agenda

    Interview | Innovation & Industry 31-03-2009

    Maria João Rodrigues, one of the architects of the EU's Lisbon Strategy for growth and jobs, believes the EU needs a revised strategy which is greener, with a stronger focus on climate change and energy. She spoke to EURACTIV in an interview on the sidelines of the European Business Summit.

  • EU official: Bailouts will benefit SMEs

    Interview | Transport 24-03-2009

    Investment by EU member states in major national industries will trickle down to smaller companies as well benefiting large firms, the European Commission's SME envoy told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Hedegaard: ‘Tax what you burn, not what you earn’

    Interview | Trade & Society 28-06-2010

    'Don't tax what you earn, tax what you burn' should be the EU's response to safeguarding our welfare societies, EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told EURACTIV in an interview, expressing support for an EU carbon tax. She spoke about progress in international climate negotiations and the EU's efforts to stay ahead of the game.

  • Dimas: US climate bill must pass EU ‘comparability test’

    Interview | Development Policy 27-03-2009

    Stavros Dimas, the EU's environment commissioner, says Europe is looking forward to seeing the details of US climate change legislation in order to assess whether it meets the "comparability test" with the EU. He spoke to EURACTIV on the sidelines of this week's European Business Summit in Brussels.

  • Thumann: EU must cut green tape to boost industrial competitiveness

    Interview | Energy 15-05-2013

    European companies’ competitiveness is hampered by unnecessary burdensome legislative instruments in climate, energy and environment and policymakers must rebalance industrial strategies towards manufacturing, BusinessEurope President Jürgen Thumann said in an interview with EURACTIV, as the European Business Summit (EBS) gets underway today (15 May).

  • Tajani: Europe can reach 20% industry target

    Interview | Trade & Society 21-05-2013

    Policymakers need to understand how the real economy is operating, especially with industry under pressure, says the commissioner for industry and entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani. In a video interview, te tells EURACTIV that getting European funds out to SMEs is critical to the target of increasing industrial output to 20% of European GDP by 2020.

  • Intel exec: Europe must invest to remain competitive

    Interview | Trade & Society 21-05-2013

    Europe has some of the most innovative countries in the world, Intel executive Christian Morales says in a video interview, but investment must be maintained across energy, health and other sectors to ensure that the continent keeps its competitive edge.

  • European Year of Creativity and Innovation

    LinksDossier | Trade & Society 26-02-2009

    The European Commission has received much praise for putting innovation and creativity at the centre of attention in 2009, but it remains to be seen whether the special year can go beyond mere symbolism and deliver concrete results at a time when Europe is engulfed in a global economic recession.

  • Climate change: The road to Copenhagen [Archived]

    LinksDossier | Climate change 08-12-2009

    From 7-18 December, governments from 192 countries meeting in Copenhagen will attempt to thrash out a sweeping agreement to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, amid growing signals from scientists that global warming is occurring more quickly than expected.

  • Global options for tackling climate change

    LinksDossier | Climate change 08-12-2008

    Following the agreement on a roadmap to negotiate a succesor to the Kyoto Protocol at the UN conference in Bali, EURACTIV examines some of the main policy options and instruments available for mounting a global response to climate change. 

  • EU waste rules could create half million jobs, says EU environment head

    News | Sustainable Development 21-05-2013

    If European Union countries implemented existing waste-management regulations, they could create some 400,000 jobs and save diminishing resources, a senior European Commission environment official has said.

  • Hedegaard: Forget US-style shale gas revolution

    News | Energy & Environment 16-05-2013

    Closer cooperation between European countries and an emphasis on energy efficiency would be more effective at lowering prices in Europe than dreams about an American-style shale gas boom, the EU's climate chief said on Thursday (16 May).

  • Lamy: EU should put China, Africa at the centre of its radar

    News | Trade & Society 16-05-2013

    China and Africa will be an important engine for economic growth in the next 20 years and Europe should seize the opportunity to engage with them strategically and not see them as a threat, WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said Wednesday (15 May) in Brussels, where he attended the European Business Summit.

  • Business summit underscores EU’s broader gender deficit

    News | Social Europe & Jobs 15-05-2013

    Europe’s most influential business lobby will have its first female leader starting in July, but as BusinessEurope holds its annual summit over the next two days, men will dominate at the podium.

  • EU businesses urge leaders to cut ‘green tape’

    News | Industrial Policy 15-05-2013

    European companies’ competitiveness is hampered by unnecessary burdensome legislative instruments in climate, energy and environment and policymakers must rebalance industrial strategies towards manufacturing, BusinessEurope president Jürgen Thumann said in an interview with EURACTIV. The European Business Summit (EBS) begins today (15 May).

  • Cyprus heads for run-off with conservative in the lead

    News | Elections 18-02-2013

    Conservative leader Nicos Anastasiades easily won the first round in Cyprus's presidential elections but failed to avoid a runoff vote, reflecting deep divisions among Cypriots on a bailout deal to save the island nation from bankruptcy.

  • IEA chief calls for ‘clean energy new deal’

    News | Energy 26-03-2009

    Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), urged world governments to ensure that stimulus packages aimed at restoring growth also embrace low-carbon technologies. He spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of the European Business Summit, which opens today (26 March) in Brussels. 

  • Tanaka: ‘We’re calling for a clean energy new deal’

    Interview | Energy 26-03-2009

    Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), urged world governments to ensure that stimulus packages aimed at restoring growth also embrace low-carbon technologies. He spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview ahead of the European Business Summit, which opens today (26 March) in Brussels. 

  • Business alliance set to drive EU-US trade deal

    News | Trade & Society 17-05-2013

    European business organisations joined forces at the European Business Summit on Thursday (16 May) to press for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

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