Better EU governance and faster progress on the Lisbon targets are the key to a succesful enlargement. This was the main message of the two-day European Business Summit, which was attended by around 2000 business leaders, policy-makers and representatives of NGOs.
The second EBS focused on enlargement and sustainable development. In more than 30 conferences with over 150 high-level speakers (including several EU Commissioners), the participants discussed issues such as financial markets, food safety, climate change, e-business and e-government, sustainable energy supply and many others.
A remarkable development was the participation of European NGOs and trade unions. Whereas during the first edition, representatives of civil society stayed outside of the venue and protested against globalisation, this second edition took the initiative to invite major NGOs for a serious dialogue.