Reinhard Bütikofer: European Business Quiz 2013

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Business leaders gathered in Brussels on Thursday for the 11th edition of the European Business Summit 2013. The theme was 'Unlocking Industrial Opportunities – An EU Strategy for Competitiveness' and sessions and discussions addressed topics such as 'Energy and growth' and 'Transatlantic relations', 'Digitalisation of the economy' and 'Financing long term growth'.

In its role as an official Knowledge Partner, EURACTIV was present at the Summit and asked a number of participants to take EURACTIV's 2013 "European Business Quiz". Each interviewee was presented with seven statements about the current and future state of business in Europe and asked to react with one of four answers: Very Likely, Somewhat Likely, Somewhat Unlikely, or Very Unlikely.

The seven statements were:

1. The state of business in the EU will improve in the next 12 months.
2. Europe's industrial base will grow stronger in the next 12 months.
3. Europe will be the most innovative continent in the world by 2015.
4. GDP in the EU will be positive in 2013.
5. Europe's banks will lend more to SMEs in 2013 than in 2012.
6. The EU will formalise a free trade agreement with the US in 2014, leading to jobs and growth.
7. President Barroso will stand for a 3rd term in 2014, and if he does he will win.

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