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BusinessEurope Day 1 March 2018

The value.s of business

Draft Programme (16 January 2018)


Registration and coffee

Session 1

Business and society

Moderator: Mrs Maithreyi Seetharaman, CEO, Founder, Facultas Media Limited


Welcome by Mr Markus J. Beyrer, Director General of BusinessEurope

Introductory video


Opening address by Mrs Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope


Keynote speech by Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European Council (tbc)


Society needs and companies’ answers

What is the role of business and entrepreneurs in tackling various key challenges in society today? How does business contribute to society while ensuring their long-term success? What are the values of entrepreneurship and what is their place in our European values?


Mrs Maria Joao Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group Vice-President in charge of Economic and Social Policies
Mr Luca Visentini, General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, ETUC
2 Presidents of national federations or CEOs


Young, successful and European

Testimony of a successful young European entrepreneur


Networking break

Session 2

Business in a rapidly changing world

Moderator: Mr Paul Adamson, founder and editor of E!Sharp


Joining forces to develop world champions

Testimony of a European global champion


Trade and changing production patterns

The global market is rapidly changing. Supply chains are integrating more and more. Markets are opening up. At the same time the topic of globalisation is contested by some and the debate has been intensifying over the past decade. How do we retain and re-balance the positive progress of a globalised world with delivering for people in their local communities? How can we make sure that trade policy delivers both economically and socially for companies and citizens?


Mrs Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade
1 Academic or NGO representative
2 Presidents of national federations or CEOs


Keynote speech by Mr Jyrki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission


Walking lunch

Session 3

Business as a key player in technological change

Moderator: Mr Sean Klein, Media Consultant, SeanKlein Media Ltd


Co-working with robots

Testimony on working with robots


Companies driving innovation

More than anything digitalisation and technological progress are shaping tomorrow's businesses and impacting society as a whole. At the same time innovation is taking place in processing and services. What does the world ahead us look like? Who are tomorrow's champions? And do we have the right policies in place to support these developments?


Mrs Ann Mettler, Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission
2 Presidents of national federations or CEOs

Session 4

Two big questions: EMU and Brexit

Moderator: Mr Sean Klein, Media Consultant, SeanKlein Media Ltd


Keynote speech by Mr Mario Centeno, President of the Eurogroup (tbc)


Keynote speech by Mr Michel Barnier, Chief Negotiator - Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 TEU (tbc)


Business for Europe: wrap-up interview with Mrs Emma Marcegaglia, President of BusinessEurope


Networking drink