The College of Europe, in partnership with Deloitte, is pleased to host the fifth Bruges European Business Conference, to be held on Thursday 27 March 2014 at the College’s campus in Bruges. The purpose of the conference is to bring together European political and business leaders to discuss how to avoid another lost decade. The impending elections to the European Parliament and the coming into office of the new Commission necessitate a fresh debate on how to end the current malaise of the European Union. Invited speakers, representing all mainstream political views, will be able to present their vision for the future of the European Union, outline their proposals and debate on how to reignite growth.
The aim of the conferences is to attract participants from companies and business associations with a view to engage in in-depth discussions on business-topics with a panel of high-level speakers from academia, business and the EU Commission.

Deloitte started a multiannual programme to support the College of Europe as the first partner of the 'European Economic Integration and Business Programme'. Under this cooperation, the College of Europe and Deloitte have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience on EU issues and collaborate:

  • To the organization of the annual Bruges European Business Conference, the first one of which took place on 18 March 2010.>
  • To an internship program reserved to a College of Europe graduates each summer.
  • To the organization of several workshops which provide opportunities for students to interact and exchange ideas with business representatives and engage with concrete business projects.

The “Bruges European Business Conferences” are set up in the framework of the College’s specialisation on “European economic integration and business” (EEIB), which aims to offer students a unique combination of high-level economic analysis of European integration with an understanding of business and corporate strategy.

Deloitte facts and figures
Deloitte is one of the world’s largest professional services firms, and the member firms of the Deloitte network have a global annual revenue of over 20 billion euros. Deloitte’s global strategy is executed locally in over 140 countries. With a worldwide workforce of 165,000 people, the Deloitte member firms deliver services in four professional areas: consulting, audit, tax, and financial advisory services. The Deloitte member firms are present in all twenty-seven EU Member States.

In Belgium, Deloitte has 2,600 employees. The firm’s EU Services practice comprises a multinational team, centred in Brussels – and the European Institutions are one of Deloitte’s most important global clients.

The Public Sector is a very important segment for Deloitte and Deloitte member firms have led many complex government transformation efforts throughout the world, providing a broad portfolio of services and integrated solutions to support virtually all areas of government including health, tax, defence, justice, transport and education.

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