17 March 2015 - College of Europe - Dijver 9 – 11, Bruges

Sixth Bruges European Business Conference

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Morning Session:

 #Drivers of Growth

Registration & Coffee: 8.45 – 9.15 – Foyer

Plenary Session:  9.20 – 11.30 – Room E

Welcome: Prof. Dr. Dr. Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe

#Global Challenges to the recovery of the EU economy

Walter van Kuijen, Senior Vice President, Global Government & Public Affairs, Royal Philips
John F. Sammis
, Deputy Chief of Mission, United States Mission to the European Union
Philippe Lamberts
, MEP, Co-Chair Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Dame DeAnne Julius
, Chair, Council of the University College London & Non-Executive Director of Roche Holding Ltd and Jones Lang LaSalle
Q&A session
Prof. Phedon Nicolaides, Director of the European Economic Studies Department at the College of Europe

Three Parallel Breakout Sessions: 11.40 – 13.30 – Room E, D and G

Workshop 1 – Energy Policy - How to achieve European energy integration

Joost van Roost, President of ExxonMobil Benelux
Federico Tarantini, DG ENERGY, Directorate Energy Policy
Joost van Roost
, CEO of ExxonMobil Benelux  
Vera Brenzel
, Head of EU Representative Office, E.ON
Sami Andoura
, European Energy Policy Chair, College of Europe & Senior Research Fellow, Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute
Q&A session
Veronique Laurent, Partner and European Power Leader, Deloitte

Workshop 2 – Digital Economy - How to fulfil the potential of the digital economy in Europe

Juhan Lepassaar, Head of Cabinet, Cabinet of Vice President Ansip, Digital Single Market
Stephen Collins
, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft EMEA
Markus Reinisch
, Group Public Policy Director, Global, Vodafone
Simon Hampton
, Director, Technology Policy Advocates
Q&A session
Mark Williams, Partner, Corporate Finance, Economic Consulting, Deloitte

Workshop 3 – Transatlantic Trade - How to reach mutually beneficial EU/U.S. regulatory convergence

Denis Redonnet, Head of Trade Strategy Unit, DG Trade, European Commission
Jacques Pelkmans
, Senior Research Fellow, CEPS & Professor, College of Europe
Hylke Vandenbussche
, Professor, KU Leuven
Alain Berger
, Senior Vice President for European Affairs, ALSTOM
Q&A session
Christiane Cunningham, EMEA Regulatory and Public Policy Partner, Deloitte

Lunch Break:
13.30 – 14.40 – Room A/B

Afternoon Session:

 # Energy Policy

# Digital Economy

# Transatlantic Trade

Feedback on Workshop Conclusions: 14.45 – 17.00 – Room E

The workshop Chairs report the main findings of the breakout sessions to the plenary

Energy Policy: Veronique Laurent
Digital Economy
: Mark Williams
Transatlantic Trade
: Christiane Cunningham
Chair: Prof. Phedon Nicolaides, Director of the European Economic Studies Department at the College of Europe

Concluding Plenary Session:  15.15 – 17.00 – Room E

#Roadmap for the recovery of the EU economy

Keynote Address: Jyrki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission
Klaus Dieter Rennert
, CEO of Hitachi Europe
Markus Beyrer
, Director-General, BUSINESSEUROPE
Arnaldo Abruzzini
, Secretary-General, Eurochambres
Q&A session
Alastair Macdonald, Brussels Bureau Chief, Reuters


After-Conference Reception: 17.00 – 18.00  – Foyer


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