BusinessEurope workshop with the support of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU

BusinessEurope, Avenue de Cortenbergh 168, 1000 Brussels

Register NB: Capacity is limited


08.30 - 09.00 Registration and coffee
09.00 - 10.30

Part I: Discussing a long-term vision for an EU industrial strategy

A long-term vision for Europe’s industry must seize the benefits and market opportunities from macro-trends that already lie in front of us. This requires a better understanding of the transformations currently under way and the key challenges ahead. Defining a long-term vision is fundamental to steer change and ensure we shape progress according to our values and objectives.

The following panellists will debate this issue, moderated by Alexandre AFFRE, Director of Industrial Affairs of BusinessEurope:

  • Benedikt KUTTENKEULER, Head of Siemens Government Affairs EU Office in Brussels
  • Kalin TOMOV, Counsellor for Economic Affairs, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the EU
  • René VAN SLOTEN, Executive Director, CEFIC
  • Fabian ZULEEG, Chief Executive and Chief Economist, EPC

followed by interventions from the floor

10.30 - 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 - 12.15

Part II: Discussing headline indicators

The EU has set the objective of reaching 20% of industrial added value by 2020. We stand now at 15,6%, considerably below the target. In view of 2030, it is the moment to reflect upon a new set of meaningful indicators that reflect whether EU is on the right track for a strong and modern European industry, and its position in relation to main competitors.

The following panellists will debate this issue, moderated by James WATSON, Director of Economic Affairs of BusinessEurope:

  • OECD representative
  • Paolo CASINI, Economic Data Analyst, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Reinhilde VEUGELERS, Senior Fellow, Bruegel Institute
  • Cornelius BÄHR, IW Köln Consult GmbH

followed by interventions from the floor.

12.15 - 13.00 Networking lunch


EU industrial strategy: what headline indicators for a long-term vision?