Europe as a Location for Industry and Innovation
On Tuesday 23 April 2013, the College of Europe, in colloboration with Deloitte, hosted the fourth Bruges European Business Conference at its campus in the Bruges city centre.
This year the conference explored the themes of competitiveness and innovation and how Europe can become a more attractive location for manufacturers. Innovation and competitiveness are key factors for sustainable growth.
The morning featured plenary sessions while the afternoon focused on sectoral workshops. European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, delivered the keynote opening speech, followed by a contributions of Adrian van den Hoven, Deputy Director General and Director for Industrial and International Affairs, BusinessEurope.
The three parallel workshops after lunch allowed for debate and exchanges among senior industry representatives, policy makers and academic experts on specific issues affecting competitiveness and innovation in the automotive, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
The Bruges European Business Conferences, organised in partnership with Deloitte, are a natural complement to the College’s innovative Master programme 'European Economic Integration and Business'
For more information, please contact Mr. Gil STEIN email@example.com, Academic Assistant for the European Economic Integration and Business specialisation, Tel. +32 (0)50 477 227.
Keynote session: Industrial Competitiveness of Europe today and tomorrow
Johannes Hahn: Keynote Speech
Tomas Brännström: Innovative products based on Key Enabling Technologies
Tim Hanley: Manufacturing Competitiveness
Summary (by Nuray Nalli, EEIB-student - College of Europe)
Chemical Industry workshop
Willem Huisman: Energy in Chemistry: Dow Benelux
Karin Markides: How Academia can Assist the Chemical Industry with its Challenges and Opportunities
Stefan Van Thienen: Driving Growth for the European Chemical Industry
Summary (by Donatien Depuydt, EEIB-student - College of Europe)
Pharmaceutical Industry workshop
Joanna Chataway: The Competitive Landscape for Pharmaceuticals in Europe
Thomas Heynisch: What is DG Enterprise and Industry Doing to Foster the Competitiveness of the European Pharmaceutical Industry?
Richard Torbett: Policy Issues for Pharmaceutical Innovation in Europe
Summary (by Ward Dendievel, EEIB-student - College of Europe)
Automotive Industry workshop
Michal Kadera: Future of Automotive Industry in Europe. Skoda Auto and Impact of EU Legislation
Paul Nieuwenhuis: Competitiveness & Innovation in the EU Automotive Industry
Yves Toussaint: Green Propulsion. Technologies for a Greener Mobility
Björn Willemsens: Digital-Age Transportation. The Future of Mobility
Summary (by Edita Bezegova, EEIB-student - College of Europe)