Annual meeting, Brussels 2010

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

Arrival at the Brussels Sheraton and check in.

Wednesday, June 30th 2010

09.00 hrs Departure by shuttle to the European Business Summit Conference at Tour & Taxis building, next to Brussels sea port. EBP participate at the event as guests.
20.00 hrs Gala Dinner at Tour & Taxis. Shuttle service will be provided.

Thursday, July 1st 2010

09.00 hrs Departure by shuttle to the Tour & Taxis building, the venue of the EBS Event.
09.30 hrs European  legislation and our media  –  Valtteri Niiranen, ENPA.
10.00 hrs Green Economy – round table with  Commissioner Janez Potocnik
11.00 hrs Digital Agenda – round table with Commissioner Neelie Kroes (invited)
12.00 hrs Return by shuttle to the Sheraton Hotel.
13.30 hrs EC meeting at the Sheraton Hotel.
15.00 hrs General Assembly.
19.00 hrs Gala Dinner at the Brussels Sheraton. European Manager of the Year Award Ceremony.

Partners programme on July 1st

09.30 hrs  Departure by bus from the Sheraton Hotel. 
09.50 hrs Arrival at the Museum Van Buuren and guided visit of the Art Deco house and art collection of David and Alice Van Buuren.
11.00 hrs Visit of the garden Van Buuren.
12.15 hrs Light lunch.

Tour & Taxis where the EBS Summit is taking place
In the 14th century, the Milanese family De la Torre (from the tower) moved to Bergamo, near the mountain Tasso (badger) and they added De Tassis to their name. Later on, when several branches of the family moved to Hamburg they changed their name to Thurn und Taxis. They became counts in 1624 and received their princely title in 1695 from Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I. The family ran postal services since 1290, first between Italian city-states, later in Innsbruck, Brussels, Germany and France. In Brussels, the eponymous extensive warehouse and railway goods yard complex became a custom house, and developed more recently as a cultural centre.

Villa Museum Van Buuren: an absolute must in the Partners programme
This house, bought in 1928 by the Dutch banker David van Buuren has a splendid Art Deco indoor decoration, with rare furniture, stained glass windows, sculptures and an astonishing collection of paintings: Rembrandt, Breughel, Ensor, Van Gogh, Fantin-Latour, Signac, Permeke, Van de Woestyne … The gardens cover 1,5 ha. It is a jewel of greenery in the city of Brussels, designed by the greatest landscape architects. This private memory house became a museum in 1975 according to the testament of Alice, the Belgian wife of David van Buuren.