BRUSSELS, May 18 /CNW/ - As international business representatives
arrived at the European Business Summit (EBS) in Brussels today to
address Europe's position as an economic power on the international
stage, a group of Greenpeace activists blocked the entrance to the
conference. The protest centred around the need to challenge European
companies to support more ambitious action on climate change. At the
same time, Greenpeace welcomes businesses that have spoken out in
support of a 30 percent cut in Europe's climate damaging emissions.
Under the theme, 'Europe in the world, leading or lagging?', this year's
Summit plays a crucial role in uniting prominent personalities from the
EU and its main trading partners to address the internal and external
challenges that lie ahead for Europe to maintain its position in the
global economy. The Summit is drawing on the participation of leading
speakers from the EU, US, Brazil, Russia, China and Middle East &
FEB and BusinessEurope, key partners of the conference, took the
initiative to invite Daniel Mitler, Political Director of Greenpeace
International, to speak at an EBS press conference. This provided the
non-governmental organisation with an opportunity to explain the
intentions behind this morning's activist action. Mr Mitler explained
that "business is deeply split" in Europe and that there are both
"leaders and laggards" involved in the EU climate debate. Mitler
explained that the "laggards" should not stand in the way of those
companies leading the EU climate initiative and that Greenpeace fully
supports businesses that are in favour of the target emission cuts.
Rudi Thomas, CEO of the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB),
opened a constructive dialogue with the Greenpeace spokesman as the
conference kicked into full swing. Mr Mitler assured conference
organisers that his organisation was not trying to halt the conference
in any way.
With the worst of the financial crisis now behind us, the Summit comes
at a time when the corporate and government sectors regain confidence
on Europe's future. Regional coordination and cooperation will be
central to picking up the pieces after the crisis, as well as seeking
new markets and opportunities. The EBS provides a prime opportunity for
debate on the most pressing issues facing Europe today.
The full programme and venue details are available at http://www.ebsummit.eu. Alternatively, follow the summit's progress online at
twitter.com/ebsummit2011 and by using the hash tag #ebsummit2011.
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