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About the Brussels
Economic Forum

The 2013 Brussels Economic Forum is the 14th edition of this annual event which has become one of the key debate forums on economic matters at international level.

The first edition took place at a very symbolic time, in 2000, a year that marked the first anniversary of the introduction of the euro.

Since then, the BEF, as it is commonly known, has established itself as an event not to be missed that every year attracts more than a thousand participants and many media representatives from around the world.

The BEF always aims at being:

A platform for in-depth high-quality debate on economic, financial and societal issues with the objective to feed the shaping up of future action
A forum fostering dialogue and attracting contributions from different perspectives
A vehicle for the promotion of new ideas and creative discussions, oriented to the future and encompassing the global dimension of current challenges
A meeting place open to representatives from all circles: International and EU institutions, national governments and administrations, academia, business, civil society, media
An event providing the opportunity and the right atmosphere to interact with top decision-makers, recognized opinion leaders and key players
Previous Speakers

Previous speakers at the Forum include:

  • José Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission
  • Sharon Bowles, MEP, Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament
  • Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the Eurogroup
  • Mario Monti, President of the Council of Ministers of Italy and former European Commissioner
  • Pier Carlo Padoan, OECD Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist
  • Klaus Regling, Chief Executive Officer, European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF)
  • Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank
  • Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
  • Current and former European Commissioners, including Joaquín Almunia, Connie Hedegaard, Danuta Hübner
  • Current and former ministers of finance, including Anders Borg (Sweden), Wouter Bos (The Netherlands), Didier Reynders (Belgium), Elena Salgado (Spain), Peer Steinbrück (Germany), Wolfgang Schäuble (Germany)
  • Current and former central bankers, including Ewald Nowotny (Austria), András Simor (Hungary) and Stefan Ingves (Sweden)
  • Highly reputable economists, including Philippe Aghion, Alberto Alesina, Tony Atkinson, Richard Baldwin, Benjamin Friedman, Dieter Helm, Deepak Neyyar, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Jeremy Rifkin, André Sapir, Beatrice Weder di Mauro and John Zysman
Past editions

To know more about topics discussed at past editions of the Forum, please visit:

  • Brussels Economic Forum 2012
  • Brussels Economic Forum 2011
  • Brussels Economic Forum 2010
  • Brussels Economic Forum 2009
  • Brussels Economic Forum 2008
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