The College of Europe is pleased to invite you to the fourth Bruges European Business Conference “Europe as a Location for Industry and Innovation”, to be held at the College campus in Bruges (Dijver 11) on Tuesday 23 April 2013. The purpose of the conference is to explore the themes of competitiveness and innovation and how Europe can become a more attractive location for manufacturers.

The programme features a high-level plenary session with European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, Minister-President of the Flemish region, Kris Peeters (tbc) and Adrian van den Hoven, Deputy Director General and Director for Industrial and International Affairs, BusinessEurope as well as expert contributions from the author of Deloitte’s 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness report, Craig Giffi and Commission representative presenting EU Competitiveness report, Dr. Neil Kay (DG ENTR).

In the afternoon, three sectorial workshops devoted to the chemical, automotive and pharmaceutical industries allow for an in-depth, focused dialogue on business issues between practitioners, experts and Commission representatives. The conference is free of charge. The programme with more information is available on the conference website.