About the Conference

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Texas-EU Summit.
Now in its 3rd year, the Texas-EU Business Summit is the premier event for Texas businesses, entrepreneurs and economic development professionals seeking to expand their footprint in Europe.

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Greetings from Texas Governor Rick Perry

Featured Presentation

Keynote Address: The European Economy and the Transatlantic Relationship.

George Papanikolaou, Greece Consul General of Houston

Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Josh Stanton , Project Manager, Transatlantic Relations, Bertelsmann Foundation

Featured EU Country: France and Innovation

Moderated by Sujiro Seam, Consul General of France in Houston

Visegrad Group: Opportunities and Best Practices

Moderated by TBA

Europe-US Energy Partnership Opportunities

Moderated by Geert Visser, President of the Netherlands – American Chamber of Commerce

Ireland Opportunities:

Mary McEvoy, Vice President of Emerging Business, Invest in Ireland

Spain Opportunities:

Mario Buisam, Trade Commissioner for Spain

Description of Texas-EU Summit

The 2014 Texas-EU Summit will provide Texas businesses, entrepeneurs, policymakers and economic development professionals with an overview of trade and expansion business opportunities in Europe as well as information and connections to make the most of those opportunities.

Texas is the largest exporting state to the EU. The summit will build on that footprint, focusing on promoting and building the international trade capacity of Texas businesses and economic development organizations while creating greater awareness regarding the benefits of exporting.

Texas-European Union quick facts:

  • Total Texas export to Europe in 2013 exceeded $37.4 billion, an increase of 41% since 2010.
  • In 2013,  the Top Five Texas exports to Europe by sector were  petroleum and coal products – 31.7%, chemicals – 20.2%, computers and electronics – 13.0%, machinery – 10.4%, and transportation equipment 7.2%
  • The Netherlands, UK, and France are the leading FDI sources in Texas.
  • If the TTIP, a proposed US-EU trade agreement, comes into effect, Texas is placed to be a major beneficiary.

The 2014 Texas-EU Business Summit sessions will be led by business leaders, trade and investment officials from EU countries, trade policy experts and political officials.

Honorary Chair of the Summit – Mayor Lee Leffingwell

Mayor Leffingwell