About the Conference

Thank you for your interest in the 2014 Texas-EU Business Summit.
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.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2015 date soon!

Letters from Texas Governor Rick Perry and Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

Featured Presentation

Keynote Welcome: João Vale de AlmeidaAmbassador of the European Union to the United States of America
Keynote Address: The European Economy and the Transatlantic Relationship.

George Papanikolaou, Consul General of Greece,  Houston Hellenic 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 Lorraine McCord

Europe-US Energy Partnership Opportunities

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

Ireland Opportunities:

Mícheál Smith, VP Technology, IDA Ireland

Spain Opportunities:

Mario Buisam, Trade Commissioner for Spain

Description of Texas-EU Business Summit

The 2014 Texas-EU Business Summit provided 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 builds 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 were 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