2016 Summit Agenda



Texas-EU Business Summit 2016
Access to Trade, Investment & Innovation


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7:30 – 8:15                 Breakfast & Summit Registration

8:15 – 8:30                 Opening & Welcome Remarks

8:30 – 8:55                 EU Trade Update

The inaugural session provides essential context for the remainder of the summit. Participants receive an executive briefing on trends driving business and politics in the Europe Union as well as the latest developments in the Transatlantic relationship. Particular emphasis will be given to progress on TTIP trade agreement between the US and EU, and what it means for Texas businesses


 9:00 – 9:45                Nordic Countries – Featured Country: Sweden

Learn about the remarkable business opportunities offered by this year’s featured nation. holds a special place in the European Union. Home to one of the world’s most educated and skilled workforces as well flagship European from AstraZeneca, Erickson to Volvo. Sweden is global leader in technology and the knowledge economy


9:45 – 10:00               Break

10:00 – 10:55             EU Market Access I Emerging Opportunities in Southern Europe

Our first Market Access session looks at the markets of Europe’s Mediterranean Rim. These dynamic economies are thick with emergent business opportunities, offer highly cost-competitive skilled work forces, and provide ideal locations to accesses European, African, and Asian markets


11:00 – 11:55             EU Market Access Part II Market Challenges and Opportunities

Our second market access panel delivers information about doing business in the countries at traditional commercial, financial, and industrial heart of Europe. Panelists represent more than 100 million affluent and tech savvy consumers, one of the most coveted prizes of international business.

12:00 – 1:30               Lunch/Networking/Keynote

Featuring Caroline Vicini, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the U.S. and Robert Sherman, U.S. Ambassador to Portugal 

1:30 – 4:00                 Texas-EU Interactive Trade Forum

The Summit concludes with an Interactive Trade Forum and networking event that allows participants to obtain specific information their businesses need to find success in Europe by consulting 1:1 with industry leaders and EU trade representatives as well as service providers in financial, legal, and trade facilitation services. U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists will participate virtually from Europe to contribute their expertise. Each participating EU entity will have a table staffed by knowledgeable trade representatives. Conference attendees set their own agenda for the Interactive Trade Forum, visiting the representatives they choose and asking the questions that matter to them.

4:30 – 6:00                  Post- Event Reception
                                         Hosted at Consulate General of Ireland

515 Congress Ave #1720, Austin, TX