About the Summit – 2014

About the Summit – 2014

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.
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.

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2014 Agenda

2014 Presentors

2014 Featured Countries

2014 Summit Advisors

2014 Photographs


2014 Summit Featured Presentations and Presenters


 Welcome Remarks
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
rick perry
Welcome Letter from Texas Governor Rick Perry
Leffingwell, Lee
Welcome Letter From  Mayor Lee Leffingwellm 2014 Honorary Summit Chair