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Date: 01/12/2008 - 01/12/2008
Where: Centre de Congrès - Lyon
Type: FCCC events
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5th EU-China Business Summit

01 December 2008, Cité - Centre de Congrès - Lyon

The EU-China Business Summit has been cancelled!

The 5th EU-China Business Summit takes place in conjunction with the 11th EU-China Political Summit in Lyon on December 1st 2008 on the theme: BUILDING A NEW PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS COMMON CHALLENGES 
Created in 2004, Business Summits are privileged trade platforms between European and Chinese entrepreneurs. Organized by business representative bodies, they are alternately held in China and Europe (in the country holding the EU rotating presidency): The Hague in 2004, Beijing in 2005, Helsinki in 2006 and Beijing again in 2007.

Under the French Presidency of the European Union, Lyon will host the fifth edition of the EU-China Business Summit. While the global economy is going through major turbulence, nearly a thousand representatives of European and Chinese business communities will debate for a whole day, on December 1st, in plenary sessions and workshops, in order to build "a new partnership to address common challenges". Their conclusions will help to make recommendations to improve the business environment between Europe and China.

A "Joint Declaration" will be formally handed to the highest European and Chinese authorities, namely the President of the French Republic and European Union, the Chinese Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission.

Not only is the Business Summit a unique place for dialogue between the European and Chinese economic policy makers, but it also represents contacts at the highest level with political leaders, who attach great importance to the event.  
As far as he is concerned, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has often expressed his commitment to this annual event, which he has never failed to attend, and during which he usually provides a clear analysis of Sino - European relations and sends companies a message of encouragement.  
The following have attended the previous Business Summits:
Heads of the Dutch, British, Finnish, Portuguese and Chinese governments; as well as their finance ministers. 

The President of the European Commission and the Trade Commissioner. 
Leaders of business representative bodies (BusinessEurope, EUCCC, EUCBA, EIB, AICEP, etc.). 

The CEOs of European and Chinese companies: Schneider Electric, BP, Kone, Nokia, Bayer, ABB, BASF, Philips, ZTE, Citic Bank, CNOOC, Lifan Group, China Development Bank, etc.