European Family Businesses Gather In Berlin
5th January 2015
At the end of 2014 family business leaders from across Europe gathered in Berlin to celebate the enormous contribution which family firms make to European economies.
The conference chair, Jesus Casado, Secretary General of EFB, launched proceedings by highlighting the key importance of the Summit to strengthen the voice of family business in Europe. He emphasised the 'need for Europe's family businesses to be present with a strong united voice.' In addition, he reminded the audience that EFB 'is on the front line of European advocacy' and therefore it is imperative for the family business community to be actively involved to strengthen its influence.
The summit was addressed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Chancellor welcomed the initiative of cooperation between European family businesses, declaring that 'it is right and good that this Summit will initiate the start of a tradition of European cooperation amongst family businesses.' You can read Chancellor Merkel's full speech here (in English).
A full write up of the summit is available here.
Below are a selection of images from the event. If you are interested in attending the 2015 European Family Business Summit in Paris, please check for details later in the year.