The city of Portorose (Slovenia) hosted today the 26th
Presiding Committee Meeting and the 15th Annual General
Meeting (AGM) of the European Business Congress (EBC).
The Meetings were moderated by Alexey Miller,
Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee and
President of the EBC. Taking part in the AGM were
more than 300 representatives of 85 companies and
organizations from 25 OSCE member states.
The Presiding Committee reviewed the EBC operating results
over the reporting period and other issues concerning its
The EBC General Meeting heard and approved the Annual
Progress Report for the fiscal year of 2011. It was
defined that the next year's AGM would be held
between May 30 and 31 in Amsterdam (the
In addition, consideration was given to the
election of the EBC Board of Executive Directors
and Presiding Committee composition. The discussions resulted
in election of Alexey Miller as the EBC
The newly elected EBC Presiding Committee is also
comprised of Harry Brekelmans, Shell's Executive
Vice President (Russia), Kurt Bligaard Pedersen, Executive
Vice President of Dong Energy (Denmark), Andrey Galaev,
Chief Executive Officer of Sakhalin Energy (Russia),
Ruslan Goryukhin, Director General of Stroygazmontazh
(Russia), Yury Vodopyanov, Director General of IFC
Metropol (Russia), Arunas Laurinaitis, President
of Achema Group (Lithuania), Cristiano Tortelli,
President and Chief Executive Officer for Central and Eastern
Europe, Russia and CIS of General Electric Energy (USA).
The Conference themed "Energy Security and New Opportunities
for Natural Gas" was held as part of the EBC.
Alexey Miller delivered a speech at the Conference.
The European Business Congress (EBC)
is an international, non-governmental and
non-profit organization. The EBC comprises 133 members from
25 OSCE member states including such prominent banks
and corporations as Gazprom, ExxonMobil, Daimler,
Siemens, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Total, Deutsche Bank,
Dresdner Bank, J.P. Morgan Bank International,
Alcatel, Wintershall, E.ON Ruhrgas, GDF SUEZ, Eni,
Enel, BNP Paribas, UBS, Royal Boskalis Westminster, The
Royal Bank of Scotland, KPMG, Societe Generale,
Statoil, MND, MAN Ferrostaal, DONG Energy, Sakhalin Energy,
Renaissance Capital and others.
The EBC's supreme body is the General Meeting. The
45-member Presiding Committee exercises general management.
The EBC President is Alexey Miller, Chairman
of the Gazprom Management Committee. The 9-member
Board of Executive Directors is responsible for
The EBC deals with economic cooperation issues
in Europe and brings forward proposals for
debottlenecking and building a safe and favorable
environment for entrepreneurial activities. The EBC
operates through seven Working Committees for: Energy;
Industry and Construction; Law, Banking and Finance;
Information and Communications; Ecology and Healthcare;
Human Resources, Education and Science; Business Security.
Between 1998 and 2011 The EBC held
14 General Meetings.
The EBC continues implementing a number
of high-priority social projects. 7 of these
projects are underway now.