Jean-François van Boxmeer, ERT chairman and chairman of Vodafone; Paschal Donohoe President of the Eurogroup and Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform, Tony Smurfit, Group CEO of Smurfit Kappa and Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General of ERT. Credits: Smurfit Kappa.
Tony Smurfit, CEO of the Smurfit Kappa Group, welcomed top European executives to Dublin to discuss initiatives aimed at strengthening the region’s competitiveness.
The event, organized by Smurfit Kappa, included CEOs and presidents of international companies such as Airbus, Ericsson, GSK, Heineken, Iberdrola and Saint-Gobain.
The event was one of two annual plenary sessions organized by the European Round Table for Industry (ERT). Discussion topics included energy transition, climate change and innovation in light of the 30th anniversary of the single European market.
The companies that make up ERT have reported combined sales of more than €2 trillion and provide approximately five million direct jobs worldwide.
The summit included a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Dublin Castle and a session with Eurogroup President and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe.
Speaking after the event, Tony Smurfit said: “I was honored to host European business leaders at this ERT plenary session. Our businesses are key to unleashing Europe’s full potential to deliver economic and social benefits while driving the green transition.
“Smurfit Kappa is committed to supporting Europe’s climate goals with products that are essentially renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. It was a pleasure to welcome my fellow ERT members and several FTSE100 colleagues to Dublin.”
Earlier this month, Smurfit Kappa announced the successful completion of an expansion project at its corrugated board production facility in Pruszków, Poland.