FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about EBA and its activities

What Is Europe Business Assembly (ЕВА)?

Europe Business Assembly (EBA) is an international non-governmental organization, a voluntary association of political, scientific and business leaders from all over the world, a tool for multicultural dialogue.

The mission of EBA: business globalization of community members, promotion of their achievements and innovative methods in the fields of economy, science, education and medicine, social progress facilitation.

The main priority is the MICE industry development (business tourism) in the elite market segment.
EBA has a special consultative status in the Economic and Social Council of the UN (UNECOSOC was created in 1945 as one of six principal bodies of the UN).

Juridical basis – EBA Ltd. (reg. No. 3964500 in England)

Main office: 2, Woodin's Way, OXFORD, OX1 1HF, United Kingdom

Contact phone: +44 (0) 1865 251 122; Fax: +44 (0) 1865 251 113

Director General of ЕВА – Prof. John A. Netting (UK)

Board of Directors: Christina Briggs (UK) - communications; Dr. Rui Verde (UK) – science and education; Heinz Wehrle (Switzerland) – investment policy; Dr. Vincenzo Costigliola (Belgium) – medicine and healthcare; Anton Savvov (Ukraine) – marketing policy; Ivan Savvov (UK) – administrative director.

Main activity areas:
• Organization of global summits and conferences aiming at improvement of regional leaders’ networking opportunities.
• Promotion of regional leaders’ achievements in periodicals, in web-resources, world media.
• Leadership training programs’ development and implementation.

What are EBA summits and why should you take part in them?

The summits, organized by EBA in collaboration with regional partners, are a permanent interactive platform for international economic, academic and intercultural cooperation.

Since 2000, over 10000 delegates from 56 countries have visited EBA forums, hundreds of innovative projects have been presented, specialized working meetings for experience sharing and negotiations have been conducted, as well as networking events for rectors of higher educational institutions. This is a VIP platform for the presentation of your ideas and innovations to the business and scientific communities, an opportunity to open up oneself to the world, to find investors and partners, a path to global recognition of professional achievements.

The main summit of the year – the annual Assembly of EBA – is traditionally held in Oxford in the last days of December and sums up the closing year. Other summits, conferences and visiting sessions are held in different countries of the world, at the most prestigious business and exhibition venues in collaboration with business partners. Each participant of EBA projects and programs may initiate the EBA event organizing in his country. This is how we implement one of the main activity principles: we represent the best of the best and the best represent their countries.

Who can participate to EBA projects and programs?

Any person, who has succeeded in any professional activity, one who believes that he has something to say to contemporaries and descendants, regardless of the ethnic, racial, religious or social affiliation, can become an EBA projects and programs participant.

What is a Socrates ceremony?

The Socrates ceremony is the key moment of summit programs; it is a formal procedure honoring leaders in science, industry, business and medicine, who possess professional and intellectual achievements in the modern world. EBA Prof. J. A. Netting, EBA Director General, holds the ceremony together with the Board members and, in case of visiting ceremonies, public figures and media persons in the host country.

Leaders, whose nominations are approved by the Board of Directors, receive EBA awards in various categories corresponding to their area of activity.

What is the procedure* for awards competitive selection?

Nomination procedure for participation in EBA projects

Stage 1 – Qualifying

Market research and initial identification of potential nominees is carried out by experts and research centre. Amongst staff are marketing research specialists and journalists. Altogether there are 35 members of staff.

Research sources: statistical data, ranking agencies information, recommendation letters from business partners, press articles and other databases.

Research objective: to identify business activities and leadership potential of regional companies, which demonstrate positive dynamics, positive reputation, and participation in charitable and socially responsible projects.

Research criteria: nominees’ activities in national and/or international markets, economic efficiency, social responsibility and other criteria.

Research results: segmented rankings of leadership potential of regional and/or international companies in the following fields:

- Regions and city development
- Education and science
- Medicine

After preliminary research, a list of nominees is drawn according to criteria related to a particular award, then invitations are sent for additional confirmation documents.

The list of documents needed for submission to the research centre:

- Registration form with description of organization’s main activities
- Company profile and/or annual report, advantages of its products or services and priority sectors
- CEO’s CV
- Copies of national or international diplomas, rankings, certificates and awards
- References from business partners, clients or government bodies
- Press articles

At the first stage of the selection procedure, as a rule, approximately 80% of companies do not pass necessary EBA criteria for either not meeting requirements or failing to provide documents.

Stage 2 - Public evaluation

The profile of company is produced after review of submitted documents. This gives an opportunity for a wide range of experts to get acquainted with these profiles. The experts are members of the EBA academic (app. 150 academics, university chancellors and scientists) and EBA-Global business community (app. 400 politicians, scientists and businessmen). Public experts have the right to consultative vote. For an effective public evaluation, information about nominees is placed on various EBA resources and allows each expert the right of ‘veto’ in cases of disagreement with recommendations proposed by the expert and marketing centre.

Stage 3 – Public scrutiny

Each nominee has the right, and at the request of experts – obligation, to demonstrate publicly their leadership qualities and professional achievements. At this procedural stage, we recommend that the nominees go through the process of public protection, which provides:
• Publication of information on the nominee’s professional achievements in one of the EBA catalogues, e-magazine The Leaders Times, Socrates Almanac;
• Participation in expert sessions and direct consultations, which are held within each summit;
• Improvement of their leadership skills during special expert sessions based on the business expert of the EBA Centre in Oxford;
• Presentation of their projects during EBA summits.

Members of the EBA Speakers’ Bureau: Christina Briggs (leadership programs), Heinz Wehrle (city infrastructure), Robert Bullard (communications), Rui Verde (education), Vincenzo Costigliola (medicine), and other specialists in various fields may contribute to the expert work.

Stage 4 – Decision making

The Expert Groups (in accordance with their competences) have online consultations moderated by EBA Experts, and EBA’s Director General John Netting signs off on the decision. The decision is published in the official EBA catalogues.

What are EBA awards? Are they legitimate?

EBA Awards are club awards. They are presented to EBA members as leadership potential evidence. By presenting business activities’ attributes to the best companies and leaders in science, industry and business, we are doing a lot for their business promotion in the global economic space. Patent certification of EBA awards is confirmed by relevant licenses of UK Intellectual Property Office. Each award has a registration number. Legal rights belong to EBA.

EBA grants licenses for the right to use the award attributes in commercial purposes for five years validation period. A small fee for these licenses is also charged.

The attributes of EBA awards are handmade, manufactured from precious metals, covered with gold and encrusted with Swarovski stones. A London jeweler, Alfred Winiecki, is the manufacturer of these awards. Of course, these attributes are of economic and aesthetic value. They increase in price even more due to their value and exclusivity.

What should I do in order to become a laureate of an EBA award and a participant of the Socrates ceremony?

Fill in the registration form, which allows us to build a full profile of a candidate, give recommendations from business partners or authorities (desirable but not obligatory) and pay the registration fee. In addition, the right to nominate award candidates is granted to regional municipalities, chambers of commerce and industry, creative unions, public organizations, and our laureates- members of the ‘EBA Global’ loyalty programme.

What is inclusive to the registration fee and why is the price so high?

The price is not always high. According to the nomination the price starts from 250 GBP. Accreditation fee includes expenses on award attributes’ manufacturing, award ceremony organization, as well as a range of promotional services to bring a laureate company to the preferable markets. Every month we host closed high class club events within the framework of the EBA Global Loyalty Programme, develop individual PR-strategies, publish catalogues, brochures, and provide marketing services. Nominees and EBA award laureates can participate in advanced leadership training programmes that are provided in Oxford at the EBA Expert Business Centre.

EBA ceremonies are actually hosted at the most prestigious venues in Europe and globally and are well-organized. Catering, conference services, photo shooting, cultural agendas are included and are very professional. Therefore, by paying the accreditation fee laureates contribute not only to their personal public image, but to the united success of summits, facilitating the participation of the best and the most in-demand speakers, experts, celebrities, writers, designers, and media representatives.

We need to pay salaries to our employees and partners, pay taxes, maintain offices, and cover running costs and unforeseen expenses.

The remaining money goes to the EBA development, its projects and programmes, as well as for charity. Charity projects, implemented by EBA over the last years, include financial support of creative "Art Studio" of painter Polonskiy, International competition for writers "Ukrainian language is the language of unity", support of the disabled people’s society, a special school for disabled children in Malta, targeted aid for treatment, sponsorship of sports and social projects.

If you have proposals for cooperation in the field of charity, please contact us. The humanitarian component of our activity is very important to us.

What is EBA team?

EBA is a multinational event holding body. Marketing centers of EBA are equipped with modern technology and communications; they are connected to high-speed Internet. 50 operators contact different companies all over the world in the online every day.

EBA Speaker's Bureau contains information about hundreds of experts that provide exclusive consulting support to members of public institutions of EBA, actively contribute to visiting investment sessions, and organize economic missions of EBA in developing countries.

We publish our own journal, the "Socrates Almanac" (registration number ISSN 2053-4736), on-line newspaper "Leaders Times", investment catalogues, informational and biographical publications, monographs, and other types of literature.

Does EBA cooperate with the University of Oxford?

We have no relevance to the University of Oxford and other educational establishments. We are not an educational institution and do not issue education certificates. Our business does not need any special licenses. Authorial training programs that are conducted in EBA training centers are the intellectual property of our speakers and are designed for improvement of leadership qualities of our members.

We expect this activity to become a priority in the future, since all existing knowledge systems today are improved and changed, and our clients are in critical need of new educational trends. If you are willing to work with us as a leading speaker or a consumer of our educational programs, we are pleased to invite you to dialogue.

EBA VS The Times 

On the 24th of July 2017 The Times published highly defamatory and baseless articles accusing Europe Business Assembly. This attack is not only against EBA and its partners, but also hundreds of EBA Awards recipients and conference participants. 

Unfortunately, during legal correspondence the compromise was not found. As responsible business, EBA will continue defending its reputation and the reputation and achievements of its clients in British court. We inform EBA community and wider public about facts on both sides. Read more... 

We believe in freedom of speech and the press for informing the public about world events and are tolerant of all opinions, be they from competitors, anonymous informers, or trend following journalists. However, we condemn one-sided critics of our company. Each successful organization at one time or another in its history faces negative attacks. We have only become stronger and more convinced in rightfulness of our activities.

 

Together we are stronger! VIRIBUS UNITIS!

EBA Press office 

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* The procedure can be amended and improved. We are open for any suggestions.

Europe Business Assembly

Head Office Tel: +44 (o) 1865 251 122
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EBA Global

VIP Programme Coordinator
Anastasia Mallwill
Tel: +44 7597707593
E-mail: inter@ebaoxford.co.uk