The Frankfurt European Banking Congress (EBC) premiered in 1991 on the initiative of the International Bankers Forum (IBF). From 1992 to 2008, the congress was hosted annually by Germany's leading banks based in Frankfurt am Main – Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank – as well as by the Deutsche Bundesbank, the City of Frankfurt am Main, and the IBF. From 2009 to 2015, the chairmen of Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank took turns in officially hosting the EBC. Since 2016, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank and Deutsche Bank have been the co-hosting banks of the congress. Traditionally, the EBC takes place on Friday prior to the very last Friday in November at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.

The EBC aims at providing a forum for open and forward oriented discussion of European issues, their role in the world of politics and financial markets. Leading topics and high-level speakers for each year's event are chosen by the EBC's steering committee.

Today, the EBC is among Europe's most prestigious banking congresses. The EBC is an established meeting place for high level representatives from politics, business, finance, and academia. Admission to the congress is by invitation only and the invitation is personal.

To learn more about the EBC's history, please take a look at the past year's programs in our archive and consult the EBC's complete list of speakers.