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The Single Market: Taking it seriously

How to make policies so that market integration brings benefits to all? How should we adapt to the Single Market landscape changing with Brexit? How to actualise the ambition of taking the Single Market seriously and making it work on the ground? Speakers from policy-making and social partners will give their answers and directions for the future.

Venue: FEB-VBO | Rue Ravenstein 4, 1000 Brussels

Registration is closed.

Please note that the conference is held under the Chatham House Rule


13.00-14.00 Networking lunch and registration

Welcome and Business Ambition 2030

  • Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope

The single market in a rapidly changing global environment

  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President, European Commission

Panel 1 - Tough talk on market opening and integration

A barrier-free, fair and future-proof single market, and how to make rules so that market integration brings benefits to all


This panel will be moderated by Matteo Borsani of Confindustria (Italy)

  • Joe Hackett, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union
  • Esther Lynch, Confederal Secretary, ETUC
  • Janne Känkänen, Chairman of EU Council Competitiveness & Growth High-Level Group, Finland
  • Paul Coebergh van den Braak, Chair of BusinessEurope’s Free Movement of Goods Working Group; Philips
  • Milena Jaburkova, Vice President, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic; IBM

Media take-aways from the panel by Hajo Friedrich, EU correspondent Deutsche Handwerks Zeitung


Comment: Brexit and the changing Single Market landscape by Malcolm Harbour CBE, Senior Adviser, European Policy Centre

15.30-15.50 Coffee break

Panel 2 - Tough talk on implementation, enforcement and benchmarking

Ambition of taking it seriously to create an enforceable level playing field, and how to make implementation and enforcement more effective, transparent and uniform


This panel will be moderated by Olivier Joris of VBO-FEB (Belgium)

  • William Sleath, Director Citizens, Migration and Security Union, Secretariat-General, European Commission
  • Johannes Kleis, Director, BEUC
  • Ignacio Mezquita, Counsellor for Economic and Financial Policy, Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union
  • Taneli Lahti, Director, EU and trade policy, Confederation of Finnish Industries
  • Torsten Albig, Vice President & Head of Brussels Corporate Representation, Deutsche Post DHL Group

Media take-aways from the panel by Hajo Friedrich, EU correspondent Deutsche Handwerks Zeitung

16.50-17.05 Next political cycle: Conference highlights by MEP Andreas Schwab (EPP) and Hajo Friedrich, EU correspondent Deutsche Handwerks Zeitung

Closing keynote

  • Cosmina Miu, Minister Plenipotentiary, Head of section Competitiveness, Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union, EU Council Presidency
17.15-18.30 Networking reception


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Last updated: 9 April 2019