W1: Regulation and Internal Market - Priorities for real progress

The financial and economic crisis has led to a renewed interest in “more Single Market” as a way to foster economic growth across Europe. This workshop will discuss what Europe has achieved since Mario Monti’s “New strategy for the single market” of 2010 and which main challenges remain to be overcome to reap the full benefits of a fully functioning Single Market. It will particularly focus on issues such as the reduction of the regulatory burden for businesses as well as the uniform implementation and enforcement of Single Market regulations across Europe. The workshop will also discuss perspectives and roadmaps towards achieving a genuine Single Market for services.

Chair: Richard Doherty, EMEA Public Sector Leader, Deloitte

  • Adrian van den Hoven, Director General of the European Generic Medicines Association (EGA), slides
  • Amaryllis Verhoeven, Head of Unit (acting), Single Market Policy, DG Internal Market and Services, slides
  • Prof. Jacques Pelkmans, Senior Fellow, CEPS, slides
  • Guido Lobrano, Senior Advisor Internal Market, BUSINESSEUROPE


W2: Growth & Innovation - Fuelling prosperity through innovation

In spite of efforts to build a well-functioning single market and some tentative signs of economic recovery, the EU economy needs to re-invent and position itself for new growth routes. While the EU has encouraged governments to keep on investing in innovation, the debate is still open on how to strike a balance between fiscal consolidation and austerity to foster growth. The workshop will assess the mid-term results of the Innovation Union, a flagship initiative of the Europe 2020 strategy for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and consider what can be done to maximise its potential by 2020; both for  Member States and businesses. Financing innovation in Horizon 2020, including policy and business cases on Venture Capital, will be a crucial topic for this workshop’s deliberations.

Chair: Guido Vandervorst, Managing Partner Innovation, Deloitte

  • Roman Arjona-Gracia, Chief Economist, DG Research & Innovation, slides
  • Alexandre Affre, Director Industrial Affairs, BUSINESSEUROPE
  • Bonifacio Garcia Porras, Head of Unit, Innovation Policy for Growth, DG Enterprise & Industry, slides
  • Prof. Reinhilde Veugelers, KU Leuven, Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation & Senior Fellow, Bruegel, slides


W3: Trade & Globalization - How free trade can unleash Europe's potential

Recent developments in the EU’s trade liberalisation agenda (progress on the Doha Round in Bali, conclusion of FTA with South Korea, Columbia and Peru, as well as ongoing negotiations with the USA, Japan, Canada, Mercosur, etc.) reaffirm its commitment to greater economic openness. The aim of this workshop is to further investigate the impacts of globalisation and trade liberalisation on the EU economy and European businesses.
Trends in global trade and the EU’s performance in this competitive context will be addressed as the speakers re-evaluate opportunities and challenges for EU businesses. The panel will also assess the EU’s policy objectives to strengthen its position in an integrated global economy, increase the overall volume of trade and support EU businesses in reaping real gains from an open trading environment.

Chair: Christiane Cunningham, Director European Regulatory Affairs, Deloitte

  • Lucian Cernat, Chief Trade Economist of the European Commission, slides
  • Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum, slides
  • Prof. Jo Van Biesebroeck, KU Leuven & CEPR, slides
  • Tom Jenkins, Senior Advisor on External Relations European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)
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