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ECIPE Webinar: Strategic Autonomy and Europe’s Shattered Single Market

March 22 2023
Venue: ZOOM Webinar
Speakers: Steffen Hindelang, Aurelien Portuese, Ray Pinto
Time: 15:00

We will discuss Europe’s Single Market Fatigue and how it counteracts political ambitions for European Strategic Autonomy.

The EU is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the European Single Market. However, regulatory convergence has reversed or stalled in almost all policy areas for many years now. On top of the well-recognised “Single Market Fatigue”, new policies designed for competition, investments and digital markets created additional layers of fragmented regulation to EU and Member State law.

Differences in language and varying national laws for business conduct leave EU Member States, especially small ones, with a structural disadvantage at a time where investments, innovation and value added are increasingly generated outside Europe.

Legally fragmented markets continue to limit companies from trading, investing, and expanding across the EU’s internal borders. There is a risk that political initiatives towards more Strategic Autonomy will come to nothing or become overly expensive for Europeans.

These developments should be seriously debated in Brussels and the Member States. Join us for an expert discussion about Single Market Policymaking and political ambitions for Strategic Autonomy:

– Why do companies need single rulebooks for doing business in the EU?
– To what extent does regulatory fragmentation in the EU contradict political ambitions for EU innovation and technology leadership?
– To what extent do EU policies allow for differences in national implementation and enforcement?
– Where and to what extent are national initiatives still grounded?
– How to avoid additional layers of regulation in competition law, investment law and digital policymaking?

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Steffen Hindelang, Professor of international investment and trade law at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Aurelien Portuese, Co-director of the Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington D.C., and Adjunct Professor of law at the Global Antitrust Institute of George Mason University, and at the Catholic University of Paris.

Ray Pinto, Senior Director for Digital Transformation Policy at DIGITALEUROPE, Brussels.

Moderated by Dr Matthias Bauer, Director at ECIPE