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The Five Freedoms Project’s European Think Tank Summit: Which Way Forward for the Single Market?

April 05 2016
Venue: Greater Birmingham and West Midlands Brussels Office, Avenue d'Auderghem 22-28, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium
Speakers: Anna Diamantopoulou, Kamil Kiljanski, Fredrik Erixon, Jürgen Matthes, Renaud Thillaye, Pawel Zerka, Vicky Ford
Time: 14:15

Europe’s single market and its founding freedoms are under strong pressure at a time when there is a great need for Europe to deepen and expand its single market.

Its contribution of economic growth and political cooperation in Europe is uncontested, but the European economy has changed profoundly since the birth of the single market and many new areas of growth are only partially part of the single market. New reforms also put the light on the single market’s contribution to jobs and economic opportunity, not least because the social effects of the crisis remain dire in many countries. What should be the vision for the single market? What can be done to challenge the rise of economic and political populism – and use single market reforms to improve economic opportunity across the EU? What economic reforms are needed to underpin an expanded single market?

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Programme

14:15  Welcome

14:20  Keynote by Anna Diamantopoulou, President of TO DIKTIO and former European Commissioner and Minister for Competitiveness in Greece,

14:50  Next steps for Single Market Reforms, Kamil Kiljanski, Chief Economist at DG Growth

15:20  Break

15:40  Panel: Building a Single Market in Europe: What Reforms are Needed?

Fredrik Erixon, Director, Five Freedoms Project

Jürgen Matthes, Senior Economist, Cologne Institute for Economic Research

Renaud Thillaye, Deputy Director, Policy Network

Pawel Zerka, Head of Foreign Policy and International Affairs Research Program, WiseEuropa (former Demos Europa)

17:15  Deepening and Expanding the Single Market, Vicky Ford, Chairman of IMCO, European Parliament

17: 30  End