As the EU Single Market celebrates its 30th anniversary and the European Council acknowledged there was “unfinished business” with the Single Market, the business community is organising a special event to discuss how best to renew its success and revive the dynamic of EU economic integration and convergence.

Join Business Europe, DIGITALEUROPE, Eurochambres, EuroCommerce, the European Round Table for Industry (ERT) and SMEunited on 28 November to discuss with representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, Spanish and Belgian EU Presidencies. We will be happy to welcome Enrico Letta, President of the Jacques Delors Institute, Responsible for an independent High-Level Report on the future of the Single Market, for an interactive, online exchange with the panels.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 28 November at 16:30 CET

Format: Keynotes, high-level panel discussions and cocktail reception from 18h30

Venue: Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the EU

Read the detailed description and register to participate in person or virtually:

Draft programme

Moderated by: Jennifer Baker

16.15 Welcome coffee

Welcome address by:

  • Michael Stibbe, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the EU (tbc)

Welcome keynote by:

  • Kerstin Jorna, Director General, Directorate-General Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission 

Interactive online participation and exchange with both panels:

  • Enrico Letta, rapporteur, High-Level Report on the future of the Single Market

Panel 1 – What are the main challenges in the Single Market?

  • Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope
  • Veronique Willems, Secretary-General, SMEunited
  • Ben Butters, Chief Executive Officer, Eurochambres
  • Alejandro Abellan, Director General for the Internal Market and EU Policies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain

Followed by Qs&As


Panel 2 – How can we make the Single Market priority number one again?

  • Christel Delberghe, Director General, EuroCommerce
  • Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General, European Round Table for Industry
  • Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE
  • Andreas Schwab, MEP, EPP Coordinator, Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, European Parliament

Response from the incoming Belgian Presidency:

  • Renaat Schrooten, Director General for Economic Analysis and International Economy, Ministry of the Economy, Belgium 

Followed by Qs&As


Wrapping-up and concluding remarks


Followed by a drinks reception