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Public hearing Brussels, Belgium

Draft programme


Registration and coffee




Welcome speech by Mr Cassidy, Chairman of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption, EESC


Presentation of the work done by the Study Group on the Review of the "Small Business Act" by its President Mr Burns



Opening remarks by Mr Lannoo, rapporteur of the opinion on the Review of the

"Small Business Act" and interventions of different representatives


Theme 1: How will the SBAE review be integrated in the current EU policies and what to expect after 2013?


  • Mr Malosse – President of Group I (Employers, EESC) - Rapporteur of the opinion on "Think small first: priority to SMEs – A Small Business Act for Europe"
  • Mr Karas – MEP- Group of the European People's Party – Vice Chair
  • Mr Baldinato – Member of the Cabinet of Antonio Tajani
  • Ms Hanniffy – Member – Committee of the Regions (tbc)

General debate


Coffee break


Theme 2: Think small first or act small first? Expectations from different actors



  • Mr Benassi - UEAPME – Secretary General
  • Mr Butters – Director European Affairs – EUROCHAMBRES

General debate

12.40 Presentation by Ms Wenerska-Craps - Counsellor - Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union


Summing up by the rapporteur Mr Lannoo


Closing of the public hearing

Interpretation provided
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