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Workshop 2



Co-chairs: Bryan Cassidy, President of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT) and Edgardo Maria Iozia, President of

the Single Market Observatory (SMO)


Venue: Room VM1 - Interpretation from: EN,DE,FR,IT,PT into: EN,DE,FR,IT,PT

The Single Market should have been completed without barriers two decades ago. It is all the more important that social partners and civil society organisations now engage more actively in its development and implementation. The challenge, more than ever, is to take full advantage of the remaining potential for growth and job creation that exists in the Single Market and that Europe so desperately needs to exit the crisis.


The Single Market Act with its following levers has been a catalyst for both reflection and action across the board. However, there needs to be a focus on specific issues of strategic importance for our future: the potential of a genuine digital Single Market (from e-inclusion and e-skills to e-business), the social dimension of European integration and the role of social entrepreneurship, and the interaction between Europe and the rest of the world, especially in terms of trade and the internationalisation of SMEs "to leverage the effectiveness of internal and external policies and thereby enhance Europe’s competitiveness in the global market place".


This workshop is intended to produce brief but powerful statements or recommendations from civil society.

10.30 a.m. – 10.40 a.m.

Opening of the workshop


Bryan Cassidy,
President of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT)

Edgardo Maria Iozia,
President of the Single Market Observatory (SMO)


10.40 a.m. – 11.45 a.m.


A Single Market FOR THE FUTURE



10.40 a.m.



Malcolm Harbour,
MEP, Chair of the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) of the European Parliament

Pierre Delsaux,
Deputy Director General of Internal Market and Services DG , European Commission


Gunilla Almgren,
President of the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME)

  Benedicte Federspiel,
EESC member

11.15 a.m.

General debate


11.45 a.m. – 12.50 p.m.



Moderator - Fabian Zuleeg,
Chief economist, European Policy Centre (EPC)

11.45 a.m.



Trine Radmann,
Director at the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Consultative Committee   


Philippe Herzog,
President and founder of Confrontations Europe


Ivan Voleš,
EESC member, Rapporteur for the EESC opinions on the 'Single Market Act' and 'Key Actions towards a Single Market Act II'


Ariane Rodert,
EESC member, Rapporteur for the EESC opinion on 'Social entrepreneurship'

12.15 p.m.

General debate


12.50 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Conclusions from the workshop


Edgardo Maria Iozia,
President of the Single Market Observatory (SMO)


EESC opinions

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A Single Market for the future

Key actions towards a Single Market Act II

  • The EESC builds on the measures set out in the opinion on the “Twelve Levers for New Growth” (CESE 1583/2011) and their role in the relaunch of the Single Market.
    (CESE 1347/2012, Rapporteur-general: Ivan Voleš, Employers Group – Czech Republic)

Twelve Levers for new growth

The Single Market Act

  • The EESC puts forward a set of priorities from among the 50 key measures suggested by the Commission and points out a number of shortcomings when it comes to effectively delivering a Single Market at the service of consumers and citizens.
    (CESE 525/2011, Rapporteurs: Ivan Voleš, Employers Group – Czech Republic; Martin Siecker, Workers Group – Netherlands; and Benedicte Federspiel, Various Interests Group – Denmark)

The digital Single Market as a driver for growth

  • The EESC defines its priorities for the digital Single Market, including a focus on economic intelligence, developing European leaders with decision-making centres and R&D based in the EU, and increasing capacity through enhanced productivity and the inclusion of ICTs in sustainable growth strategies.
    (CESE 1313/2012, Rapporteur: Laure Batut, Workers Group – France)

Towards a digital Single Market

  • The EESC agrees with the Commission’s proposal to establish a comprehensive and cohesive European Copyright Code, which incorporates the Europe 2020 Strategy as a means to harmonise Member State legislation.
    (CESE 467/2012, Rapporteur: Jacques Lemercier, Workers Group – France)

Single Market for services

  • The EESC proposes that “points of single contact” and cross-border cooperation be further developed as examples of modernised public administration in order to combat discriminatory and unfair requirements.
    (CESE 1161/2011, Rapporteur: Martin Siecker, Workers Group – Netherlands)

Regulating financial services for sustainable growth

Smart Regulation in the European Union 

  • The EESC welcomes the improved monitoring of subsidiarity and proportionality, the increased rigour of impact studies, and the more active involvement of Member States in strategic ex-post assessments.
    (CESE 984/2011, Rapporteur: Jorge Pegado Liz, Various Interests Group – Portugal)

Enhancing the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the internal market 

  • The EESC advocates the use of active education and training measures to educate consumers on the issue of Internet-related intellectual property rights, rather than any special set of rules such as those introduced as legislation in some Member States.
    (CESE 636/2010, Rapporteur: Daniel Retureau, Workers Group – France)

Reaping the benefits of electronic invoicing for Europe 

  • The EESC emphasises the digital agenda’s role in the relaunch of the Single Market and the importance of technological innovation in achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy objectives.
    (CESE 1159/2011, Rapporteur: Edgardo Maria Iozia, Workers Group – Italy)

Green Paper on expanding the use of e-procurement in the EU 

  • The EESC advocates a cohesive joint approach that combines a review of the e-procurement framework and a review of the legal framework for public procurement in harnessing the economic efficiency of this new technology.
    (CESE 1158/2011, Rapporteur : Vincent Farrugia, Employers Group – Malta)

Small business, big potential – for a social and competitive Single Market

European Social Entrepreneurship Funds

  • The EESC proposes that greater weight be attached to improving access to capital for social enterprises as one of many tailored financial instruments aimed at developing social entrepreneurship.
    (CESE 1294/2012, Rapporteur: Ariane Rodert, Various Interests Group – Sweden)

Small Business, Big World

  • The EESC proposes that greater efforts be made in the internationalisation of European SMEs in order for them to effectively penetrate fast-growing third-country markets and thereby boosting growth and jobs.
    (CESE 1293/2012, Rapporteur: Ivan Voleš, Employers Group – Czech Republic)

Financing structures for SMEs in the context of the current financial situation

  • The EESC advocates the creation of trading platforms for micro-companies and SMEs, allowing small companies to raise capital by avoiding the prohibitive costs of larger, recognised stock exchanges.
    (CESE 1159/2010, Rapporteur: Anna Maria Darmanin, Workers Group – Malta)

Review of the Small Business Act

  • The EESC proposes a more binding status for the Small Business Act and putting its “Think Small First” principle at the heart of EU, national, and regional policy-making.
    (CESE 1375/2011, Rapporteur: Ronny Lannoo, Various Interests Group – Belgium)

Creativity and entrepreneurship: mechanisms for climbing out of the crisis

  • The EESC is in favour of encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship as key mechanisms for developing human capital in an effort to exit the current economic crisis.
    (CESE 1165/2010, Rapporteur: Madi Sharma, Employers Group – United Kingdom)

European Microfinance Facility for Employment and Social Inclusion

  • The EESC advocates developing further microfinance facilities in Europe as a means of fostering entrepreneurial spirit and job creation in micro-enterprises.
    (CESE 1457/2009, Rapporteur: Gabriele Bischoff, Workers Group – Germany)

Reviewing Community innovation policy in a changing world  

  • The EESC proposes that greater efforts be made in addressing the Community Patent issue as a means of protecting European companies – especially SMEs – and encouraging greater investment and the revision of State aid rules to encourage investment in R&D and eco-innovation.
    (CESE 445/2010, Rapporteur: Henri Malosse, Employers Group – France)

Policy measures for SMEs

  • The EESC proposes 10 key measures to support and re-launch SME development by creating a favourable environment in accordance with an effective Small Business Act for Europe.
    (CESE 1187/2008, Rapporteur: Claudio Cappellini, Various Interests Group – Italy)

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