Leading the Way: A Competitiveness Agenda for a Stronger Europe

The event will be moderated by Rebecca CHRISTIE, Europe columnist, Reuters Breakingviews.

15h00 - 15h10 Welcoming remarks

  • Stefano MALLIA, President of the Employers' Group, EESC

15h10 - 15h40 Keynote speech - The EU's Competitiveness State of Play

  • Prof. Dr. Michael HÜTHER, Director and Member of the Presidium, German Economic Institute (IW)


15h40 - 16h30 Panel - Global Leaders or Followers? Insights from Business 

  • Martin JAHN, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing, ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Vice President of Confederation of Industry, Czech Republic
  • Bárbara NAVARRO, Head of Research, Public Policy, and Institutional Relations, Banco Santander
  • Niklas JOHANSSON, Senior Vice President of Communication, LKAB Group
  • Gratienne SIONCKE, CEO, BORGinsole


16h30 – 16h45 Break

16h45 – 17h20 Competitiveness in a Complex Geopolitical World

A conversation with:

  • Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Executive Vice-President, European Commission

17h20 – 18h10 Panel - EU's competitiveness agenda: From the boardroom to the hemicycle  

  • Anna CAVAZZINI, Member of the European Parliament, Greens
  • Ondřej KOVAŘÍK, Member of the European Parliament, Renew
  • Siegfried MUREŞAN, Vice-President of EPP
  • Jonás FERNÁNDEZ, Member of the European Parliament, S&D


18h10 – 18h20 Closing remarks

  • Sandra PARTHIE, President of the EESC Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT)


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