A renewed vision for the Single Market: Turning the Covid pandemic into a powerful lesson for the future

Monday 17 May 2021

Online workshop

Monday 17 May 2021

16:00 - 17:30


The integrity of the Single Market came under heavy pressure during the pandemic. The vast restrictions that Member States imposed at their borders lead to a patchwork of rules, the disruption of value chains and ultimately added to the severe challenges businesses were facing in the COVID19 pandemic. Now that the vaccination rollout is picking up speed, it is time to take a step back to evaluate how the crisis impacted the Single Market and how it can be a powerful resource for a stable economic recovery. The need for a coordinated EU approach will be discussed as well as the impact initiatives, such as the Digital Green Certificate, can have on the economic recovery.


  • 16:00 - 16:20 :
    • Welcome address by Stefano Mallia, EESC Employers' Group President
    • Welcome address by Christoph Leitl, EUROCHAMBRES President
    • Video message by European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders
  • 16:20 - 17:30 : Panel discussion
    • Isabel Lopes Guerra, Counselor for the Internal Market, Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU
    • Drago? Pîslaru, Member of ECON and EMPL Committees
    • Anton Seeber, President of the HTI Group
    • María Helena de Felipe Lehtonen, Spokesperson of the EESC SMEs, Crafts and Family Business Category

    • Concluding remarks by Claudine Otto, EESC Employers' Group Vice-President, International Affairs & European Legal Affairs Coordinator Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce

Moderated by Dragica Martinovi? Džamonja, Vice-President of EESC Single Market, Production and Consumption Section, Director of the Representative Office of the Croatian Chamber of Economy in Brussels

The webinar can be followed live via: europa.eu/!tn46Gu