14 Oct 2021

EU Single Market: The Key to Unlock the Green Deal

Breaking down trade barriers is crucial for achieving the EU’s green transition.

Kindly hosted by MEP Maria Spyraki 

Thursday 14 October 2021
13:00-14:00 (Brussels Time)

Look at the event's recording here! 

Read the Parliament Magazine article about the EUROPEN webinar here

The Single Market is the engine of the European Union, allowing people, goods and services to move and operate freely driving closer economic and political cooperation across the continent for almost 30 years. However, diverging rules at national level and a lack of coordination and enforcement at European level are undermining the values it was built upon.

New national trade barriers are restricting access and stifling cross-border trade, hindering the free flow of goods and services across Europe and jeopardising not only Europe’s economic recovery but it’s green transition.

Using concrete case studies from the packaging industry and consumer products manufacturers this event will seek to explore how we can address these trade barriers, establish proper enforcement of the rules at EU level, and ensure effective cooperation between all institutional actors to make the Single Market fit for the green transition.

Programme outline

13:00 | Welcome by event host Francesca Stevens, Managing Director, EUROPEN

13:05 | Host opening remarks by MEP Maria Spyraki, EPP – Greece

13:10 | Panel discussion: Breaking down trade barriers to make the Green Deal a success

  • Maja Desgrées du Loû, Unit B.3, DG ENV, European Commission
  • Jérôme Pero, Secretary General, FESI
  • Maria Spyraki MEP, EPP – Greece
  • Francesca Stevens, Managing Director, EUROPEN

Followed by Q&A with the audience

Moderated by Brett Kobie