EUROPEN and the Single Market’s 30th anniversary

The EU Single Market and EUROPEN in 2023: Celebrating 30 years of building bridges across Europe

For the last thirty years, the Single Market has been the engine of the European Union, allowing companies and citizens to move and operate freely across EU borders. It has sought to remove barriers to doing business and has made it possible for countless companies to expand beyond their home country into truly pan-European enterprises. It has also created opportunities to scale-up investments to support innovation, accelerating the transition to a Circular Economy.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Single Market, EUROPEN has teamed up with JA Europe, the leading international NGO providing entrepreneurship education programs to students, to launch the first edition of the EUROPEN Market Expansion Award. This award will recognise a Start-Up team that has succeeded in identifying and seizing the opportunities offered by the Single Market to operate its business across different markets in Europe.

Join us on Wednesday 7 June from 17.00 to 22.00 for the award ceremony during which the winners of the competition will be announced and introduced by the European Commission. The ceremony will be followed by a cocktail reception to celebrate EUROPEN turning thirty.

We hope to see you there!



7 JUNE 2023

17:00 - 22:30

Location: DE WARANDE

Rue Zinner 1, 1000 Brussels

  Title Speakers
             1 EUROPEN Secretary General & Chair Welcome Speech Francesca Stevens (EUROPEN)
& Hans van Bochove (EUROPEN)
             2 Award Ceremony Opening Speech Kristina Velkovksa (JA Europe)
             3 Single Market Start-Up Award – Award Ceremony Hubert Gambs (DG GROW) / Award Winner
             4 KRIKET: An EU Entrepreneurial Success Story Michiel & Anneleen Van Meervenne (KRIKET)
19:00 – 22:30 COCKTAIL RECEPTION  

The speakers of the event

Francesca Stevens Secretary General

Francesca Stevens

Hans van Bochove Chair

Hans van Bochove

Kristina Velkovska CFO

Kristina Velkovska

Hubert Gambs Deputy Director-General

Hubert Gambs

Michiel & Anneleen Van Meervenne founders

Michiel & Anneleen Van Meervenne


Online registration