20 Years of the Single Market: launch of Website “singlemarket20.eu”


The European Union today launched a website to draw attention to the events of Single Market week in October 2012, marking 20 years of the European Single Market.

This is an interactive site that consults users about the main achievements over the past 20 years and the challenges that it currently faces, and also allows them to register to participate and attend the launch event of Single Market Week in Brussels.

Single Market Week will run from October 15 to 20, 2012, and will be marked with events taking place across the 27 Member States of the European Union. These events will include forums, fairs, conferences, exhibitions, radio, TV programmes, quizzes and other activities. They will bring together European citizens and businesses with Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, other EU institutions and the Member States to celebrate and reflect on the past, present and future of the Single Market.

A major launch event to kick off Single Market Week will take place in the Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Brussels on October 15, 2012. The event will be focussed on real stories and experiences of people and businesses from across the 27 Member States of the EU. This is a unique opportunity for consumers, businesses, and other stakeholders to have their say on the Single Market. I will myself be an active partipant. Guests will include President of the European Commission , José Manuel Barroso; President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz; President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy; former President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors and Members of the European Parliament.

To find out more about the 20th Anniversary of the Single Market and Single Market Week, and register to attend the launch event of Single Market Week, go to www.singlemarket20.eu.