Speeches - November 2010

How to find back economic growth?


"The moment we want to relaunch the Single Market, I want to have the regions and local authorities on board." Speech of Commissioner Barnier at the Forum for the Single Market Act organised by the Committee of the Regions.


The financial system reform and what is at stake pdf - 41 KB [41 KB]


On the occasion of the Conference "Payfair" on bank cards and payment methods, Commissioner Barnier called for a pan-European bank card and stressed the need to put the financial sector at the service of European citizens.

e-Procurement - putting innovation to work for Europe pdf - 47 KB [47 KB]


E-procurement is a powerful ally as we struggle with the twin challenges of budgetary consolidation and low growth. It can deliver important savings of time and money. However, it remains under-used in Europe. It is time to act in order to enable all stakeholders to fully benefit from a transition to e-procurement. If legislative change is needed to support this transition, we will make those changes in the context of the modernisation of the procurement Directives announced in the Single Market Act.

EU Patent: Several Member States indicate their support for enhanced cooperation pdf - 9 KB [9 KB]


Statement by Commissioner Barnier on the outcome of the Competitiveness Council on the issue of the European patent.

"To pursue our roadmap towards financial reform we must work together in confidence" pdf - 46 KB [46 KB]


Commissioner Barnier presents his work programme for 2011 in the area of financial regulation to the European Parliament (ECON Committee).

The Single Market Act: good news for consumers pdf - 38 KB [38 KB]


Speaking before the General Assembly of the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC), Commissioner Barnier wished to respond to the concerns of consumers, particularly on their access to financial services and online shopping. He also announced that all of the difficulties that consumers face in the Single Market will feed into a "top 20". This list will be periodically updated.

"More than ever the food chain is at the heart of key issues for Europe" pdf - 34 KB [34 KB]


To celebrate the launch of high-level forum on improving the functioning of the food supply chain, Commissioner Barnier welcomed the pluralistic approach and comprehensive work that is to start. He also pleaded to find ambitious solutions in an area that directly affects the daily lives of citizens and businesses.

Commissioner Barnier welcomes G20 support for new capital and liquidity requirements pdf - 20 KB [20 KB]


Commissioner Barnier welcomes the endorsement of the new capital and liquidity requirements for the banking sector by the Heads of State and Government at the G20 meeting in Seoul. At the heart of this endorsement lies the Basel agreement of September 2010. The support this agreement has received today by world leaders marks an important step in strengthening banking regulation and global financial stability.

Statement of Commissioner Barnier on the outcome of the extraordinary Competitiveness Council on the issue of the European patent


Today's discussions show once again, unfortunately, that a compromise at 27 seems impossible to reach. We must all acknowledge this! I would like to underline that the failure of these discussions has serious consequences.


More than ever Europe needs a functioning single market


Speaking to MEPs during the Single Market Forum, Commissioner Barnier outlined the two main themes of the Single Market Act: work with business to bring back strong, equitable growth and put Europeans at the heart of the single market. He also stressed the necessity to build consensus for the implementation of the proposed measures.


Remarks at "Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association" (SIFMA) Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association New York - October 28, 2010


SPEECH/10/612 - Mr. President, Mr. Bentsen, Ladies and Gentlemen, A very good morning to all of you. I arrived from Europe late yesterday evening. I am very happy that my first meeting here in the United States takes place at SIFMA....