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20 years of the Single Market - Are Irish SMEs missing out?

Promotional imageIt’s 20 years since the EU’s markets without borders opened for business - the legal framework is there, our right to travel, work, move goods and money around the biggest single market in the world (500 million people) is all in place, but how can Irish SMEs crack this vital market on our doorstep?

To coincide with the anniversary, and to set the scene for Ireland’s EU Presidency with its emphasis on jobs and growth, the European Commission and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation hosted a FREE conference “20 years of the Single Market – Europe working for Irish SMEs” in Croke Park on Thursday, 1st November 2012. 

The event was targeted at SMEs and included hands-on workshops on how to make the most of the Single Market.

The report of the conference is available HERE msw12 - 24 KB [24 KB] .


The full programme can be downloaded here msw12 - 241 KB [241 KB] . See below for an outline of the programme:

9 a.m.Registration / Tea, Coffee / Networking
9.30 to 10.30 a.m.

Opening Speeches

  • MC Margaret E Ward
  • Head of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, Barbara Nolan
  • Opening: Minister for Small Business and the Internal Market, John Perry TD
  • Guest speakers including Jerry Kennelly, CEO and founder of Tweak Limited, Mary Ann McCormack, Founder and Managing Director of Giraffe Childcare, and Emer Daly, DG Internal Market, EU Commission
10.40 to 10.55 a.mCoffee / Networking
10.55 to 12.340 p.m.

Breakout Workshops

  1. Accessing the Single Market
  2. Access to Finance for SMEs
  3. Supporting Entrepreneurship in Europe
  4. The Digital Single Market
12.40 to 2 p.m.Buffet lunch
2 to 2.15 p.m.Presentation on Single Market tools by Emer Daly, Director for Governance of the Single Market, DG Internal Market and Services, EU Commission
2.15 to 3.40 p.m.Feedback on Workshops, Panel Discussion and Q and A
3.40 to 3.50 p.m.Summary and Wrap up by MC, Margaret E Ward
3.50 to 4 p.m.Closing: Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD


20 years of the Single Market

The EU Single Market

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Last update: 09/11/2012  |Top