The Single Market 20 years on What's in it for the UK?
Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3EU
10.30 Registration and coffee
11.00 Welcome by Christine Dalby, Acting Head of the European Commission Representation in the UK
11.05 Opening remarks by Bryan Cassidy, Chairman of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption of the European Economic and Social Committee
11.15"The Single Market : 'work in progress', a civil society's perspective", by Staffan Nilsson, President of the European Economic and Social Committee
11.25 "To be or not to be... in the single market" by Emer Daly, Director for Governance of the Single Market, European Commission
11.40"Releasing the Single Market's full potential" by Malcolm Harbour MEP, Chair of the Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), European Parliament
11.55"Next Steps?", by Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, former Vice-President of the European Commission
12.15 Q&A chaired by Bryan Cassidy
14.00 Break-out session 1:
A) Better Regulation: what is Europe doing to help SMEs thrive?
Chair: Emer Daly, Director for Governance of the Single Market, European Commission
Panellists: Karen Clements, British Chambers of Commerce ; David Caro, European Small Business Alliance ;Michael Gibbons, Chairman of the Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC)
B) Social Enterprise and investment: a new way of creating jobs and growth?
Chair: Sir Stuart Etherington, EESC and NCVO
Panellists: Ariane Rodert, EESC rapporteur; Jonathan Jenkins, Social Investment Business; Sir Ronald Cohen, Big Society Capital (tbc); Mark Campanale, Social Stock Exchange
15.15 Break-out session 2:
C) The digital agenda: how to promote cross-border trade of online goods and services?
Chair: Malcolm Harbour MEP
Panellists: Alain Deckers, DG MARKT, European Commission; Sandy Boyle, former president of UNI Finance and Uni-Europa Finance; Stephen Pattison, ARM Holdings.
D) Consumer Protection: good for consumers, good for business?
Chair: Benedicte Federspiel, EESC
Panellists: Peter Vicary-Smith, Which? (tbc); Christine Farnish, Consumer Focus (tbc); Christine Korcz, UK Solvit Centre
16.30 Coffee break
17.00 Feedback from breakout session chairs
17.20 Conference summary by David Sears, Leader of the UK delegation in the European Economic and Social Committee
17.30 Conference close
Followed by Drinks reception