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The Single Market and standardisation: Key assets in the post-COVID-19 recovery

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020
 11:00 - 12:00
By invitation only


Elena Santiago Cid
Director-General, CEN and CENELEC
Johan Bjerkem
Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
Kerstin Jorna
Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Petra De Sutter
Member of the European Parliament, Chair of Internal Market and Consumer Protection


Malcolm Harbour
Senior Adviser, European Policy Centre

While not much discussed, a series of Single Market-related measures have been at the very heart of the EU’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. As already shown in our recent EPC Commentary, measures that have been taken include enabling the free circulation of goods and essential services, the lifting of national export bans on medical supplies, joint EU public procurement of medical equipment and the adoption of state aid decisions at unprecedented levels. European action has also included close cooperation between the European Commission and the European Standardisation Organisations in making standards available free of charge, to help bolster the production of desperately needed medical supplies. Standards approval for critical items has also been accelerated.  

However, beyond helping to tackle the current health crisis, what role can and should the European Single Market play in ensuring a strong economic recovery? How can it be strengthened and modernised to face up to a global environment where state intervention and protectionism is becoming even more widespread? And how can strategic policy areas of the Single Market, such as standardisation or public procurement, be mobilised to support a fast, strong and innovative European recovery?

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