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

Tuesday, 26 May 2020


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

COVID-19 is expected to cause a contraction in GDP of 3 % globally and 7.4 % in Europe. The panellists outlined the strategic importance of the Single Market and standardisation for the economic recovery of the EU and members states while underlining the initiatives taken over the last few months to protect sectors of the economy and avoid a fragmentation of the Single Market. European Commission Director General Kerstin Jorna presented the Commission’s new approach towards economic recovery, focusing on “ecosystems”, which bring together knowledge, skills and technology and show how they are closely intertwined. The importance of ensuring a recovery focused on green and digital transition, including within standards and standardisation, was underlined. Ensuring resilience in value chains must go hand in hand with avoiding fragmentation in the Single Market, as well as preserving free trade. 

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