October 2012

Single Market Entrepreneurs Summit

The Lisbon Council convened The 2012 Single Market Entrepreneurs SummitMichel Barnier, European commissioner for internal market and services, kicked-off the Summit, with The 2012 Ludwig Erhard Lecture, explaining how to leverage the single market to foster entrepreneurship, create jobs and deliver growth. Commissioner Barnier also contributed a foreword to SMEs in the Single Market: A Growth Agenda for the 21st Century, a new Lisbon Council publication launched in the margins of the Summit. Daniel Calleja-Crespo, director-general of DG enterprise and industry of the European Commission and SME Envoy; Alex Farcet, co-founder and managing director of Startupbootcamp; John Herlihy, vice-president of Google; Richard Pelly, chief executive of the European Investment Fund; and Daria Tataj, member of the governing board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and professor at Warsaw University of Technology Business School, joined the discussion and provided strategic recommendations on how to unleash the growth potential of the single market to European SMEs. The event formed part of the Single Market Entrepreneurs Centre, a centre of excellence housed inside of the Lisbon Council that sheds light on the role SMEs play in the European single market – and the way the single market can help SMEs deliver more growth and jobs to Europe’s economy. It took place in the days leading up to Single Market Week, a celebration of 20 years of the internal market.