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Brussels, 9 October 2012

Marking the 20th anniversary of the Single Market: together for new Growth

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the European Single Market. And in just a few days, the Single Market Week will kick off. Under the slogan ''Together for new growth'', a series of events in cities all across Europe will take place from 15 to 20 October and will bring together policy-makers, social partners, businesses and citizens to discuss the achievements and challenges of the single market. The activities will focus on three objectives:

  • Mobilizing the views and expectations of young adults about the single market;

  • Recalling the achievements of 20 years of the single market;

  • Presenting and discussing new initiatives to stimulate growth in the single market.

Over 200 national events will be organised all over Europe in the days and weeks following 15 October. They will bring together citizens, students, experts, businesses trade unions and public organisations to examine and discuss the state of the single market. Events will include forums, fairs, conferences, exhibitions, radio and TV programmes, etc:

The Single Market Week will officially kick off with a launch event in the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 October. The event will offer a unique opportunity for an exchange of views and discussions between citizens, stakeholders and distinguished guests such as, former President of the European Commission Jacques Delors and Mario Monti Italian Prime Minister. From the European Commission's side, President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso will introduce the event and European Commissioners Michel Barnier and John Dalli will participate in the debates. There will be a lively mix of debates, video presentations and discussion rounds. A key focal point of the event will be the generation of 20 year-olds who were born in the year when the Single Market came into being, and one of the highlights of the day will be the award ceremony for the "Generation 1992" competition.

In the run-up to the Single Market Week, an interactive online debate on the European Single Market will take place. On 10 October at 19:00 CET, politicians, experts and intellectuals will argue for or against the idea that completing the single market is the only realistic way out of the crisis. The debate will be chaired by journalist Christine Ockrent and Commissioner Barnier will introduce the debate. Citizens can have their say by joining the debate live on Google+ and YouTube.

In parallel to the Single Market Week events, the European SME Week 2012 will also take place in 37 countries from 15 October. The week will offer visitors insight into what the EU and national authorities do to support micro, small and medium-sized businesses. The overall aim is to encourage more people, particularly younger ones, to consider becoming an entrepreneur. On 17 October, a summit focusing on women entrepreneurs will take place in Brussels.

More information

The Single Market Week website provides more information about the events, both in Brussels and beyond, with a link to the live web streaming for the launch of the event on 15 October:

A trailer announcing the events across Europe and encouraging people to be part of the Single Market week:

European SME Week 2012:

"Europe wake up! We will only return to growth & prosperity if we finally complete the single market". All citizens can join the debate on 10 October at 19:00 CET and vote for or against the motion on the Versus YouTube and Google+ pages:

The Generation 1992 competition website:

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