As the European single market reaches its 30th anniversary this year, its value as a pillar of Europe’s resilience is undeniable. The removal of trade barriers has allowed the free movement of goods, services, capital and people, making the EU a place of exchange and true integration, while strengthening Europe’s competitiveness at the global level. The single market is the backbone of the Union and must continue to transform in order to meet the changing needs of a changing Europe.
This conversation sought to make sense of the challenges that stand in the way of further market integration in the light of the current cost-of-living crisis, war and climate imperatives.
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This 60-minute discussion included a 10-minute introduction by Professor Mario Monti, former Italian prime minister and European commissioner, and Trustee of Friends of Europe, followed by comments and questions from Friends of Europe’s members.
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Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe
Prior to joining Friends of Europe, Dharmendra Kanani was director of policy at the European Foundation Centre (EFC). He was the England director at the Big Lottery Fund, the largest independent funder in the UK and fourth largest in the world. Dharmendra has held senior positions in the public and voluntary sector and advisor to numerous ministerial policy initiatives across the UK.
Italian Senator for life, former Italian prime minister, former European commissioner
As the Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, Mario Monti spearheads attempts to rethink health policy priorities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A distinguished economist and Italian lifetime senator, Monti has cemented his reputation as a committed supporter of the single currency and a talented negotiator, leading a government of technocrats in the wake of the Italian debt crisis in late 2011. He chaired the High-Level Group on Own Resources, a consultative committee of the European Union, aimed at proposing new forms of revenue for the European Union’s budget, which resulted in the final report “Future Financing of the EU” arguing for new tax sources.
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