“Time to make Europe great again?”

Wednesday, July 1 – ONLINE

Highlights from the summit

Livestreamed sessions

Opening interview with Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, moderated by Jakob Hanke Vela, POLITICO reporter

Joint interview with Anna Hallberg, Swedish minister for foreign trade and Nordic affairs, and Tadeusz Kościński, Polish minister of finance, moderated by Barbara Moens, POLITICO reporter.

Panel discussion “How can the EU Industrial Strategy and the EU Green Deal go hand in hand?” with Pete Harrison, executive director for EU policy at the European Climate Foundation, Marco Mensink, director general of Cefic, and Mauro Petriccione, director general at the European Commission’s DG CLIMA, moderated by Paola Tamma, POLITICO reporter.

Panel discussion “Can Europe’s tech sector become number one?” with MEP Pilar del Castillo (EPP, Spain), Marietje Schaake, international policy editor at Stanford University’s Cyber Security Center, Sebastian Stern, senior partner at McKinsey & Company, and Roberto Viola, director general at the European Commission’s DG CONNECT, moderated by Laurens Cerulus, POLITICO senior policy reporter.

Closing interview Is Europe’s competitiveness at stake with COVID-19? with Valdis Dombrovskis, executive vice president for an economy that works for people at the European Commission, moderated by Thibault Larger, POLITICO reporter.

After 70 years of rapid progress, the European Union’s economic model is now running out of steam and losing clout against the U.S. and China.

France and Germany have repeatedly called for an EU industrial strategy to create “European Champions,” but they will need to overhaul current EU competition law to get their way. Global trade is also becoming more cut-throat by the day, raising big questions of what direction Europe will take, and what that means for industries and consumers.

Many want to deepen the single market and build more regional heavyweights by improving their terms of finance, while others wonder how this will shape the future European worker’s skillset. Europe’s attempt itself in the world economy raises important questions about how the Continent plans to meet its climate ambitions, reap the rewards of digitalization while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the eve of the German presidency of the EU, POLITICO hosted its first Competitive Europe Summit virtually. Bringing together high-level policymakers and business leaders, this event was a unique opportunity to debate how to cement Europe’s place on the world stage.

  • How will the coronavirus pandemic change European industry, and will it emerge stronger in the global competition?
  • What are the political obstacles in completing the single market? Will the consequences of COVID-19 result in a stronger or crippled single market?
  • What economic model should Europe adopt in the face of a changing global trade system?
  • How can Europe become a marketplace for investment? How can Europe foster a capital market that allow scaling up and foster more unicorns? Will SMEs survive COVID-19?
  • Sustainable competitiveness: Is Europe’s growth plan compatible with its climate ambitions? What talents does a competitive Europe need?

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