Program & Registration

8:25 AM – 8:30 AM: Welcome from POLITICO  

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM: Opening interview and Q&A: Solidarity in action with Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Moderator: Jakob Hanke Vela, reporter, POLITICO

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Joint interview and Q&A with Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs Anna Hallberg and Polish Minister of Finance Tadeusz Kościński 

Moderator: Barbara Moens, reporter, POLITICO

9:40 AM – 10:25 AM: Panel discussion – Deepening the Single Market: Is Europe up for the challenge? 

  • What are the single market challenges and opportunities that the COVID-19 outbreak has unveiled?
  • Is the idea of deepening the single market impossible, given the political and economic implications?
  • How can Europe ensure that the single market keeps up with the times?
  • What work needs to be done to improve a single market for capital, digital, and energy to improve competitiveness?

Moderator: Paola Tamma, reporter, POLITICO


  • Gwenole Cozigou, director for sustainable industry and mobility, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Petra De Sutter, MEP (Belgium, Greens/EFA), chair of the committee on internal market and consumer protection
  • Christoph Leitl, president, EUROCHAMBRES
  • Tommaso Valletti, head of the department of economics and public policy, Imperial College London

10:35 – 11:05 AM: Spotlight discussion – How can Europe compete on the new world trade stage?  

  • What tools can Europe use to compete and foster global champions?
  • What will be the impact of recently negotiated trade agreements on the EU’s competitiveness?
  • American “First”-style protectionism vs. Chinese state-led economic model: is there a balance to be found, or a model to choose from?
  • What will the future of trade look like for industry leaders and consumers?

 Moderator: Jakob Hanke Vela, reporter, POLITICO


  • Alicia García Herrero, economist and senior fellow, Bruegel
  • Bernd Lange, MEP (S&D, Germany), chair of the committee on international trade

11:05 AM – 11:25 AM: Quiz break – snappy online pub quiz session moderated by a POLITICO reporter

11:25 AM – 11:35 AM – Sponsored segment presented by EN+ Group – Building back better in Europe: How to ensure the green recovery is green?

Moderator: Katrina Sichel,  Wit and Word Communications sprl, Belgium


  • Lord Barker, former U.K. minister of state for energy and climate change and current executive chairman of the EN+ Group

11:35 AM – 12:20 PM: Panel discussion – How can the EU Industrial Strategy and the EU Green Deal go hand in hand?

  • How can Europe pair its ambition in industrial competitiveness with the same ambition in climate objectives (SDGs, Paris agreement) taking into account the coronavirus crisis? What is the right balance?
  • Are climate policies constraining industry or competitive advantage?
  • What is the right balance in public-private financing to achieve the goals of the European Green Deal?
  • Would boosting the EU’s renewables and energy efficiency targets this year be a good or bad signal for industry investments?

Moderator: Paola Tamma, reporter, POLITICO


  • Pete Harrison, executive director for EU policy, European Climate Foundation
  • Winfried Horstmann, director general for industrial policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
  • Marco Mensink, director general, Cefic
  • Mauro Petriccione, director general, DG CLIMA, European Commission

Lunch break & online networking – the audience is encouraged to take part in an informal virtual lunch session 

1:50 PM – 2:30 PM: Panel discussion: What investment model can guarantee the survival of Europe’s industry and SMEs?

  • What actions should the EU take to rebuild and renew its economies?
  • Did the COVID-19 pandemic trigger the need to adapt competition rules to help Europe’s industry and SMEs speed up recovery?
  • How can Europe make sure the huge aid packages reach the SMEs? What have we learned from the previous crisis in that regard? What opportunities will a completed Capital Markets Union offer to start-ups? How will the Commission’s SME strategy impact Europe’s competitiveness?
  • Austria and Germany said state aid rules curtailed their ability to fund companies during the pandemic. Others claim inverse that state aid is becoming too weak, increasing divergence between countries and that the Commission is bowing to pressure to create “European champions” eg through IPCEI projects. How should Europe navigate this balance going forward?

Moderator: Simon Van Dorpe, reporter, POLITICO


  • Eric de Montgolfier, chief executive officer, Invest Europe
  • Alain Godard, chief executive, European Investment Fund
  • Olivier Guersent, director general, DG COMP, European Commission
  • Véronique Willems, secretary-general, SMEUnited

2:40 PM – 3:20 PM: Panel discussion: Can Europe’s tech sector become number one?

  • How will the coronavirus pandemic change the European tech industry, and will it emerge stronger in the global competition?
  • Can Europe’s lead on regulating the digital world be a competitive advantage or is it impeding the development of European digital champions?
  • Does setting standards make you a market leader?
  • How will geo-political tension define Europe’s rollout of next generation-networks?

Moderator: Laurens Cerulus, senior policy reporter, POLITICO


  • Pilar Del Castillo, MEP (EPP, Spain)
  • Marietje Schaake, international policy director, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University
  • Sebastian Stern, senior partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Roberto Viola, director general, DG Connect, European Commission

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Closing interview and Q&A: Is Europe’s competitiveness at stake with COVID-19? with Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission

Moderator: Thibault Larger, reporter, POLITICO

4:00 PM:  End of the Summit


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