Ireland and the Single Market

Government of Ireland EU50 Conference on the EU Single Market

Thirty years of the European Union’s Single Market

As we celebrate EU50 – fifty years of Ireland’s EU membership – we are also on the eve of another European Union milestone; thirty years of the European Union’s Single Market (1993).

A cornerstone achievement of the EU, the Single Market has brought significant benefit to Ireland and the European Union. However, work remains to be done to fully realise the opportunities the Single Market presents and this work must now be undertaken against a backdrop of significant economic, political, social and environmental challenges.

On 27 October 2022, Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD and Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne TD together with European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union, Mairead McGuinness, will join a cross-section of stakeholders from Irish and European economic, academic and political life to discuss and debate this important topic, offering perspectives on the past, present and future of Ireland’s development as a member of the Single Market and the future of the Single Market.

The one day conference will take place in Dublin, D02 HR67 on 27 October 2022 from 8.30am – 4.00pm. A reception will also follow the conference. Places are limited and registration is required. For more information, please contact eu50events@dfa.ie.

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Programme Overview

Ireland and the Single Market

Dublin, 27 October 2022

09.00am - Welcome by Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, TD
09.15am - Ireland and the Single MarketReflections

Keynote addresses by:

  • Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD; and
  • European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union, Mairead McGuinness

Panel Discussion with:

  • Dr Frances Ruane, Chair of National Competitiveness & Productivity Council,
  • Patricia King, General Secretary, ICTU and
  • Danny McCoy, CEO IBEC
11.30am - The Single Market today; Challenges & Opportunities
  • Kerstin Jorna, Director-General – European Commission Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
  • Martin Sandbu, European Economics Commentator Financial Times
12.30pm - Lunch
2.00pm - Growing business in the Single Market – Industry Perspectives

Keynotes by:

  • Leo Clancy, CEO, Enterprise Ireland
  • Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland
  • Followed by Industry Panel
3.00pm - Future evolution of the Single Market

In conversation with:

  • Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, TD
  • Minister of State for Europe for France, Laurence Boone
Closing remarks – Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, TD
4.00pm - Reception

Registration is required for this event. For information on registration, please email eu50events@dfa.ie.