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Restoring the EU Competitiveness: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of the Twin Green & Digital Transition

Restoring the EU Competitiveness: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of the Twin Green & Digital Transition Thursday 23 March 2023 - online event, Zoom platform -


Since its creation in 1993, the single market has helped to make everyday life easier for people and businesses, fuelling jobs and growth across the EU. In the aftermath of the pandemic crisis and the war against Ukraine, the Council of the EU, through its three Presidencies – France, the Czech Republic and Sweden –, aimed at enabling the Union to overcome the economic and social shocks. The actions supporting this objective were: fully implementing the recovery and resilience plans, strengthening the EU’s resilience, competitiveness and convergence, and ensuring an optimum economic policy coordination.

The Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU seeks to promote a common approach regarding European competitiveness given that the economic future of the Union is going to be decided by the European competitiveness and resilience. Starting from this, it is important the EU continues to provide the best possible conditions for a sound and open economy based on free competition, private investments and successful digitalisation. 

Main discussion topics 

- Incentives and strategic directions for favouring the growth of the European economy and job creation.

- The impact of the single market on the EU’s industrial policy, in terms of competitiveness and productivity.

- The importance of value chains for the short- and medium-term improvement of productivity and for stimulating competitiveness.

- A stronger focus on innovation and digitalisation, by investing in infrastructure and improving the citizens’ skills (2023 – European Year of Skills).

- Recommendations on increasing Europe’s international competitiveness in goods and services, in key areas such as energy and digital transformation.  

The event is organised within the EIR’s online debates series


in partnership with the Embassy of Romania in Sweden

Working language: English 


13:50 - 14:00 (*)        Online registration of participants

14:00 - 14:30              Opening session 

Welcome Address 

Oana-Mihaela Mocanu, Director General, European Institute of Romania

H.E. Daniel Ioniță, Ambassador of Romania to Sweden 

Official Interventions 

Daniela Gîtman, State Secretary for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania

H.E. Therese Hyden, Ambassador of Sweden to Romania 

14:30 - 16:00  EU’s Competitiveness in the context of the twin transition 

Mats Engström, Senior Adviser, Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies

Andras Inotai, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Institute of World Economics, Budapest

Laura Marinaș, Director General, Ministry of Investments and European Projects

Valentin Lazea, Chief Economist, National Bank of Romania 

Comments, questions and answers 

Moderator: Octavian-Dragomir Jora, Professor, Ph.D., Habil., the Bucharest University of Economic Studies & Founder of The Market for Ideas magazine

(*) Time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour 

The event will be registered audio-video and live streamed on




The Market For Ideas Association

The Romanian-American Foundation for the Promotion of Education and Culture (RAFPEC)

Amfiteatru Economic