Conference on the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Single Market

7 December 2022, Prague

Call for papers


The Czech Presidency of the EU and the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs will organise a Conference on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Single Market.

The conference will be held in person in Prague, Czech Republic, and virtually in a hybrid format. It will bring together top researchers from academia and policy makers from EU and national institutions to present research findings and policy insights related to the Single Market.

Topics of interest for the contributing papers include:

  1. Integration in the single market
    • Long-term trends in integration, along the four dimensions of goods, services, labour, capital; with a focus on major milestones and future outlook.
    • Opportunities and challenges to further integration, including forward looking topics (potential of further integration in services; impact of removing specific restrictions; impact of digitalisation.
    • New, enlarged concept of enforcement: beyond remedial (infringement proceedings), also preventive (notifications) and collaborative (Single Market Enforcement Taskforce – SMET)/package meetings, instruments.
    • Productivity, market size and product differentiation.
    • Distributional and labour market effects of integration (income and purchasing power; wages and mobility).
  2. The external dimension of the single market
    • International value chains and open strategic autonomy: what role for the single market?
    • Assessing the changing weight of the single market in the global economy: attractiveness, competitiveness, model and standard-setter for the world.
    • Crisis management through single market and resilience to external shocks.

Application process

Authors interested in presenting their research should submit their papers to [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is Monday, September 26, 2022. Authors of accepted papers will be notified of acceptance by Friday, October 28, 2022. Presenters should plan to present in person. All papers presented at the conference will be posted on the websites of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

More information

Further information: should you have any questions, please contact [email protected]. In-person attendees will need to follow any relevant COVID-19 protocols for entry in place at the time of the conference.

Randolph Bruno, Nauro Campos, Saul Estrin, 17 July 2021

Do different economic integration arrangements vary in terms of their capacity to attract foreign direct investment? This column uses a structural gravity framework on annual bilateral FDI data for 142 countries between 1985 and 2018 to revisit this question. It finds that deep integration in the form of EU membership increases FDI by about 60% from outside the EU and by about 50% from within the EU. The effect of EU membership on FDI appears to be significantly larger than that from the less deep integration arrangements (EFTA, NAFTA, or MERCOSUR), with the Single Market the cornerstone of this differential impact. 

Thierry Mayer, Vincent Vicard, Soledad Zignago, 02 August 2018

Sixty years after the Treaty of Rome came into force, doubts about the benefits of trade openness are increasing among the general public and policymakers, with Brexit and calls from many governments for a reversal of key integration agreements painting a bleak picture of what may come next. This column revisits the gains EU members have reaped from trade integration since 1957 and what would be the costs of going backwards. The results suggest that the Single Market has increased trade between EU members by 109% on average for goods, with associated welfare gains reaching 4.4% for the average European country.

David Miles, 17 May 2017

The financial sector is a major contributor to UK’s GDP, but only a fraction comes from exports to the EU. In this video, David Miles discusses to what extent the financial sector depends on the access to the European Single Market. This video was recorded at the LSE Growth Commission in December 2016.

Swati Dhingra, Thomas Sampson, 06 August 2016

Several models exist for the UK's relationship with the EU following Brexit. This column argues that from an economic perspective, joining the European Economic Area and retaining access to the Single Market is the best available option. However, given the importance the new UK government – and at least part of the UK public – attaches to imposing controls on immigration from the EU, this option may not be politically viable. The question the UK must address as it debates the aftermath of Brexit is whether the costs of the alternative are a price worth paying.

Nicolas Véron, 08 October 2015

The EU has started conversations on a capital markets union, raising questions about integration of services such as finance. This column argues that regulated services are especially important for the European economy. Europeans will eventually be faced with a choice between maintaining sovereignty and building a single market. Whereas the ‘old’ single market in goods and unregulated services was satisfactorily addressed through standards harmonisation, the new single market challenge is all about regulatory enforcement institutions.

Marco Buti, Adriaan Dierx, Fabienne Ilzkovitz, Nuno Sousa, 13 December 2007

The EU has adopted a new approach to completing the Single Market. Choice of policy measures are not made ex-ante, but rather ex-post, following a period of market monitoring and analysis. Here are some of the new market-monitoring tools to be used.

Richard Baldwin, 16 June 2007

EU governments are defrauded of millions of euros a year on intra-EU trade. This second instalment in a five-part series looks why VAT is especially vulnerable at the borders.


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