INVITATION: Breakfast Event

Join us for a breakfast discussion and have your say as the European Parliament launches a debate on the EU Service Package
Get feedback on the upcoming EU legislation in the area of services, put forward ideas and raise awareness on the impacts for business service providers and solo traders.
Time: Tuesday 31 January 2017, 08.00 - 09.30
Place: European Parliament, Rue Wiertz, B-1047 Brussels - Members’ Salon, ASP Floor 0

08:00   Welcome by the Host
08:10 – 08:25   Obstacles and Solutions for One Person Businesses Establishing and Operating Cross-Border  
Andrew CHAMBERLAIN, Deputy Director of Policy and External Affairs – UK Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE)
08:25 – 08:40   How We Can Better Integrate Business Service Providers in the EU Internal Market  
Kasper ERNEST, Secretariat – European Business Service Alliance (EBSA)
08:40 – 09:10   Panellists’ Statements
- Lara COMI [TBC], MEP (EPP, IT) – Rapporteur of the Single Market Strategy
- Phyllis FARRUGIA, Maltese Presidency of the European Union
- Henning EHRENSTEIN, Deputy Head of Unit Service Policy for Consumers – European Commission DG Grow
09:10 – 09:30  Debate with Panelists and the Audience on Ways to Address Regulatory Barriers for the Cross-Border Provision of Services
Moderated by Marco TORREGROSSA, Secretary General – European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP)
09:30   Wrap Up and Next Steps
Egbert ROOZEN, Board Member – Dutch Platform of Independent Professionals (PZO)
Register here by 27 January >>
Marco Torregrossa, EFIP
With a turbulent Europe, we need to take good care of the cornerstone of our European corporation, the Single Market. This means reforms with a special focus on new ways of opening up for cross-border trading in services and goods. My hope is that the Services Package from the Commission will be the first and future step to achieve this.
Morten Løkkegaard, MEP
Marco Torregrossa, EFIP
Self-employed professionals face complexity and uncertainty of administrative procedures operating across borders in the EU. This lowers their productivity, competition remains limited and prices increase. Lawmakers need to promote the necessary reforms to ensure easier operations for business service providers.
– Marco Torregrossa, EFIP
Marco Torregrossa, EFIP
Independent professionals offer specialist skills on a flexible basis. They make a huge contribution to EU economies, and that contribution can be enhanced by enabling cross border working with as few regulatory barriers as possible.
– Andrew Chamberlain, IPSE
Marco Torregrossa, EFIP
We are working to promote an internal market for business services. It is clear, that in many ways we still have some way to go with that endeavour.
– Kasper Ernest, EBSA
This event is jointly organised by the European Forum of Independent Professionals (EFIP) and the European Business Service Alliance (EBSA). It has been made possible with the kind support of Mr Morten Løkkegaard, MEP (ALDE, DK).

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