Media release

Competitiveness Council: A digital economy for smart, sustainable and inclusive EU growth

19 March 2015

Within the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, a two-day informal meeting of Competitiveness Ministers (COMPET) will take place on 26-27 March in Riga.

It will bring together ministers from the European Economic Area responsible for internal market issues and industry, and representatives from the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council and the European Parliament. The meeting will be chaired by the Latvian Minister for Economics, Dana Reizniece-Ozola. In order to have a fruitful debate, leaders from local and EU-level business communities have been invited as keynote speakers.

As the EU must seize digital opportunities in order to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, the main theme for the informal meeting will be the EU digital economy. Discussions will be organised in three sessions covering the role of the EU Single Market in the digital economy, the digitalisation of industry and digital entrepreneurship issues.

Information for the media

Photo and video opportunities will be available at the meeting. After the meeting, a press conference will be held by the Latvian Economics Minister, Dana Reizniece-Ozola, and the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, at the National Library of Latvia on 27 March at 15:00 (EET). 

The working sessions, handshakes, doorsteps, tour-de-table and press conference will be livestreamed on

More information on photo and video opportunities is available in the Media Programme

The media accreditation form.

On 26 March the Single Market Forum will take place in Riga. The Forum in Riga will bring together results from 20 local Single Market events organised by the European Commission in 2014. It will provide an opportunity to review how Single Market legislation works in practice, identify the remaining problems, and discuss the need for further action through a debate between the EU institutions, SMEs and other stakeholders.

The proper functioning of the Single Market must be a shared endeavour given its importance for growth and jobs in the European Union. For the Commission, the results of the Single Market Forum will be an important input into its further work.

The event will be livestreamed.

Information for the media

Due to a limited number of places, journalists are asked to register entering the password ‘forum’.

Jānis Rungulis
Spokesperson (COREPER I)
Elita Rubesa-Voravko
Expert in communication
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