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Enrico Letta receives European mandate to think about the future of the internal market

Photo credits: Photographer Maurice Weiss, taken during the Pariser Platz Dialogue Event 2022

The President of our Paris sister organisation, the Jacques Delors Institute, will prepare a high-level report on the future of the EU’s internal market to be presented at the March 2024 European Summit in Brussels.  

With four months to go before the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first semester of 2024 and in line with the Spanish Presidency and the European Commission, Prime Minister Alexander de Croo commissioned Enrico Letta, former President of the Italian Council and President of the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris, to prepare a high-level report on the future of the EU's internal market.  

This mandate follows the conclusions of the European Council of 29 and 30 June, calling for “an independent High-Level Report on the future of the Single Market to be presented at its meeting of March 2024 and invites the incoming presidencies of the Council and the Commission to take this work forward, in consultation with the Member States”.  

Enrico Letta welcomes with great honor the opportunity to continue the work started by our namesake Jacques Delors ("Europe 92"), who made the Single Market the cornerstone of European integration. 

To prepare for the challenges of tomorrow, the future internal market requires new stages in its integration, both in financial terms and with a view to future enlargements. It must be able to better adapt its functioning and resilience in times of crisis. Finally, given the brutalisation of power relations in the world, the internal market is called upon to serve as a greater lever of power for Europe. 

The Jacques Delors Institute and its president are fully mobilised to bring this strategic reflection forward. The Jacques Delors Centre in Berlin will directly support the work on the report.   

For press requests in French, please reach out to Lara Martelli, martelli@delorsinstitute.eu, +33 6 28 78 85 64 

The Jacques Delors Institute is a European think tank founded by Jacques Delors in 1996 (under the name of Notre Europe), at the end of his presidency of the European Commission. Based in Paris, it is chaired by Enrico Letta and directed by Sébastien Maillard. It operates in collaboration with the Jacques Delors Centre (Hertie School, Berlin) and Europe Jacques Delors (Brussels).