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A Series of Online Policy Events

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose challenges for Europe, work is underway to boost economic activity and support the recovery. It is therefore vital, perhaps now more than ever, that stakeholders engage on what tools Europe has at its disposal in order to bolster economic activity and cement its global competitiveness. This Forum Europe and Alibaba Group online policy event series will focus on the contribution that e-commerce and retail, smart logistics and trade, data, and innovation can make. It will bring together stakeholders for an open and transparent discussion on the nature of business and global trade in this new and challenging environment.

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SMEs and the Recovery and Resilience Facility

Building Stronger Businesses

24 June 2021 | 10:00 – 11:15 CEST 

The Recovery and Resilience Facility is designed to support EU member states in delivering a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. As the Commission begins to evaluate the plans submitted by member states, this next session in the Forum Europe and Alibaba online discussion series will look at the vital role that SMEs play in Europe’s recovery, and look concretely at the challenges they face in the current environment.

In cooperation with YouGov, Alibaba has commissioned a quantitative study among more than 2,000 SMEs across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Poland to better understand the obstacles they face in establishing and growing their e-commerce and trade operations in Europe and beyond.

Join us for the results of this study and a discussion around SME challenges through the lens of the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Speakers Include


Poppy Carnell

Chief Correspondent


Maria Munoz

María Muñoz

Deputy Director General for SME Support

Ministry for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Spain

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Felicia Stanescu

Head of Unit, Secretariat General, Recovery and Resilience Taskforce

European Commission

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Annalisa Barbagallo

Head of Government Relations Europe

Alibaba Group

Lina Konstantinopoulou

Lina Konstantinopoulou

Policy Director


Maximilian Kaub

Maximilian Kaub

Business Unit Manager Marketing/Sales/Export

Confiserie Burg Lauenstein

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