Federal Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier (right) and the new European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton (left).

Federal Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier (right) and the new European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton (left).

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Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier will today meet with the new European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, in Berlin to discuss the Commission's upcoming projects in the areas of industry, SMEs, the internal market and digital policy. At this first official meeting with one another, Minister Altmaier and Commissioner Breton will also talk about Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2020.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Minister Altmaier said: "Europe must remain internationally competitive and innovative if it is to successfully tackle the major challenges we are currently facing and serve as a model for other regions in the world. To achieve this, we must make use of the opportunities and strengths of the internal market and constantly improve them, especially in the field of digitisation and, specifically, artificial intelligence. What we need is a reliable and sustainable economic policy environment for our companies".

Thierry Breton has been European Commissioner for the Internal Market since 1 December 2019. His responsibilities also include the fields of industry, SMEs, digital affairs, defence and space.