A well-functioning Single Market – Economic engine of the EU

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The original purpose of the Single Market was to create a more favourable environment for entrepreneurship, the movement of people, competitiveness and trade. Achieving this would stimulate economic growth and increase prosperity for European citizens. This must remain the point of departure for future efforts to develop the Single Market.

The recipe for a competitive EU

A market where common rules are introduced and applied to ensure that a level playing field is guaranteed throughout the EU. Thus, European competitiveness will be held back as long as there are barriers to the freedom of movement for goods, services, capital and people across the EU.

Unfortunately, significant barriers still exist. Companies report national requirements for adapting goods to regulatory frameworks despite the existence of harmonized EU legislation and the principle of mutual recognition. Equal opportunities for domestic companies in relation to cross-border trade in services or establishment would not be a problem, should all Member States fully implement and apply the Services Directive. It is therefore important to concentrate on continued harmonisation of rules and their application in the Single Market to achieve equal conditions for all businesses.

The necessary frameworks are largely in place, but much work remains to realize the full potential of the Single Market. Certain principles should, however, guide these efforts. Common legislation must be appropriate for its purpose, prepared in consultation with affected companies, and must be implemented and applied to provide equal terms for companies throughout the EU.

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