Single Market Act II - Together for new growth: extracts from the press conference by Michel BARNIER, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services
Première transmission: 03/10/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC
Fin de production: 03/10/2012
On 3 October, Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, presented the 'Single Market Act II' that the European Commission has adopted today.
This second phase of the Single Market Act is putting forward twelve key actions for rapid adoption by the EU institutions. These actions are concentrated on four main drivers for growth, employment and confidence: a) integrated networks, b) cross border mobility of citizens and businesses, c) the digital economy, and d) actions that reinforce cohesion and consumer benefits.
Single Market Act II follows in the footsteps of a first set of measures presented by the Commission - the "Single Market Act I - and represents a new chapter in a process towards a deeper and better integrated single market.
It marks the 20th anniversary of the EU's single market and raises the curtain on the Single Market Week (15-20 October 2012). Under the theme "Together for new growth", a week-long series of events across the EU will give an opportunity to policy-makers and citizens to discuss the achievements and challenges of the single market and come up with new ideas.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Michel Barnier, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market and Services, arriving
||General view of press conference
||SOUNDBITE (in French) Michel Barnier saying that: I am very happy to confirm that this morning, the college adopted the Single market act II. This is a collective piece of work and it is a very important piece of work. It is the follow up to the first stage of the single market act which we presented a year ago in a context of very lucid diagnosis of the internal market which Mario Monti had carried out.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) Michel Barnier saying that: Now, we think that 5 of these 12 proposals, if the political willing is there in the Council and the Parliament, these five could be adopted by the end of this year; the one on patent, strengthen cooperation, the risk capital passport, the investment fund for social entrepreneurship and the proposal on alternative conflict settlement and the directive on the counting standards. There were requirement for transparency in market in business whether listed or not when making investment in forestry or extraction of mining.
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||SOUNDBITE (in French) Michel Barnier saying that: Our citizens remain very much at the heart of what we are doing. When I came the European Commission, I declared my desire to reconcile the need of the small business, the need of the consumers with the need of the single market. These are precise operational proposals which are designed to create this conciliation and to create for consumers and citizens, the best possible eco-system for investments and initiatives.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Michel Barnier leaving (2 shots)