Other news April 2011

Michel Barnier
12 actions for the Single Market in 2012: Together for new growth

13/04/2011

The European Commission adopted today the Single Market Act. It contains 12 key projects to revive the Single Market by 2012 while making life easier for all its actors: businesses, citizens, consumers and workers. The Commission also launched proposals for a unitary patent title today, a key action under the Single Market Act. Under the draft rules, the costs of patents in Europe will be significantly reduced.

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Commission proposes unitary patent protection to boost research and innovation

13/04/2011

As part of the Single Market Act presented today, the European Commission has tabled today a package of two legislative proposals, under enhanced cooperation, that will radically reduce the cost of patents in Europe by up to 80%.

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Corporate governance framework for European companies: what needs to be improved?
Corporate governance framework for European companies: what needs to be improved?

05/04/2011

One of the lessons of the financial crisis is that corporate governance, until now usually based on self-regulation, was not as effective as it could have been. The European Commission has launched today a public consultation that addresses the ways in which corporate governance of European companies can be improved. The deadline for submitting contributions is 22 July 2011.

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Outermost regions
Outermost regions in the single market: online discussion

02/04/2011

The EU has 9 regions that are geographically very distant from the European continent but that still form an integral part of the EU member countries they belong to. Are these regions well served by EU policies relating to the single market? Tell us what you think by taking part in our online discussion.

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Commissioner Barnier visits two of the new supervisory authorities in the financial sector
Commissioner Barnier visits two of the new supervisory authorities in the financial sector

01/04/2011

Speeches by Commissioner Barnier on the occasion of his visits to the European Banking Authority and the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority.

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