The first role of the Directorate-general is therefore to bring forward proposals for legislation aiming to remove barriers, thus simplifying life for consumers and for businesses, stimulating competition, reducing prices and widening choice. This involves not only making it easier for goods and services to circulate, but also making it easier for EU citizens to work and to live in other EU countries.
The second responsibility of the Directorate-General is to ensure that the opportunities offered by the Single Market are fully exploited. It does so by controlling the full and timely respect of Community law in co-operation with the Member States and by monitoring closely how EU law is being applied in practice.
The third task for the Directorate-general is to inform citizens and businesses about the rights they have within the Single Market and of the benefits available to them.
More details on our mission, activities and priorities can be found in the DG Internal Market and Services’ Annual Management Plan for 2013 .