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January 2007DG Economic and Financial Affairs' economic paper on the Single Market "Steps towards a deeper economic integration: the internal market in the 21st century"
 DG Economic and Financial Affairs published an economic paper on the Single Market in January 2007 as a contribution to the Commission's Single Market Review. The aim of this paper is to analyse the effects of the implementation of the Internal Market Programme and to propose ideas on how its potential can be better exploited. Overall the paper concludes that the Internal Market is a powerful instrument to promote economic integration and to increase competition within the EU and that it has been the source of large macro-economic benefits. However, these gains could have been substantially larger if the removal of most of the remaining cross-border barriers was achieved.

Services of General Economic Interest

Evaluation of the Methodology used to assess the performance of the network industries providing services of general economic interest (SGEI) - external evaluation report
31.10.2007
  • Executive Summary PDFEnglish
  • Final Report PDFEnglish
  • Annex: detailed results of the survey PDFEnglish
Report 2006
13.07.2007Consumers benefit as market opening leads to better performing network industries
12.07.2007Horizontal evaluation of the performance of network industries providing services of general economic interest
  • Commission Staff Working Paper (SEC(2007) 1024) PDF - 166-216 KBEnglish
  • Annex PDF - 580 KBEnglish
Report 2005
22.12.2005EU driven reforms of services of general interest benefit consumers and improve performance
20.12.2005Horizontal evaluation of the performance of network industries providing services of general economic interest
  • Commission Staff Working Paper (SEC(2005) 1781) PDF - 166-216 KBEnglish
  • Annex PDF - 580 KBEnglish
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09.2005"Market Opening in Network Industries"
  • Part 1 PDF - 580 KBEnglish
  • Part 2 PDF - 580 KBEnglish
  • Part 2 Explanatory note PDF - 580 KBEnglish
09.2005Special Eurobarometer 226 "Prices and quality of services of general economic interest in the 10 new Member States"
  • Full Report PDF - 580 KBEnglishFranais
  • Summary PDF - 580 KBEnglishFranais
07.2005Special EUROBAROMETER 219 "Services of General Interest - EU 25", available at DG SANCO website
Report 2004
28.6.2004Network services: Opening to competition improves performance, cuts prices and ensures quality
23.6.2004Horizontal evaluation of the performance of network industries providing services of general economic interest
  • Commission Staff Working Paper (SEC(2004) 866) PDF - 166-216 KBEnglish
Related documents
12.2003Flash Eurobarometer 150 - "The quality of the services" PDFFranais
 Focus group survey on consumer satisfaction about Services of General Interest
18.6.2002Communication from the Commission: "A Methodological Note for the Horizontal Evaluation of Services of General Economic Interest" COM(2002)331pdf
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Product and Capital Markets (Cardiff Report)

Reports

2002
23.12.2002EU needs to step up economic reform to reach its competitiveness objectives
2001
10.12.2001Further market reforms can help fight economic slowdown
Market performance of network industries providing services of general economic interest
2000-2001
09.01.2001EU consumers continue to benefit, but reforms must be accelerated
  • Press release Choose translations of the previous link 
  • Full text of the report - Document COM (2000) 881
  • Thematic annex PDF - 1.2 MbDanskDeutschελληνικάEnglishEspa?lFran?isItalianoNederlandsPortugu?SuomiSvenska
  • Statistical annex, part 1 PDF - 1.2 MbDanskDeutschελληνικάEnglishEspa?lFran?isItalianoNederlandsPortugu?SuomiSvenska
  • Statistical annex, part 2 PDF - 1.2 MbDanskDeutschελληνικάEnglishEspa?lFran?isItalianoNederlandsPortugu?SuomiSvenska
1999-2000
27.01.2000Commission's product and capital markets report stresses opportunity for structural economic reform
1998-1999
20.01.1999Commission adopts report on economic reforms of product and capital markets

Impact and effectiveness of the Internal Market

30.10.1996Communication on the Impact and Effectiveness of the Single Market
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 Background document PDF - 1.2 MbEnglishFran?is

Other documents

05.2002Price differences for supermarket goods in Europe PDF - 1.2 MbEnglish
04.2002

Study on consumers perceptions and satisfaction with selected industries providing services of general economic interest in the 15 Member States

  • Full text PDF - 1.2 MbFran?ispdf Choose translations of the previous link 
  • Annex PDF - 1.2 MbFran?ispdf Choose translations of the previous link 
01.2002Study to Analyse, Compare, and Apply Alternative Indicators and Monitoring Methodologies to Measure the Evolution of Capital Market Integration in the European Union
  • Full Text PDF - 1.2 MbEnglish
  • Annexes PDF - 1.2 MbEnglish
05.2001Study on "Price dispersion in the Internal Market" PDF - 1.2 MbEnglish
01.2001Study on "Barriers to Trade in Business Services" - prepared for the use of the European Commission (Enterprise and Internal Market Directorate General)
  • Text of the study PDF - 1.2 MbEnglish
  • Appendices PDF - 1.2 MbEnglish