The Internal Market is underpinned by a range of supporting measures and policies which the EU
and its Member States have adopted to sweep away the technical, regulatory, legal, bureaucratic, and other barriers
that stifled free trade and free movement within the Union. The single market is a core feature of the European
Union. Assistance therefore in this area is of major importance, not only to help development in the beneficiary
countries, but also for the future of the Union as a whole.
Assistance on internal market issues targets central administrations, national parliaments,
economic operators and social partners providing specific training and examples of best practices from the old and
new Member States. Activities cover a vast array of acquis measures, mainly related to the four freedoms, but also
extended to EU policies, programmes and initiatives in a larger sense. Assistance is particularly focused on social
and employment policy, intellectual property rights issues, financial services, competition policy and consumer
protection and health policy. Focus is also given to SMEs and industry, competition issues including state aids,
structural funds, EMU and free movement of capital, taxation and customs.