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Single Market for Goods

The EU Single Market for Goods consists of 500 million consumers and 21 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Trade within the internal market is essential for the growth of enterprises and inward investment. The European Commission’s main goal is to ensure the free movement of goods within the market, and to set high safety standards for consumers and the protection of the environment.

EU business benefit from:

  • a 'home market' of over 500 million consumers for their products
  • easier access to a wide range of suppliers and consumers
  • lower unit costs
  • greater commercial opportunities.

EU citizens benefit from:

  • lower prices
  • more innovation and faster technological development
  • higher standards of safety and environmental protection.

On this website

  • New Legislative Framework - to improve the internal market for goods and strengthen the conditions for placing a wide range of products on the EU Market, the New Legislative Framework was adopted in 2008. More about the New Legislative Framework
  • Building blocks of Single Market - legislation on Single Market for goods aims to ensure that products placed on the EU market meet high health, safety and environmental requirements. Products allowed to be sold in the EU can circulate without barriers to trade and with a minimum of administrative burden. More about the building blocks of Single Market
  • Free movement in harmonised and non-harmonised sectors - the principle of free movement of goods ensures that these provisions do not lead to the creation of unjustified barriers to trade. More about the free movement of goods
  • International aspects of the Single Market - through its relations with non-member countries, the EU tries to ensure the best possible conditions for international trade in regulated products. More about the international aspects

Guidance on EU product rules

  • Comprehensive guidance on the implementation of EU product rules can be found in the so-called Blue Guidepdf Choose translations of the previous link  (3 MB). This version (1.1) of the Blue Guide differs from the previous version (published in 2014) in formatting only. The content remains the same.
  • The application of Treaty provisions governing the free movement of goods.