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The enlargement process is the best example of the external dimension of the Internal Market. Candidate countries have to align their regulatory systems (legislation and related enforcement) with the Internal Market acquis in order to be able to fully participate in the Internal Market at the time of their accession. They must also have administrative capacity to implement the acquis. The services of the Commission responsible for the Single Market actively participate in the negotiation process and monitor the follow-up up to accession, with a view to ensuring the best possible functioning of the enlarged Internal Market thereafter.

The Internal Market and Services Directorate General covers 6 of the 35 chapters into which the acquis is divided for the purpose of the accession negotiations (the following list reflects the chapters used in the negotiations with Croatia and Turkey):

  • Chapter 3 – Freedom to provide services: this chapter covers a) the EC Treaty principles and related case-law concerning the right of establishment and the freedom to provide services; b) the mutual recognition of professional qualifications; and c) postal services.
  • Chapter 4 – Free movement of capital: this chapter covers a) the EC Treaty principles and related case-law concerning capital movements and payments; b) payment systems; and c) measures to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.
  • Chapter 5 – Public procurement.
  • Chapter 6 – Company law, including financial reporting requirements.
  • Chapter 7 – Intellectual property law, including both copyright & related rights and industrial property rights, as well as enforcement of these rights.
  • Chapter 9 – Financial services.

In addition, 3 legal acts on information society services under the responsibility of the Internal Market and Services Directorate General are covered in Chapter 10 – Information society and media.

For more information about the acquis managed by Internal Market and Services Directorate General, please consult our ”Guidebook“pdf Choose translations of the previous link  (This is NOT an official document of the European Commission and therefore does not necessarily represent the official position of this institution).