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Exchange of information between Member States

Member State administrations working on the application of Single Market rules throughout the European Economic Area (EEA) need to cooperate to ensure that the rules are applied in an effective and consistent manner.

The Internal Market Information system (IMI) is being developed to improve communication between Member State administrations. It is an electronic tool that provides a system for the exchange of information so that Member States can engage in more effective day-to-day co-operation in the implementation of the Internal Market legislation. IMI helps overcome practical barriers to co-operation such as different administrative and working cultures, different languages and a lack of clearly identified partners in other Member States. It reduces administrative burdens and increases efficiency and effectiveness in day-to-day co-operation between Member States.

At present, IMI is being used to support the mutual assistance provisions of the revised Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC) and the administrative cooperation provisions of the Services Directive (2006/123/EC). IMI is designed as a general system to support multiple areas of internal market legislation and it is envisaged that its use will be expanded to further legislative areas in the future.