The Single Market has become part of people's lives, barriers have been brought down and rules simplified. Nevertheless it is not always running as smoothly as it should. To bridge the remaining gaps, a variety of tools have been developed, at EU and Member State level. These tools are put to use at all stages of the governance cycle. They aim to:
What does "governance" mean?
The governance of the Single Market is the set of mechanisms, rules and practices to design, implement, apply and enforce the Single Market regulatory framework. In other words, the way in which the Single Market works in practice and delivers concrete results.
Inform citizens and businesses about their rights under EU law (the Your Europe website, EURES, ECC-Net and give them advice for the specific situation they find themselves in (Your Europe Advice, EURES, ECC-Net).
Enable citizens and businesses to make use of their rights by simplifying and speeding up administrative procedures, both at home and across borders, through online eGovernment portals (the Points of Single Contact).
Evaluate the situation based on feedback from all preceding stages of the cycles and on roadmaps and impact assessments.
Adopt new rules to govern the Single Market or whether existing rules need to be adapted, simplified or deleted.