Issue 17 | November 2012

Single Market Week

Following the Single Market forum in Krakow in 2011 and as part of the 20th anniversary of the European Single Market, a Single Market Week was organised from 15 to 22 October 2012. The launch event took place on Monday 15th October in the European Parliament in Brussels. With over 400 participants including José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Mario Monti, President of the Council of Ministers and Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services as well as many others including citizens from all across Europe, it was an interactive day filled with lively discussion and debate.

During the week, more than 200 activities took place in cities across the 27 Member States of the European Union including conferences, debates, exhibitions, on-line debates, quizzes and competitions, publications, TV & radio programmes. Through these events, the aim was to bring together European citizens and businesses with Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Council and the Member States to mark and reflect on the past, present and future of the Single Market. European citizens, students, experts, businesses, national and local public authorities were provided with opportunities to discuss the main achievements of the single Market during the last 20 years but also to look ahead, and share their views and expectations on the main challenges that the Single Market must overcome in the future.

"This is an anniversary that we want to celebrate in a pro-active way. Now is not the time for nostalgia. What we need to do now is to try to meet citizens' concerns. Sometimes they are angry about what is going on, sometimes they are frustrated, and we need to make sure that we have a Single Market that is at the service of a competitive market economy but which also has a social dimension."

Latest news »« TOP
Commission sets out an action plan for online gambling

Online gambling in the EU is characterised by differing national rules. The Commission has unveiled an action plan, with a series of initiatives over the next two years aimed at clarifying the regulation of online gambling and encouraging cooperation between Member States.

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20 prize-winning 20-year olds in a creative competition on the 20th anniversary of the European single market

On 15 October, as part of the launch event of Single Market Week, Commissioner Barnier and Toine Manders MEP presented awards to 20 young people, all 20 years of age, winners of the ‘Generation 1992’ creative competition, in which young Europeans born in 1992 (the year in which the European single market was launched) were asked to show what this vast open market meant to them. Their prizes included a traineeship in the European institutions. Competition entries included photographs, video clips, articles, cartoons or indeed smartphone apps, and on any one of four themes. In the end, more than 380 young people from all 27 EU countries participated in the competition.

Watch the video | Winning entries

Banking Union and the Single Market - Speech by M. Barnier after the European Council

"The solution to our problems is not less Europe, but more Europe. In particular, it is a more modern single market, better adapted to the new economic, technological and social conditions of our time." Speech by Commissioner Barnier during his visit to the Netherlands in the framework of the Single Market Week.

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Mandatory social security services: Reaction by the Commission to Mr Tarabella's press release

In a press release dated 17 October 2012, Marc Tabella MEP states that, in the framework of the legislative initiative on public procurement, the Commission is proposing to "open up mandatory social security services to the private sector." The Commission formally denies any allegation of such an intention.

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Commissioner Barnier welcomes final adoption of the Orphan Works Directive

"Today's adoption of the Orphan Works Directive is a significant achievement in our efforts to create a digital single market. It will enable easy online access for all citizens to our cultural heritage. The swift and successful outcome of the legislative process and the broad consensus reached both in the Council and the Parliament prove that by working together we can agree on measures to ensure that the EU copyright rules are fit for purpose in the digital age. Alongside other achievements such as the European Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the mass digitisation of out-of-commerce books, this Directive is one more step in making licensing and online access to cultural content easier."

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Final report by the European Banking Authority (EBA) on the recapitalisation of European banks: statement by Commissioner Barnier

"This final report by EBA on the bank recapitalisation exercise provides important details on the state of the European banking sector". Statement by Commissioner Barnier.

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Visits and Missions »« TOP
Commissioner Barnier, Brazil - 4 October 2012

Commissioner Barnier gave a public conference on October 4 on the situation in the euro zone and European and euro-Brazilian economical perspectives. From October 4 to 6, Commissioner Barnier had bilateral meetings with the Central Bank (BCB), the Minister of Finance Guido Mantega, the Securities Regulator (CVM), and representatives of the Federation of Industries of the state of Sao Paulo, which allowed him to reaffirm the validity of the euro zone and explain the latest developments (Banking Union, ESM, SMA II). Contacts were taken with the Ministry of Finance to develop relations on public procurement. The meetings with BCB and CVM helped develop the agenda of the regulatory dialogue on Financial Services between DG MARKT and Brazil, held on October 8.

Commissioner Barnier, Toulouse - 12 October 2012

Michel Barnier visited Toulouse on Friday, 12 October for a work meeting with a panel of business leaders in the region Midi-Pyrénées. Organized by the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this exchange was an opportunity to discuss problems related to the financing of SMEs public procurement, European standards and innovation. The Commissioner also visited the premises of the company Websourd on the theme of social entrepreneurship.

Commissioner Barnier, 15 - 22 October 2012

In the context of the Single Market Week, the Commissioner visited Romania, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Slovakia and Austria between 16 and 22 October, to meet different decision makers and major political figures of the country to discuss with them the problems of renewed growth in Europe, and the necessary adaptations to the Single Market (SMA II). During these visits, the Commissioner recalled the great progress made possible by the Single Market, particularly in terms of movement of people, knowledge, goods and services within the European Union. He also reiterated his vision for the single market and the need for its development, to enable sustainable growth, based on innovation and supported by social values. The Commissioner concluded by recalling the necessary cohesion of all members of the Single Market for achieving these goals.

Consultations »« TOP
  22.10.2012  -  14.01.2013Public procurementConsultation on e-invoicing in public procurement

  02.10.2012  -  13.11.2012BankingConsultation on the recommendations of the High-level Expert Group on Reforming the structure of the EU banking sector

  05.10.2012  -  28.12.2012Financial ServicesConsultation on a possible framework for the recovery and resolution of nonbank financial institutions

  05.09.2012  -  29.11.2012Financial Markets InfrastructureConsultation Document on the Regulation of Indices

News from the Parliament »« TOP
Strasbourg plenary week (October 22 - 26 2012)
  • Key debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting of 18-19 October 2012
    During this debate, Political groups expressed their common satisfaction at the outcome of the European Summit on the issue of bank supervision. Commenting on establishment of a single bank supervision system for the Eurozone, the legislation for which is to be introduced later this year, the President of the EPP group, Joseph Daul (FR) said that all the 6,000 or so banks in the Eurozone should be covered and although some banks were too big to fail, then no banks were too small to be supervised at EU level.
  • Joint debate - 20th anniversary of the Single Market - Single Market Act II + Report on the 20 main concerns of European citizens and business with the functioning of the Single Market
    The success of the Single Market was highlighted, but also its limitations and their social, economic and political consequences with the rise of Euroscepticism. Commissioner Barnier stated that the Single Market was at the heart of battle for competitiveness and called attention to the urgency for an acceleration of discussions on the 11 priority texts of the SMA which are not yet adopted – mentioning in particular public procurement, patents, professional qualifications, venture capital and transparency. In this context, the Commissioner presented SMA II, its 4 major chapters (networks, mobility, digital economy, confidence/cohesion) and highlighted some significant examples among the 12 priority actions (blue belt, EURES, insolvency). As for SMA I, the Commission is committed to an accelerated adoption of thes texts (by spring 2013) and requests the Parliament and the Council to prioritise their examination with a view to adoption by the end of the legislature.
  • Debate – MiFID/R
    The general tone was consensual in the debate on the reports of Mr. Ferber (EPP, DE), adopted the following October 26 by the plenary, and it was referred to ECON to allow trilogues.

See also:
  Website: IMCO (Internal Market Committee)
  Website ECON (Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee)

For your diary »Latest publications »Question of the Month »
  19 November 2012
Conference on Financial Stability, the Single Market and Growth

  26 November 2012
Conference on Remedies in Public Procurement - State of Play, Challenges and Opportunities

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Do you believe it was necessary for the Commission to unveil an action plan aimed at clarifying the regulation of online gambling and encouraging cooperation between Member States?


Results from the last month:
Do you agree that the package for banking supervision in the Eurozone proposed by the Commission was necessary?
YES - 94%
NO - 6%

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