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No 4 (June 96/Juin 96/Juni 96)
Speaking at the 29 May plenary session of the EU's Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC), Single Market Commissionner Mario Monti welcomed the increasing attention which the Committee is paying to the Single Market issues particularly since it sets up its Single Market Observatory. The Committee adopted a series of opinions on Single Market issues, including an opinion on the Commission's 1995 annual report on the Single Market in 1995. The opinion emphasises the role of the Single Market in relation to the objective of bringing about a significant improvement in the employment situation. "This is a matter of top political priority", stressed Mr Monti. The Single Market can create stable long-term jobs not only by improving competititiveness of business and commerce, but also by increasing labour mobility and allowing better allocation of labour resources to available job opportunities".
"The big question", said Mr Monti, "is whether the Single Market legislative programmme is actually enabling business and consumers to benefit from a truly Single Market. So far the evidence is incomplete". The report on the effectiveness and economic impact of the Single Market, due to be published later this year, will help the Commission to decide if the Single Market Strategy should be adapted. In the line with that exercise, the Committee's comments are of particular importance, said Mr Monti, inviting the Committee to pursue its efforts to contribute to the improvement of the Single Market.
Anthony Dempsey DGXV/A-1
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