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Internal Market Strategy



Internal Market Strategy (2006–2009)

The Recommendation on “Measures to improve the functioning of the Single Market” (the “Partnerships Recommendation”)

The Recommendation is one of the follow-up measures, and a direct response, to the Single Market Review (see below), which called for closer partnerships amongst Member States, and with the Commission. The objective is to make the Single Market work better on the ground.

It encourages Member States to assume a more pro-active role in managing the Single Market and to take ownership of a set of practical measures designed to improve the functioning of the Single Market at national, regional and local levels. These measures include for instance, making practical information on opportunities in other EU countries easily available; improving cooperation between national authorities; and strengthening the transposition, application and enforcement of Single Market rules on the ground.

The recommendations stem from research undertaken with Member States during 2008 and in many cases draw closely on good practices that have proved to work well in some Member States.

In addition, the Commission services drew up two Staff Working Documents, to provide information about the activities undertaken by the Commission to support Member States:

  • Commission Staff Working Document “Commission activities to improve the functioning of the Single Market”, which provides a non-exhaustive list of activities currently undertaken by the Commission in the areas covered by the Recommendation PDFEnglish
     
  • Commission Staff Working Document “Administrative cooperation in the Single Market”, which provides an overview of the main existing networks established by the Commission for administrative cooperation in the area of the Single Market PDFEnglish

A non-exhaustive list of such networks with links and short descriptions is also available on the following link:


The Single Market Review: one year on

The November 2007 Single Market Review (see below) put consumers and SMEs at the centre of policy-making and set out a new approach to the Single Market policy. A progress report published on 16 December 2008 sets out how the Commission has implemented the new vision for the single market of the 21st century. It also demonstrates the relevance of Single Market policy in the current economic situation and outlines a series of measures that have already been taken or are in the pipeline, which will help create the conditions to relaunch the European economy.

  • Press release (17.12.2008)
  • Commission Staff Working Document: “The Single Market Review: one year on” PDF - 137 KBEnglish
  • Commission Staff Working Document: “Market monitoring : State of Play and Envisaged Follow-Up”. PDF - 137 KBEnglish
See also:    European Action Plan on e-signatures and e-identification

A Citizens’ Agenda – Review of the Single Market

On 10 May 2006 the Commission adopted a Communication “A Citizens’ Agenda – delivering results for Europe”. This agenda sets out various policy initiatives in response to issues raised by citizens with an aim to strengthen their confidence in Europe. It focuses on fields such as economic integration; solidarity, access and sustainability; security; EU’s enlargement and external relations policies; as well as better regulation and institutional issues. One of the major initiatives set out by the Citizens’ Agenda is a fundamental and forward looking review of the Single Market.

The Review

Initiated in 2006, this review has resulted in a Communication on “A Single Market for 21st century Europe”, adopted by the Commission on 20 November 2007. This communication transforms the "Interim Report" of February 2007 into an operational set of initiatives to re-position the Single Market. It is accompanied by a communication on services of general interest, including social services of general interest and a paper presenting a new ’social vision’. The Single Market review package is further supported by staff working papers, which provide more detailed information on how the Commission intends to modernize Single Market policy.

20.11.20077 A Single Market for 21st century Europe
 
  • Press release (IP/07/1728)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (MEMO/07/475)
  • Text of the communication
  • Staff working paper on “the single market: review of achievements” PDF - 137 KBEnglish
  • Staff working paper on “instruments for a modernized single market policy” PDF - 137 KBEnglish
  • Staff working paper on “implementing the new methodology for product market and sector monitoring: Results of a first sector screening” PDF - 137 KBEnglish
  • Staff working paper on “the external dimension of the single market review” PDF - 137 KBEnglish
  • Staff working paper on “initiatives in the area of retail financial services” PDF - 137 KBEnglish
  • Communication on services of general interest, including social services of general interest PDF - 21 - 114 KBDeutschEnglishFrançais
  • Communication on a new social vision for 21st century Europe PDF - 21 - 114 KBDeutschEnglishFrançais
21.2.2007 Interim report to the 2007 Spring European Council
 

Public consultation on future Single Market policy (closed)

On 11 April 2006, the Directorate General for Internal Market and Services launched a public consultation on the future of the Internal Market (PDF - 79 - 132 KB ČeštinaDanskDeutschEesti keelελληνικάEnglishEspañolFrançaisItalianoLatviešu valodaLietuviµ kalbaMagyarMaltiNederlandsPolskiPortuguêsSlovenčinaSlovenščinaSuomiSvenska). This was to stimulate an open public debate across all stakeholders: citizens, business, representative organisations and public administrations, as well as academia and think-tanks. This public consultation is an essential part of the Commission’s reflections on how to take Single Market policy forward. The public consultation document provided an initial assessment of the state of the Single Market and discussed following future policy priorities:

  • Fostering market dynamism and innovation – how to ensure an innovation-friendly market which business can access quickly;
  • Better regulation – how to ensure a high quality legislative and regulatory framework;
  • Better implementation and enforcement – how to make the most of the framework already in place;
  • Taking better account of the global context – how to ensure a better fit between the internal and external environments; and
  • Investing more in information and communication.

Press Release (20.4.2006)


Report on the public consultation (21.9.2006)

The report on the public consultation PDF - 79 - 132 KB aims to provide an accurate summary of the views presented by the respondents, without trying to be a statistically representative survey. Most replies were received by mid-July 2006. They cover a broad spectrum of Single Market policy issues, from a wide range of stakeholders. Out of 1514 replies, 1272 were identical (“standard”) responses from trade unions and citizens, whereas other 242 were distinct replies, sent in mainly by representative organisations, but also by Member States and public sector, academia, as well as individual businesses and citizens.

The results of the public consultation will feed into the fundamental review of the Single Market and the report on the Single Market in the 21st century, called for by the “A Citizens’ Agenda” Communication.


Public hearing on future Single Market policy on 29 November 2006

Please note that the answers to the questions addressed to the Commission by the audience will be published shortly on this site.


Bruegel – DG Internal Market seminar “The economic policy for the Single Market of the future” on 16 January 2007

This seminar was organised jointly by DG Internal Market and Bruegel Institute. It aimed to contribute to the Commission’s Single Market Review by providing an economic analysis of the Single Market. More specifically, the seminar focused on how the Single Market could best respond to the changed economic context and whether the economic rationale and policies seen as appropriate in the context of the Single Market Programme in the 1980s and 1990s were still valid today. The speakers included academics specialising in Single Market, integration and trade policies and practitioners with experience in specific fields of financial services, intellectual property rights and competition.

  • Programme  English
  • Bruegel issues paper prepared for the seminar English
  • Statements of the speakers
  • Summary report from the seminar English
  • Conclusions from the seminar English

Eurobarometer Surveys on Internal Market policy

3 Eurobarometer surveys have been recently conducted on the EU Citizens’ and Businesses’ opinions on and experiences with Internal Market Policy:

  • “Internal Market – Opinions and experiences of Citizens in EU-25” (Special Eurobarometer 254)
    • Analytical report PDF - 21 - 114 KBDeutschEnglishFrançais
    • Summary Report PDF - 21 - 114 KBDeutschEnglishFrançais
  • “Internal Market – Opinions and experiences of Businesses in EU-15” (Flash Eurobarometer 180)
    • Analytical report PDF - 21 - 114 KBDeutschEnglishFrançais
    • Summary Report PDF - 21 - 114 KBDeutschEnglishFrançais
  • “Internal Market – Opinions and experiences of Businesses in the 10 New Member States” (Flash Eurobarometer 190)
    • Analytical report PDF - 21 - 114 KBDeutschEnglishFrançais
    • Summary Report PDF - 21 - 114 KBDeutschEnglishFrançais
  • Press Release (15.01.2007)
  • Memo (15.01.2007)

Economic studies on the Single Market

DG Economic and Financial Affairs’ economic paper “Steps towards a deeper economic integration: the internal market in the 21st century”, January 2007


Internal Market Strategy (2003-2005)

27.1.2005 Second Implementation Report of the Internal Market Strategy 2003-2006  
   
12.7.2004 Recommendation from the Commission on the transposition into national law of Directives affecting the internal market (SEC/2004/0918)  
21.1.2004 First Implementation Report of the Internal Market Strategy (2003-2006)  
   
7.5.2003 Commission presents ten-point plan for making Europe better off  
   

Internal Market Strategy (1999-2002)

11.4.2002 Review of the Internal Market Strategy  
 
  • Press Release
  • Full text of Commission Communication COM (2002) 171 final: "2002 Review of the Internal Market Strategy – Delivering the Promise"
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17.4.2001 Commission calls for EU institutions and Member States to work together to improve performance  
 
  • Press Release
  • Full text of Commission Communication COM (2001) 198 final: "2001 Review of the Internal Market Strategy - Working Together to Maintain Momentum"
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8.5.2000 Commission calls for urgent action on priority policies to help EU meet Lisbon agenda  
 
  • Press Release
  • Full text of Commission Communication COM (2000) 257 final: "2000 Review of the Internal Market Strategy"
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24.11.1999 Commission presents strategy for the next five years  
 
  • Press Release
  • Full text of Commission Communication COM (1999) 624 final: "The Strategy for Europe's Internal Market"
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6.10.1999 Commission outlines new strategy  
 
  • Press Release
  • Full text of the Consultative Communication on the Internal Market Strategy – COM (1999) 464
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  • Conclusions of the European Commission Hearing on the Strategy for Europe's Internal Market (29.10.1999)
 

Single Market Action Plan (1997-1999)

23.2.1999 Action Plan bears fruit
18.6.1997 Communication of the Commission to the Council: "Action Plan for the Single Market"
 

Last update: 17.02.2012