Single Market Month is an initiative from the European Parliament, the European Commission and other European institutions, running from 23 September until 23 October 2013. It brings citizens and EU policy-makers together online to discuss progress made so far, the challenges that remain and ideas for the future.
In concrete terms, EU citizens are invited to:
•Submit ideas on this website which can then be shared, commented and voted on
•Take part in thematic online chats with policy-makers and experts.
Single Market Month is divided into four thematic weeks (Jobs, Social rights, Banks and E-commerce), the Month will close with a Euronews TV debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 23rd of October.
Single Market Month themes
1. Jobs: Working and doing business in Europe (23-25 September 2013)
The Single Market gives EU citizens the freedom to live and work in other EU countries. This debate could include anything from setting up a business, finding a job, and more.
2. Social rights: your social protection rights in the Single Market (30 September – 2 October 2013)
Being able to live and work in other EU countries also brings with it equal access to social protection rights in that country. This debate could include anything from pensions, to unemployment benefit, using public services such as healthcare and more.
3. Banks: Europe, banks and you (07-09 October 2013)
The Single Market provides EU citizens with unrivalled access to banks and financial services. This debate could include anything from mortgages, to access to bank accounts, a banking union and more.
4. E-commerce: Buying, selling and communicating online (14-16 October 2013)
For both consumers and companies alike, buying, selling and communicating online has transformed day-to-day life. This debate could include anything from buying and selling online, to VAT on online purchases, delivery issues, privacy on social media and more.
Single Market Month closing debate
A Euronews TV debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg will bring Single Market Month to a close on the 23rd of October. You can follow the debate on this website.