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Single Market Month: sharing ideas online to change Europe

19/09/2013 Speech balloons saying

23 September sees the launch of one month of online debates on jobs, banks, social rights, and e-commerce. Individuals, organisations and policy-makers will together trade ideas that could change Europe.

The EU is organising a vast online debate across Europe from 23 September to 23 October: to hear citizens’ ideas that can change the future of the Single Market.

Single Market Month will take place online and will be organised in 24 languages over the course of four successive weeks, with a different policy theme explored each week:

  • Jobs (23 - 25 September): How to find work, set up a business, or get qualifications recognised in Europe
  • Social rights (30 September - 2 October): Social-protection rights in the EU Single Market, pensions, healthcare, public services
  • Banks (7 - 9 October): Protecting deposits, preventing another financial crisis, making sure that banks invest in the real economy to foster growth
  • E-commerce (14 - 16 October): Selling products online, buying products and having them delivered to another country, protection of personal data on social networking sites.

Single Market Month provides a unique opportunity for Europe's netizens to comment on, challenge, and refine Commission policies and strategies. Participants will have a number of ways to interact with policy makers:

  • proposing policy ideas to improve the Single Market
  • voting and commenting on policy ideas submitted by others
  • questioning EU experts, MEPs, and other Brussels personalities through live video chats.

Ideas can be submitted on the online platform. Over 300 ideas have already been submitted by stakeholders and individuals: introduction of a professional mobility card for nurses, an initiative to increase young people's financial literacy, etc.

You can already vote on these and other ideas and you will be able to debate on a different theme each week Independent moderators will summarise the results of these debates, which will be published in a final report meant to help formulate the EU laws of tomorrow.