What is the Single Market Programme?

The Single Market Programme (SMP) is the EU funding programme to help the single market reach its full potential and ensure Europe’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With €4.2 billion over the period of 2021-2027, it provides an integrated package to support and strengthen the governance of the single market.

The single market has been at the heart of the EU for nearly 3 decades. It enables citizens to live, work and travel wherever they wish, and offers consumers protection and greater choice of high-quality products and services at lower prices. Through legal certainty, access to markets and financial services, investment opportunities and access to funding, the single market is also a launch pad for our companies.

However, the pandemic showed that the single market is yet to materialise in a number of areas and can improve in others, and that a well-functioning single market is crucial for the resilience of our economy.

The Single Market Programme pools crucial activities financed under several previous programmes. It will provide a more coherent and agile financing framework to support the following key objectives.

Objectives of the Single Market Programme

Food safety

Ensuring a safe and sustainable food chain

Consumer protection

Ensuring a high level of consumer protection, product safety and a stronger voice for consumers

Support to small and medium-sized businesses

Strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

A more effective single market

Making the internal market work better with improved market surveillance, problem-solving support to citizens and business, and enhanced competition policy

High quality European statistics

Producing and disseminating high quality European statistics

Effective European standards

Developing effective European standards and international financial and non-financial reporting and auditing standards

Calls for proposals

Find all calls for proposals under the Single Market Programme, including by objective, and partly implemented by two executive agencies

Calls for proposals

About

Background

Background and types of activity under the SMP

Legal texts and factsheets

Regulation, impact assessment and factsheet.

Budget breakdown

See the budget for each SMP objective