Opinion Factsheet  

Single Market Barriers Report and Single Market Enforcement Action Plan

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Opinion Number: CDR 2355/2020
Rapporteur: TRUSKOLASKI Tadeusz
Commission: ECON
Status: Adopted
Date: 14/10/2020
 
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

- believes that the European single market is one of the greatest achievements of the European Union (EU), and represents a unique model of integration in the world by guaranteeing free movement of people, goods, services and capital throughout the EU and in associated countries and regions;

- appreciates the efforts of the European Commission (EC) to identify barriers to the European single market and points out that its communication of 10 March 2020 presents key problems concerning businesses that require immediate solutions. Regrets however that the two EC communications focus mainly on the obstacles perceived by businesses and did not address concerns by other social partners and address consumer aspects only peripherally;

- acknowledges that the form of the current regulations and tools for the single market is better suited to exchange of goods than of services. The Committee stresses the need to build flexible tools that can quickly be adapted to changing and newly emerging products and services;

- calls on the EC to be proactive and, together with the EU legislators, ensure that the existing procedures for A1 certification in border regions are simplified;

- encourages the extension of the powers and geographical structure of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO);

- welcomes the establishment of a Single Market Enforcement Task-Force (SMET) but regrets that its membership is so far restricted to representatives of Member States;

- considers it essential to make bold decisions on Member States in breach of binding legislation so that proceedings could be imminently launched, carried out and enforced;

- calls for better application of the principle of mutual recognition to the free movement of goods, which has not been used to its full potential in practice, and for applying this principle to the area of services as much as possible.