Sustainable Prosperity for Europe

Single Market

Against the backdrop of sluggish economic performance, a functioning Single Market is often portrayed as a means of restoring growth in Europe and fostering competitiveness, ultimately benefitting EU citizens, consumers and business alike.

However, despite this recognition, the Single Market is not delivering its full potential in terms of growth and jobs. Competing national interests reflected as physical and/or regulatory barriers, and insufficient implementation of internal market rules are affecting the free movement of goods, services, and labour. Small and medium enterprises are paying the highest price for the costs of diverging standards and insufficient mutual recognition, fragmented regulations in areas such as public procurement and bankruptcy law, insufficient execution of EU directives and supervisory fragmentation. A serious divide between the EU vision and implementation, and the member states’ commitment and the everyday reality for citizens and businesses, call for a frank and open discussion on the state of play and the measures to be taken, if the EU and its member states wish to realise the benefits that a functioning Single Market can deliver.

The EPC makes use of its multiple platforms – including its Single Market Roundtable – to promote debate and recommendations about the future of the EU Single Market. These activities form an integral part of the EPC’s Sustainable Prosperity Programme.

The Single Market Roundtable

In line with its multi-constituency approach, the EPC launched in 2015 the Single Market Roundtable to facilitate discussion among the different stakeholders on the future of the Single Market. The aim of the expert discussions is to provide a more holistic view of the state of play and formulate policy recommendations for action at EU level.

Under the chairmanship of Malcolm Harbour, former Chair of the European Parliament Internal Market Committee, and with the participation of representatives from the EU institutions and the stakeholders from across sectors, the Roundtable discussions assess how well the Single Market is working and what needs to be done to reinvigorate this cornerstone of European integration.

For further information, as well as to participate to and support this initiative, please contact Johan Bjerkem, Policy Analyst or Claudiu Vladut Asandei, Programme Assistant.

Past roundtables

How to better promote public procurement of innovation in Europe? – 1 June 2017

Are we building a real Digital Single Market for consumers? - 28 February 2017

A Single Market without the UK: how will Brexit influence the Single Market agenda? – 14 November 2016

European standards for the 21st century: goods, services, and ICT - 7 September 2016

Revising mutual recognition - what is next for the Single Market for products? - 1 June 2016

The Single Market for services: state of play and the way forward - 26 April 2016

The 2014 public procurement reforms: real impact or business as usual? - 24 February 2016

Single Market strategy 2015: how to maximize its impact? - 2 December 2015

Priorities for the forthcoming Single Market strategy - 29 September 2015

Policy priorities to unleash the full potential of the single market - 28 May 2015

Project on the Modernisation of Tax Policies 

Over recent decades, taxation policy has developed in a very complex and yet often inconsistent way, posing challenges to the completion of the Single Market. Journalistic investigation on certain controversial tax practices (i.e. “Panama papers", "LuxLeaks", "Apple case") have created a fresh impetus for the introduction of new rules. 

Against this background, the EPC in cooperation with Accountancy Europe (formerly the Federation of European Accountants) launched a project on modernising tax policies with the aim to reflect on the tax-related issues in the EU Single Market and analyse the role of taxation policy in achieving economic and social objectives. Input from research activities and discussions with experts, chaired by EPC Chief Executive Fabian Zuleegwill feed into EPC publications, including concrete policy recommendations.

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