24 Feb, 2022

Parliament seeks to address single market shortcomings through removing barriers

MEPs voted in favour of a report which addresses non-tariff and non-tax barriers in the single market.

It states the objectives of both the Green Deal and Digital agenda depend on the effective function of a European single market. They highlighted consumer choice, jobs and business opportunities were reduced through restrictive national regulations and regional supply issues.

MEPs stated there has been a lack of enforcement with inadequate implementation and enforcement of EU law, and any assessment of existing barriers should be based on those engaging with the daily activity of single market entry. They requested improved harmonization and application of EU Law, monitoring of national rules to ensure balance between justified and unjustified barriers alongside increased digitalization of public services. MEPs requested the commission to bring forward an action plan by mid-2022 to improve the notification procedure under the services directive, proposing  ways to remove unnecessary and ineffective geo-blocking and to address restrictions on professional qualifications.

MEPs highlighted the positive role of digitalization in eliminating these obstacles, but stated companies and consumer must have clear, impactful, and harmonized rules. They state member states must refrain from deviating national rules, with solutions sought at a European level, where rules are proportionate and non-discriminatory.

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