European Single Market

The Single Market is a fundamental driver which has made the EU as a whole an economic powerhouse with record import and export capacities globally. SMEs have had no small part to play in it, no matter whether agri-food, industrial machinery, consumer goods or digital services.

A functioning SM is based on the freedom to provide services and the freedom to provide goods. Unfortunately, red tape continues to exist, which can be because of regulatory uncertainty or slow processes in implementation. As EEA, it is not only of interest to remove these hindering factors, but also advise decision-makers on how to facilitate the freedom to provide services and goods with regard to future standards of innovation which SMEs account for. 

 Furthermore, the EEA believes in looking beyond the borders of the EU in light of bilateral agreements with third countries such as Canada and Japan, accession countries such Serbia and Turkey, the EFTA, or the future relationship with the UK. Most importantly though, it is of key interest to create a playing field which allows for fair competition. This can, for example, be guaranteed based on reciprocity and/or parity in regulation.

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