The next Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 September 2014 (09.00 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30) and Thursday 25 September (09.00 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 18.30) in JAN 6Q2. The draft agenda will be available soon.
Presentation of the Italian presidency programme on 24/09 PM
Ms Simona Vicari (Italian Secretary of State for Economic development) and Mr Sandro Gozi (Italian Under-Secretary for European Affairs) will present the programme of the Italian Presidency. Amongst the priorities, special efforts will be made to complete the proposals put forward in the Single Market Act II. The programme will also focused on a new “Approach to the Internal Market” (AIM), since the European Union now needs a strongly integrated economic platform and a coherent set of policies.
Study: indicators for measuring the Performance of the Single Market
An analysis of the challenges related to defining a monitoring and evaluation system to measure the economic and regulatory performance of the Single Market - for use in the context of the European Semester exercise - is provided in this study. Based upon their research, the authors conclude that an integrated measurement system can be devised by combining different methodologies, including composite indicators, sets of indicators, sectoral tools and qualitative assessments.
Validation of coordinator’s recommendation on “unfinished business”
According to Rule 229 of the Rules of Procedure, all Parliaments’ unfinished business shall be deemed to have lapsed, unless at the beginning of the new parliamentary term the Conference of Presidents decides to resume or continue them. In that context, the Committees are invited to conduct a screening exercise concerning the legislative files still open and inform the CCC on the way in which they intend to handle them. At their meeting on 8 September, IMCO committee endorsed (28-0-2) the coordinator’s recommendation.
At their meeting on 8 September, IMCO members had an exchange of views on the 2015 budget draft opinion. They adopted the amendments by bloc vote (32-4-0) and the draft opinion (30-4-0). IMCO's responsibility in the budget procedure mainly covers budget lines in titles 2 (Enterprise), 12 (Internal market), 14 (Taxation and customs union) and 17 (Health and consumer protection).
1. coordination at Union level of national legislation in the sphere of the internal market and for the customs union, in particular:
(a) the free movement of goods including the harmonisation of technical standards,
(b) the right of establishment,
(c) freedom to provide services except in the financial and postal sectors;
2. the functioning of the Single Market, including measures aimed at the identification and removal of potential obstacles to the implementation of the Single Market, including the Digital Single Market;
3. the promotion and protection of the economic interests of consumers, except for public health and food safety issues;
4. policy and legislation regarding the enforcement of Single Market rules and consumer rights.
The IMCO Committee is responsible for legislative oversight and scrutiny for EU rules on the free movement of goods and services, free movement of professionals, customs policy, standardisation and the economic interests of consumers. The committee members work to reduce barriers to economic trade and simplify legislation to enhance competitiveness across the Single Market (SM), while taking care for consumer interests in a wide range of sectors.
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A well-run SM is key to unlocking prosperity, innovation and greater competitiveness which benefits businesses and consumers. We have many challenges and opportunities ahead, especially unlocking the potential of the Digital Single Market and the single market in services.
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