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The next Committee Meeting will be held on Monday 8 September 2014 (15.00 - 18.30) in JAN 2Q2. The draft agenda is available here.
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Vicky Ford (ECR/UK) is the new chair of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer protection, elected by acclamation on 07.07.14. During its constituent meeting, the Committee has also elected by acclamation its vice-chairs Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP/SV), Robert Rochefort (ALDE/FR), Catherine Stihler (S&D/EN) and Sergio Cofferati (S&D/IT). Together, the chair and vice-chairs make up the bureau of the Committee, elected for a two-and-a-half year term.

Election of committee chair and vice-chairs

The IMCO Committee hold its constituent meeting (07,07,2014) following the election of its members by the European Parliament on 03.07.14. During this meeting, the Committee elected its bureau, consisting of a chair and up to four vice-chairs, for a two-and-a-half year term.

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After the election of a President, Vice-Presidents and Quaestors of the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week, parliamentary committees convened on Monday in Brussels to elect chairpersons and their deputies for next two and a half years.

Presentation and responsibilities
Committee responsible for:
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.
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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.
You can follow our Committee's work on this site which includes agendas, meeting documents, information on hearings/workshops, video streaming and our newsletter.
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.  
Our mission is to ensure safe products, safeguard consumer rights, keep consumers informed about products/services, crack down on anti-competitive behaviour and reduce administrative burdens.
The committee works with all EU Member States to ensure that SM rules are practicable and that they are properly implemented and enforced on time.
It is a privilege to Chair this important Committee, and to work with members from across the political spectrum to bring real benefits to consumers, businesses and other organisations across the SM.
Vicky Ford