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The next Committee Meeting will be held on Wednesday 5 November (15.00 - 18.30) in JAN 4Q1. The draft agenda is available here
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Conclusions of the reports on the Cost of Non Europe

The Cost of Non Europe Reports (5 reports) seeks to evaluate the possibilities for gains and/or the realisation of a ‘public good’ through common action at EU level in specific policy areas and sectors. It seeks to analyse the costs for citizens, businesses and relevant stakeholders of the 'gaps' in the Single Market, and identify gaps where further EU legislative action could be beneficial. On this basis, it provides tentative estimates of the cost of non-Europe in the Single Market.

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Mandates to enter trialogue negotiations

On 6 October, IMCO Members voted to give a mandate to the rapporteur Andreas Schwab (EPP, DE) to open up negotiations with the Council on draft law on Network and Information Security (28 votes to 2). The same majority also gave a green light for the rapporteur Liisa Jaakonsaari (S&D, FI) to start the negotiations with the Council on draft law promoting the cooperation between Member States and the Commission to correctly apply law on customs.

Conclusions of the studies on consumer protection & discrimination of consumers

The conclusions and subsequent nine recommendations of a study related to consumer protection aspects of financial services were presented by its authors from London Economics to Members of the IMCO Committee during their meeting of 6 October. At the same meeting, a research team from Osnabrück University presented a study on discrimination of consumers in the Digital Single Market, which assesses discrimination from the perspective of different areas of European law and provides for several policy recommendations.

EU Commissioners-designate hearings

Between 29 September and 6 October, IMCO was involved in hearings with the Commissioner-designates who will be dealing with policy in IMCO's remit:
- Andrus ANSIP (Estonia), Vice-President-Designate of the Commission for Digital Single Market,
- Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA (Poland) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,
- Pierre MOSCOVICI (France) for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs,
- Günther OETTINGER (Germany) for Digital Economy and Society,
- Vĕra JOUROVÁ (Czech Republic) Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
IMCO was also invited to the hearing of Jonathan HILL (UK) for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union and Margarethe VESTAGER, (Denmark) for Competition.

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"The priorities of the Italian Council Presidency were outlined to the various parliamentary committees by Italian ministers in a series of meetings held in July and September."

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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