The IMCO Working Group on the Digital Single Market restarts its activities with a first inaugural meeting of its Fourth period of sessions taking place on 2 March 2015. Ms Róża Thun Und Hohenstein MEP will be the new Chair, succeeding former MEP Mr Pablo Arias Echeverría, who chaired in the last mandate.
Under the rules adopted by the European Parliament on 28 April 2015, all new models of cars and light vans will have to be fitted with emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes (eCall) by 31 March 2018.The eCall will dial 112 - the Europe's single emergency number and communicate the vehicle's location to emergency services, even if the driver is unconscious or unable to make a phone call. It is estimated that it could save up to 2500 lives a year.
The proposal for a directive aims at improving the security of the information systems underpinning the functioning of the internal market.
Following the Commission's 2012 Communication on Better Governance for the Single Market, IMCO prepared a legislative own-initiative report on Governance of the Single Market (Rapporteur: Andreas Schwab (EPP)) which was adopted in plenary on 7 February 2013, putting forward recommendations on how the Single Market could be further improved and asking that a Single Market pillar be put in place within the European Semester for economic policy coordination.