State of play of the Single Market Act: an in-depth analysis
This paper presents the progress made by the EU institutions on the implementation of the set of actions known as the Single Market Act I and the Single Market Act II and published by the European Commission in April 2011 and October 2012. It was prepared by Policy Department A for the information of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.
Presentation of the Impact assessment on Trade secrets
DG MARKT presented the proposal for a Directive on the protection of trade secrets against unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure, and the accompanying impact assessment. The proposal seeks to improve the protection of trade secret holders in the single market, which is currently fragmented by varied and uneven national legal regimes, by harmonising Member States' civil laws. This includes notably clarifying the basic concepts related to the definition and unlawful acquisition of trade secrets, and providing the necessary safeguards for the protection of interests of other parties, for example for avoiding abusive litigation and for guaranteeing confidentiality during litigation.
Members stressed the merits of the Commission's proposal, especially for SMEs and micro enterprises, and set out some areas for improvement that could be addressed, such as introducing explicit language on the principle of minimum harmonisation. They also underlined the need to balance the protection of trade secrets with the protection of whistle-blowers and workers working in R&D intensive industries; the importance of ensuring confidentiality during litigation; as well as the need to extend the prescription period.
Single Market Governance within the European Semester 2015
IMCO considered this draft report builds on the previous two IMCO reports on this subject and also on a substantial expertise coming from the studies that have been recently commissioned by IMCO. The draft report focuses on three main areas. Firstly, it reiterates the need for a Single Market pillar of the European Semester process while calling for a specific analytical tool that would measure the Single Market integration and provide evidence-based input to the country-specific recommendations. Secondly, the report looks into the untapped potential of the Single Market in key growth areas focussing on the Digital Single Market, free movement of goods, services, public procurement and the consumer acquis. And finally, it elaborates on the instruments for the assessment of Single Market integration and governance tools, calling in particular for improved monitoring and evaluation of the regulatory and economic performance of the Single Market.
Policy Department prepared briefings to summarize the commitments Commissioners-designate made in their written answers to questionnaires and during their hearings before the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer protection.
Odbor IMCO je odgovoren za zakonodajni nadzor in pregled pravil, ki v EU veljajo za prosti pretok blaga in storitev, prosto gibanje strokovnjakov, carinsko politiko, standardizacijo in ekonomske interese potrošnikov. Člani odbora si prizadevamo, da bi odpravili ovire za gospodarstvo in trgovino ter poenostavili predpise. Na ta način bomo spodbudili konkurenčnost vsepovsod na enotnem trgu, hkrati pa bomo poskrbeli za interese potrošnikov v številnih sektorjih.
Delo našega odbora lahko spremljate na tem spletnem mestu, kjer boste našli dnevne rede, gradivo za seje, obvestila o predstavitvah/delavnicah, pretočni video in naše glasilo.
Urejen enotni trg je ključ, ki bo odprl vrata razcvetu, inovacijam in večji konkurenčnosti – prav ta pa prinaša koristi podjetjem in potrošnikom. Pred nami so številni izzivi in priložnosti, med njimi predvsem kako sprostiti potencial digitalnega enotnega trga in enotnega trga na področju storitev.
Naša naloga je, da zagotovimo varne proizvode, zaščitimo pravice potrošnikov, potrošnike obveščamo o proizvodih in storitvah, strožje nastopamo do protikonkurenčnega ravnanja in zmanjšamo administrativne ovire.
Odbor sodeluje z vsemi državami članicami EU in si prizadeva za takšna pravila enotnega trga, ki bodo izvedljiva v praksi in bodo omogočala ustrezno in pravočasno izvajanje in uveljavljanje.
V čast mi je, da predsedujem temu pomembnemu odboru in s člani z najrazličnejšim političnim diapazonom sodelujem v dobro potrošnikov, podjetij in drugih organizacij na celotnem skupnem trgu.