There are the big gains in growth to be captured if all single market opportunities are used effectively in fields such as energy, transport, retail, R&D, labour mobility and financial services, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. Proper and timely implementation of existing laws and measures, as well as cutting unnecessary administrative burdens and laws could also spur the EU's economic growth, they add.
“Perhaps the most scandalous aspect of the single arket at the moment is that, when citizens use the online tools they have on the internet, they are restricted in buying the goods and services they want. They cannot buy goods cross-border in many cases because they are refused access to other websites, and in some cases they are even offered different prices for the same service, depending on where they are making their enquiry. These things are absolutely unacceptable “, said Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee Chair Malcolm Harbour (ECR, UK) , in a debate on Wednesday with single Market Commissioner Michel Barnier.
MEPs want a yearly report showing clearly where the benefits are to be had for consumers and businesses and where there are remaining obstacles.
Specifically, MEPs propose using unspent EU money to fight youth unemployment and call on the EU and the Member States to cut administrative burdens by 25% by 2015 and to modernise public administrations. The resolution also calls on Commission to come up with a transparency mechanism to "name and shame" EU member states that hinder access to regulated professions.
The non-legislative resolution was adopted with 554 votes in favour, 41 against and 20 abstentions.
Procedure: Commission statement, non-legislative resolution