Single Market Strategy

On 28 October 2015, the European Commission adopted its Single Market Strategy, which set out twenty two initiatives that aim to create a deeper and fairer single market.

In its Explanatory Memorandum the Government welcomed the strategy and said that it would allow companies to expand across borders and give UK consumers greater choice and lower prices. The Government particularly welcomed proposed actions to support the growth of the collaborative economy, help for SMEs and start-ups looking to scale up, as well as the stronger emphasis on improving implementation and compliance with existing regulation.

The EU Internal Market Sub-Committee wrote to the Government on 8 December 2015, setting out its views. Overall the Committee felt that the strategy represented a positive prospectus for the growth of the single market. The Committee expressed strong support for the ‘services passport’ proposal, which has the potential to address longstanding UK concerns about the implementation of the Services Directive. The Committee also sought clarification on several points of policy, and asked for the Government’s views about how EU law applies to the collaborative economy.

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