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The end of 2012 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Single European Market. Twenty years of free movement of goods, capital, people and services have changed the way of life of 500 million Europeans. Today, the four freedoms of the Single Market are needed more than ever to revitalise the European economy in response to the current crisis. The EPP Group in the European Parliament considers that this anniversary is a good moment to assess what has been achieved and which improvements have to be introduced.
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Europe has become a very different place in the 20 years since the creation of the Single Market. But a lot more work remains to be done to ensure the respect of its four freedoms. This work is key to overcoming the current economic crisis and this is why the EPP Group wants to focus its efforts on the unfinished business: 1 A real Single Market for services:
2 Lead legislation to economic growth:
3 Promote growthenhancing investments:
The implementation of Single Market rules for the services market is poor. A correct application of the Services Directive will boost EU GDP by 2%.
The establishment of a single European patent system will reduce costs for the protection of patents by 20% and achieve annual savings of around EUR 50 million per year.
The Commission should propose a comprehensive plan for projects that provide economic growth and jobs, targeted to SMEs, R&D and innovation.
Stimulating rapid development of the digital Single Market, the EU could gain 4% of GDP.
A single set of rules for data protection could save EUR 2.3 billion and create numerous incentives to enhance cross-border business.
The new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 should have sufficient resources to finance a growth and competitiveness agenda.
A reform of public procurement rules will be a powerful tool for growth, as tenders represent 19% of the total expenditure of goods and services in the EU.
A stronger use of innovative financial instruments, such as project bonds or EIB support for SME financing, could be a lever to attract private investors.
4 Use the Single Market to fight youth unemployment: Rules to tackle early school-leaving and better education could bring more job and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people across the EU. A revision of the Professional Qualifications Directive will reduce impediments and bureaucracy.
5 Further reduce red tape: Implementation of the EPP Group target for a reduction of 25% of bureaucratic burdens by 2015. Application in all Member States of the 'SME Test' to avoid legislative proposals that result in additional administrative costs for business.