Volume XVI, 1-2017
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25th Anniversary the Single Market Marked by Return to Protectionism

25<sup>th</sup> Anniversary the Single Market Marked by Return to Protectionism

Unjustified national restrictions that have a disruptive impact on the transport sector cause fragmentation and harm the whole economy of the EU. National barriers in transport sector are disproportionate, unjustified and are endangering competitiveness.

Ahead of the February Competitiveness Council, nine countries (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) sent a declaration on competitiveness of the EU Single Market to the Council. In the declaration, the Member States pointed out that the European Commission should act as the Guardian of the Treaties. The 25th anniversary of the EU Single market and the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties should be marked with zero barriers to service provision. But it is already clear now that this would not happen.

The Commission tries to facilitate the provision of services in the EU through its new services package but on the other hand, it leaves room for national protectionist measures. We should fight unfair and illegal practices and not to give space to new barriers to the Single Market.

Green Light for CETA

Mid-February, after months of uncertainty over the outcome of negotiations, the European Parliament gave its green light to CETA – Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada, paving the way for its provisional application.

The agreement will remove tariffs on the majority of goods and services traded between the EU and Canada, ensure mutual recognition of certification and open up Canadian public procurement market to European companies. Furthermore, it will protect over 140 European geographical indications on the Canadian market and ensure high environmental and social standards. Before the voting in the European Parliament, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic presented results of the impact study focused on impacts of CETA on the Czech Republic which show that increases in Czech exports can be expected mainly in the agricultural and food, textile and chemical sector. Apart from that, Czech companies will mainly pro t from the improved » read more «

What to Expect from E-Card?

The new Services e-Card presented by the European Commission in its Services Package on 10th January could facilitate the life of businesses. Service providers delivering services in several EU countries still face many administrative barriers and regulatory requirements.

The so-called e-card should ensure that the home authority would deal on behalf of the service provider with requirements of the host country. After having secured all the procedures, the provider will be able to deliver the » read more «

EESC CORNER: THE Future of Services Across Europe from the Employers’ Perspective

The adoption of the directive on the posting of workers for the provision of services in 1996 was a significant step towards delivering a single market for services. Its rules have worked well for twenty years and have ensured a balance between the right to provide services and the protection of the posted workers. The rules are clear, fixed and easy for businesses to grasp.

Prior to the EU enlargement in 2004 when there had been 15 Member States, the posting of workers had not constituted a major problem. The EU enlargement in 2004 representing the opening up of new business opportunities worked » read more «