EU: Internal Market Scoreboard

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th March 2010.

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Photo of Lord Harrison Lord Harrison Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the European Union internal market in the light of the Internal Market Scoreboard published in March; and what their priorities are for further developing the internal market.

Photo of Lord Davies of Abersoch Lord Davies of Abersoch Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Trade, Investment and Small Business) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (UK Trade and Investment) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

The March scoreboard demonstrates that the record of member states in transposing EU legislation correctly and on time continues to improve. However, further improvement is still needed, not only on the measures contained in the scoreboard but also in the way in which legislation is implemented in practice, to make sure the anticipated benefits are really delivered to businesses and citizens.

The Government's EU Compact for Jobs and Growth, published in October 2009, identifies a number of priorities for further development of the single market including: a focus on barriers in high growth sectors such as services, the digital economy and low-carbon technologies, as well as barriers preventing cross-border trade by small and medium enterprises; further steps to reduce the burden of EU legislation on businesses; improved co-operation between national enforcement authorities; more accessible problem-solving mechanisms; and measures to facilitate the free movement of workers.

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