Written by Cemal Karakas (1st edition),
Competition and consumer protection in the single market are often undermined by measures such as price discrimination based on residency, geo-blocking of online audio-visual content, or limited cross-border parcel delivery. While many businesses do not cooperate with the Commission by e.g. disclosing their pricing structure, Member States often do not have the means or the tools to collect and deliver the required information to the Commission.
On 2 May 2017, the Commission presented a ‘compliance package’ of three proposals on enhancing the practical functioning of the single market. One of these introduces the single market information tool (SMIT). The use of SMIT would be a measure of last resort and subject to confidentiality requirements. SMIT would provide the Commission with e.g. powers to request business-related information (such as cost structure or product volumes sold), and to address regulatory and market failures in a more timely and efficient way.
- July 2017: ‘Single market information tool (SMIT)‘ (1st edition)
|Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting out the conditions and procedure by which the Commission may request undertakings and associations of undertakings to provide information in relation to the internal market and related areas|
|Committee responsible:||Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)||COM(2017) 257
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Rapporteur:||Eva Maydell (EPP, Bulgaria)|
|Maria Grapini (S&D, Romania)
Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE, Sweden)
|Next steps expected:||Discussion in IMCO and publication of draft report|