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Single digital gateway [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Christian Scheinert (3rd edition, updated on 20.12.2018),

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As part of the ‘compliance package’, the Commission intends to provide a single digital entry point to offer easy and efficient online access for businesses and citizens, comprising: (1) information about Union and national law and administrative requirements, (2) procedures, such as company registration, and (3) services providing assistance upon request. The portal would serve start-ups and growing companies, as well as helping companies conducting business in another country. Access to these services would be non-discriminatory, i.e. citizens and businesses from other Member States would have full access to the information and services, and this not only in the language used in the country in which they want to do business. The proposal builds on several existing schemes, such as single points of entry at national level; these cover only a few fields, are not always interconnected, suffer from being little known and are therefore under-utilised. In May 2018, trilogues concluded with a provisional agreement, which was then confirmed by both Parliament and Council. The final act was signed on 2 October 2018.

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Single digital gateway

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing a single digital gateway to provide information, procedures, assistance and problem solving services and amending Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2017) 256


procedure ref.: 2017/0086(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Marlene Mizzi (S&D, Malta)
Shadow rapporteurs: Othmar Karas (EPP, Austria)
Nosheena Mobarik (ECR, UK)
Kaja Kallas (ALDE, Estonia)
Dennis De Jong (GUE/NGL, the Netherlands)
Julia Reda (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Marcus Pretzell (ENF, Germany)
Next steps expected: Regulation (EU) 2018/1724
OJ L 295, 21.11.2018, pp. 1-38

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