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Supporting the single market beyond 2020 [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marcin Szczepański (1st edition),

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For the next long-term EU budget framework (2021-2027), the Commission is proposing a new, dedicated €4 billion programme aimed at empowering and protecting consumers, and enabling Europe’s many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take better advantage of a well-functioning single market. The financial envelope will be supplemented with the additional allocation of €2 billion under the InvestEU Fund, in particular through its SME window.

The new programme aims to strengthen and streamline the governance of the EU’s internal market. It will support the competitiveness of business, and promote human, animal and plant health and a safe food chain, as well as financing European statistics to provide reliable data relevant to the single market. The proposal consolidates and streamlines a wide range of activities that were previously financed separately, and bundles them into one programme. The aim here is to generate benefits in terms of flexibility, simplification and synergies, and eliminate overlaps.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the programme for single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and European statistics and repealing Regulations (EU) No 99/2013, (EU) No 1287/2013, (EU) No 254/2014, (EU) No 258/2014, (EU) No 652/2014 and (EU) 2017/826
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2018) 441
Rapporteur: Nicola Danti (S&D, Italy) 2018/0231(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:


Inese Vaidere (EPP, Latvia)
Jasenko Selimovic (ALDE, Sweden)
Igor Šoltes (Greens/EFA, Slovenia)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Publication of draft report

Stage: National parliaments






Figure 1– Estimated breakdown of the single market programme elements

Estimated breakdown of the single market programme elements


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