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

Written by Marcin Szczepański (2nd edition, updated on 03.06.2021).

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The single market programme is a new, dedicated €3.7 billion (in 2018 prices) or €4.2 billion (in current prices) programme for the 2021-2027 period supporting the single market. It is particularly 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. On 3 May 2021, the Regulation establishing the programme entered into force, with retroactive application from 1 January 2021.

The new programme aims to strengthen and streamline the governance of the EU’s internal market. It will support the competitiveness of enterprises, 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 is to create 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: Brando Benifei (S&D, Italy) 2018/0231(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Arba Kokalari (EPP, Sweden), Sandro Gozi (Renew, France), Virginie Joron (ID, France), David Cormand (Greens/EFA, France), Eugen Jurzyca (ECR, Slovakia), Kateřina Konečná (The Left, Czechia) Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2021/690
OJ L 153, 3.5.2021, pp. 1-48

Figure 1– Estimated breakdown of the single market programme elements

Estimated breakdown of the single market programme elements


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