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The Single Market in need of a strategic relaunch. Egmont Paper No. 43, February 2011

Heremans, Tinne. (2011) The Single Market in need of a strategic relaunch. Egmont Paper No. 43, February 2011. [Policy Paper]

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    On the 27th of October 2010 the Commission finally published its long-awaited Communication “Towards a Single Market Act”2 with the ambitious objective of relaunching the Single Market. It is beyond doubt that the market integration project is indeed in need of a serious boost. On the one hand, the “acquis” should be buttressed more firmly against protectionist reactions, citizen distrust and integration lethargy more generally. On the other hand, the untapped growth potential – in domains suffering from persistent bottlenecks as well as in new sectors – needs to be better exploited. It will however be argued in this contribution that, in its present form, the Commission’s “Draft Single Market Act” (Draft SMA) does not contain all the strategic building blocks needed to address the key challenge of reengaging the different actors in the market integration project and genuinely revamp the Single Market. Therefore, on the basis of an examination of the gaps and defaults in the Draft SMA’s approach, and against the background of the preparatory documents presented by Mario Monti3 and the European Parliament4, some suggestions for possible strategic improvements to be included in the final SMA will be made.5 Hence, this contribution will first set out the main points of the Draft SMA and the most important preparatory documents, focusing primarily on the strategic elements contained therein. In a second part, a critical appraisal of the Draft SMA’s strategic approach will be provided, followed by some suggestions for improvement.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > Single Market > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > Egmont Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 17:15
    Number of Pages: 36
    Last Modified: 23 Mar 2011 17:15

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