For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing a new, dedicated €4 billion programme to empower and protect consumers and enable Europe’s many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take full advantage of a well-functioning Single Market.

The Single Market Programme is one of Europe’s greatest achievements. It has created thousands of jobs, offered greater choice to consumers at lower prices, strengthened industrial competitiveness, allowed people to live study and work where they want and has created new opportunities and growth for businesses and strengthened global competitiveness for European businesses.

Deirdre Ford, EPP-CoR rapporteur, in her presentation during the ECON meeting underlined that “The single market is crucial for the economic and social development of local and regional economies. The internal market is a key EU policy for the economic well-being of cities and regions. It is generally viewed as creating economic benefits that result in enhanced competitiveness for the regions making up the EU.”

The rapporteur highlighted the fact that local and regional authorities have an important role in ensuring that the single market functions effectively. Citizen’s everyday life covers single market issues such as Consumer Welfare and Public Procurement and it is our duty to ensure that citizens have access to information about their rights, business opportunities and market information.

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