Single market strategy
The single market is one of Europe’s major achievements. It delivers tangible benefits for people and is an engine for building a stronger and fairer EU economy. By allowing people, goods, services and capital to move more freely, it opens up new opportunities for citizens, workers, businesses and consumers, creating the jobs and growth Europe so urgently needs.
Your first EURES job
The Commission is working to increase fair labour mobility in Europe by removing barriers that hinder it. By reforming the European job mobility portal EURES, the Commission aims to increase the number of jobs available on the network’s internet portal and to make them easier to find. It also wants to improve assistance with job search and recruitment across Europe and to ensure the best match between employers and job-seekers.
The Commission supports mobility by helping job-seekers and employers in Europe find each other, wherever they are. It also seeks to make sure that the EU’s mobile workers are not abused and to help coordinate the fight against undeclared work.
The creation of a European platform against undeclared work will bring together the Commission and national authorities in charge of combating undeclared work, allowing for an exchange of information and best practices. Over time, the platform will go on to promote training for staff from various countries and joint cross-border inspections. The decision on establishing the platform was taken in March 2016.
The Commission is working on the better enforcement of EU rules on the posting of workers. These will boost the rights of posted workers, make the cross-border provision of services easier and fight against social dumping. Its aim is to improve the application of existing rules, without changing them.
The unitary patent is close to becoming reality. It will be an attractive and affordable way for European companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises, to capitalise on their ideas.
The Commission is also reviewing the enforcement of EU intellectual property rules in line with the ‘follow the money’ approach, the aim of which is to deprive commercial-scale infringers of their revenue flows, rather than pursuing individuals for infringing intellectual property.
EU rules aim to ensure the efficient use of taxpayers’ money, reduce corruption and modernise public administration. Transparent and competitive public procurement across the single market creates business opportunities and contributes to more efficient public administration, economic growth and job creation.
Modernising the EU’s standards system
Standards contribute to safety, innovation and interoperability and are essential for building the single market. The Commission is working with relevant partners to modernise the standardisation process in light of the changing nature of the economy and diversification of business models (globalisation, extended supply chains, etc.), the ever expanding role of information and communication technology, the growing importance of services and the bundling of goods and services in single packages.