Fabian Demicoli

Better Governance for the Single Market welcomed by the commerce sector

 More than any sector, commerce has fostered and campaigned for the realisation of the Single Market. Therefore GRTU is delighted with the adoption by the European Commission of the Communications on the implementation of the Services Directive and on better governance for the Single Market. The Communications demonstrate that implementation of EU legislation, in particular the Services Directive, must be improved and there is a need for a firmer enforcement policy to boost growth.

Europe is still a long way off a smooth functioning internal market. Actions are necessary to make it easier for service providers, in particular retailers, to sell cross-border, establish and conduct a retail business in another Member State and enable companies to fully benefit from a true internal market. If we want to make a success of the Single Market, Member States and the Commission need to work together to remove barriers that are an impediment to growth. We strongly support the Commission's engagement to open more efficient infringement procedures against violations of the Services Directive. We are particularly pleased that the Commission plans to focus on sectors with the largest growth potential which includes the retail sector. Retail plays a key role in the European economy, particularly in terms of its economic contribution and its role as an employer.

GRTU is a strong supporter of the Commission's initiative to identify the need to address a number of bottlenecks for growth in the retail sector and we are looking forward to the adoption of a European Retail Action Plan later this year.

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