Some 20 years after its launch, the internal market remains at the heart of the European Union and undoubtedly constitutes one of its success stories. As an area without internal frontiers that guarantees the four freedoms, it is based on common standards and is a continuous project as it implies a regular updating of the European legislative framework.
Belgium works to ensure the success of this gigantic project. For Belgium it comes to consolidating its success, linked to the evolution of the economy, society and technology and especially of digital technology.
Strengthened by the general consensus within the EU on this acquis, the European Commission presented various strategies that should be mutually supportive and reinforcing, aiming at an ambitious internal market update, especially with regard to goods & services (2015) and the development of the digital single market (2016).
The update of the internal market goes through a better integration of the services and the use of different instruments such as mutual recognition, harmonisation and standardisation and improved application of the legislation. The objective is to simplify daily life and create more opportunities for the consumers, companies and public authorities that invest, purchase and sell goods and services in the internal European market.
The creation of a digital single market that is both secure and reliable, is the most emblematic strategy on today’s European agenda, aimed at modernizing copyright, simplifying electronic commerce, opposing unjustified geo-blocking or enhancing cybersecurity. The advent of a real data economy would be the outcome, enshrining the free movement of data.
Since the signing of the Treaties of Rome, the European construction has been a reality for numerous citizens and companies. Within the Internal market, many want to exercise their rights to the free movement of persons, goods, services or capital.
In order to facilitate these exchanges, several support services have been established, among which the SOLVIT problem-solving network that has been active since 2002 in every Member State, including Belgium. SOLVIT aims at providing free assistance to citizens or companies faced with administrative problems in a Member State other than their own. In order to be addressed, the problem must result from an incorrect application of the European legislation. Within a short time frame, SOLVIT is seeking a practical solution in accordance with European regulations.
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