The Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) is the lead committee in charge of coordination of national legislation in the area of the internal market and for the customs union. The single market brings benefits to 500 million European consumers, 24 million companies and is one of the main achievements of our Union in terms of prosperity. IMCO work focuses on evidence-based policies that will complete and deepen the single market to the benefit of both businesses and consumers.
- The Free movement of goods including the harmonization of technical standards, the right of establishment, and the freedom to provide services except in the financial and postal sectors;
- The functioning of the Single Market, including the Digital Single Market by identifying and removing potential obstacles and barriers;
- The promotion and protection of the economic interests of consumers, except for public health and food safety issues;
- Enforcement of Single Market rules and consumer rights;
This requires an increased level of trust between Member States and strong political ambition in designing and implementing strategies for European growth and prosperity.
For the digital and green transition to succeed, we need to fully exploit the innovation potential of our businesses. We must ensure effective implementation of existing rules and launch new initiatives to remove barriers, cut red tape and complete the market in key policy areas.
The digital age requires rules adapted to ensure a high level of product and service safety and the modernisation of consumer rights. Europe must be ambitious in taking the lead in innovation and new technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), while ensuring that they are people – and user – centred.
- Finalizing the negotiations towards the adoption of the Single Market Programme under the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework. This programme will provide support for SMEs, facilitate their access to markets, improve the business environment and the competitiveness of key economic sectors. We will aim at promoting the modernization of industry and entrepreneurship. Our objective consists of strengthening the functioning of the internal market and ensuring a high level of consumer protection, sustainability and product safety.
- Creating a sustainable single market for businesses and consumers by working on an ambitious circular economy action plan. We want to reduce the environmental and resource footprint of EU production and consumption, while providing incentives for innovation and sustainable consumption and production patterns.
- Evaluation on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), that stipulates harmonized conditions for marketing of construction products in Europe. We will conduct an assess of the implementation of the rules by the Member States and the functioning of internal market for construction products. We will provide political guidance for future action whenever it will be necessary.
- Following the future relations and partnership between the EU and the UK on the issues related to Internal Market and Customs Union.
We have set a very high level of ambition for Europe in environmental terms. Now Europe must become a global standards setter in order to promote sustainable patterns of production and consumption.
In order to achieve a new model of circular economy, I propose Parliament to work on the following priorities:
- Define different categories of products
- Stronger enforcement of existing rules
- Better information to consumers
- Fight against planned obsolescence
The COVID-19 crisis affected our lives in many ways. Almost overnight, we were pushed to live more ‘online’ than ‘offline’: teleworking, online shopping, online ‘gatherings’ became the norm. Our way of living is subjected to irreversible digitalisation. Regrettably, often instead of being ahead of the new realities, we are hastily trying to catch up with them.
Do we want to transform Europe into leader +++
On 15th July 2020, Sandro Gozi and Stéphanie Yon-Courtin, members of the committee on Internal Market and Consulmer Protection (IMCO), hosted an online experts’ workshop on the upcoming European Digital Services Act.
The discussion gathered French and Italian stakeholders, from academics to representatives of companies and consumers. The aim was to hear their see whether there are convergences in the approach between countries like France and Italy.
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‘Never waste a good crisis’
The current crisis poses various economic and societal challenges upon us, the real impact of which will be still revealed in the months to come. At the same time, any kind of crisis can be good. It wakes us up, makes us think, change and ultimately evolve. Each crisis implies opportunities. The key is to develop the vision to see +++
Europe is there, it is moving, it is responding to the health emergency and preparing for economic recovery.
For the past month, our Renaissance delegation has been working hard, within the Renew Europe group and with various Commissioners, Governments and experts, to respond to the emergency and prepare for recovery. A good number of European movements and organisations, starting with the Union of European Federalists (UEF), have strongly +++