The European Internal Market, or single market, is a great achievement of the European Union. Thanks to the single market European citizens can freely buy goods and benefit from services from all European countries.
Retailers contribute to realise the single market, responding to the demand of European consumers every day in their shops. However much still needs to be done. In some Member States there are still barriers that hinder the set up or expansion of foreign businesses or services; anti-competitive payment schemes make trade unnecessarily expensive, and Europe lacks a cohesive, long term vision of how the retail sector can be developed and grown.
ERRT and its members are working closely with the European decision makers in a common effort to relaunch the internal market, enforcing the free movement of goods, the basic principle of competition, the freedom of establishment and the freedom of services. Over 500 million European consumers will benefit from a wider choice and fairer prices.
ERRT contribution to the public consultation on the Single Market Act (28 February 2011)
Single Market, multiple challenges (10 September 2010)