Towards a Single Market Act

Much has changed in the European Union since the creation of the single market in 1993. The union has been enlarged and the cooperation between the Member States has deepened. There can be no doubt that the single market has played a crucial role in this process. Now days, it is hard to imagine that the continent just some 20 years ago was divided into dozens of standalone markets who impeded commerce across the borders. Much has changed in the European since 1993, but there is still much to be done to simplify the everyday life of the market players. In this strife, The Swedish Craft and Small Business Association support the European Commission’s effort to revision and relaunch the single market in the context of the EU 2020 strategy.

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Proposal 1
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Proposal 16
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Proposal 33
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Regarding the European Professional Card, suggested in the Consultation Paper on the Professional Qualification Directive, The Swedish Craft and Small Business Association find it slightly uncertain whether such a Professional Card could be implemented or not. On our behalf, we would like to know which ”competent authority in the home Member State of the professional” (MARKT.D.4 D(2010), page 11) who would issue the cards? As the leading representative of the craftsmen of Sweden, we, The Swedish Craft and Small Business Association, conclude that this task would fall on us. With this said, we would like to follow this matter more closely and would appreciate some more information on this subject from the European Commission.

Proposal 35
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