The Single Market is a key driving force behind economic growth. But to deliver growth and jobs, better implementation of existing rules is essential. This is why the European Commission has adopted a course of action to ensure that Single Market rules work better in practice. The Commission is also proposing measures to improve the way the services sector works, which is vital as the Services Directive accounts for more than 45% of EU GDP and must play a strategic role in promoting economic growth.
The Commission in its Communication on "Better Governance for the Single Market" is proposing to focus efforts on sectors with the largest growth potential. In 2012-2013, the sectors identified are services and network industries.
The Communication entitled "A partnership for new growth in services 2012-2015" shows that implementation of the Services Directive must be improved in order to boost growth. The Commission calls upon Member States to eliminate discriminatory regulations, such as rules discriminating on the basis of nationality or residence.
The Communication is accompanied by three staff working documents: the report on the implementation of the Services Directive, the results of the performance check, and the staff working document with a view to establishing guidance on the principle of non-discrimination of service recipients on the basis of nationality or country of residence.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/top_layer/monitoring/governance_en.htm