Goods can be traded freely across the EU, but the same cannot, in practice, be said of services. Less restrictions in the sector would yield enormous economic benefits, argue Arup Banerij, Doerte Doemeland and Sanja Madžarević Šujster.
The Bratislava summit yielded very little in tangible results. As the EU struggles to deal with pressures from all directions, freedom of movement of people, one of the four pillars, has come under scrutiny. Ulrike Guérot asks if the EU is still for people or merely for trade.
The cost of goods and services for private consumption are slightly higher in Germany than the EU average. But in Germany, consumers live more cheaply than those in most neighbouring states. EurActiv Germany reports.
A UK business group will today (22 July) make a formal complaint to the European Commission against the French government for allegedly failing to prevent fishermen from blocking ports in France. The blockades have brought hundreds of small businesses to the brink of bankruptcy and breach the EU treaties, according to the UK-based Federation of Small Businesses.
Parliament has adopted a package of measures to enhance free trade within the bloc after it emerged that many member states are blocking imports of specific products from other EU countries on the basis that they do not meet particular national technical standards.
The free movement of goods across borders, one of the pillars of European integration, is set to receive a renewed boost after a Parliament committee backed a legislative package to improve the "mutual recognition" of products which are not standardised at EU level.
According to a new study, despite 20 years of policies aimed towards creating a single market, the majority of Europeans continue not only to work but also to shop and invest exclusively in their own country.
Poland is expected to ask the EU to reopen negotiations on the free movement of goods in order to secure longer transition periods for Polish pharmaceutical companies for drug registration procedures. Political analysts see the move as a setback, which could delay Poland's progress in the enlargement process.