“There is a need for regulation and harmonization,” said Center of European Economic Research’s head Achim Wambach during a conference on reforming the regulation of professions organized by the European Commission in Brussels.
Turkey's progress in terms of regulatory reform and harmonisation of markets with the EU acquis is "slow and uneven" but "not too disappointing" overall, according to a November 2007 analysis from Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
The Parliament has resoundingly rejected the Commission's proposal to open port services to more competition, calling instead for a a directive on transparency and fair conditions of competition between ports.
As part of an ambitious project to increase Europe's global competitiveness, the Barroso Commission will withdraw 68 pending legislative proposals and prepare a drastic simplification of all existing EU legislation.
The UK Finance Minister Gordon Brown told MEPs that Europe must invest in human skills to ensure that Europe is able to face up to "the biggest shift in the balance of global production and services the world has ever seen".