The COVID-19 pandemic as well as the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine have brought to light certain structural shortcomings in the organisation of the European Single Market in case of unforeseen crises.
The first challenge identified is the adequacy of the information, coordination, and communication to anticipate, monitor, and manage a crisis. The second challenge identified is the lack of emergency and crisis management provisions as well as the lack of clarity on how to use existing provisions.
The European Commission intends to propose an instrument that will ensure an adequate and coherent EU response to future crises. The aim is to maintain the internal market’s resilience by ensuring the free movement of goods, services, and people and the continuity of supply chains as well as to achieve more transparency and better coordination in times of crisis.
For further information on the upcoming proposal for a Single Market Emergency Instrument, please follow this link.
Public consultation and call for evidence
In this context, the European Commission is inviting the public and stakeholders to share their experiences and views and propose measures to tackle the challenges identified. Feedback received shall be considered when carrying out the impact assessment for the Single Market Emergency Instrument.
The public consultation and call for evidence are targeting a broad range of stakeholders, including national authorities, Non-Governmental Organisations representing the civil society, EU and national consumer associations, associations representing industry, businesses, including SMEs, social partners and academic experts.
You can contribute by:
Filling in the online public consultation questionnaire;
Participating in a call for evidence and providing your written feedback in one of the official EU languages. Feedback received will be published on the European Commission’s website.
Both the questionnaire and the call for evidence may be accessed via this link and are open until 11 May 2022 (midnight Brussels time).
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