When EU member state governments call for single market reform, remember that the European Union already has a strategy for improving the internal market. It is called the Single Market Act (SMA). Here are some background blog posts in English.

EU: Your Single Market?
EU Towards a Single Market
Public consultation on EU Single Market Act (SMA)
Single Market Act COM(2011) 206 [briefly mentioned: 12 ”levers”, each with a key action]

Finance for SMEs

From the background posts we moved towards the individual proposals, the first ”lever” and the related key action, as well as the other actions regarding the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Here we have only made a small start in English.

Access to finance for small businesses – EU Single Market Act
EU action plan to improve access to finance for SMEs

Single Market and SME finance in Finnish and Swedish

The roundup post EU:n sisämarkkinat uudistuvat and the entry Asetus eurooppalaisista riskipääomarahastoista offer SMA and SME finance themes in Finnish

Blogginlägg om inremarknadsakten collects SMA and SME finance posts in Swedish, whereas the entry Gemensamma EES-kommittén 30 mars 2012 antar EU-lagar looks at how internal market legislation is incorporated into the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA), with a total population of 507 million (including Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).

Ownership and synergy?

Then I discussed how governments signal their commitment to and ownership of the Europe 2020 growth strategy and the Single Market Act. Our leaders move in mysterious and self-defeating ways, methinks.

From A plan for growth in Europe, Van Rompuy's Issues Paper and the Danish follow-up note it was but a short step to ask readers for ideas on how media and civil society could raise the quality of public debate about EU policy proposals above what the governments and the Council of the EU seem willing to provide:

What is the opposite of synergy? EU2020 and Single Market Act
Can EU media and civil society break the omertà?

Watching the via dolorosa of EU2020 and SMA, does anyone believe in miracles?

Ralf Grahn
EU affairs expert, speaker and lecturer

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