EC vice-president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, Jyrki Katainen, said the proposals set forth by the commission promote a "culture of compliance.
The package includes three concrete initiatives that build upon EC President Jean-Claude Juncker's 2015 Single Market Strategy. The EC initiates proposals under the programme in an effort to guide and encourage e-commerce, a collaborative economy, modernisation, and policy standardisation.
The first proposal, the Single Digital Gateway, places key administrative procedures, ranging from routine paperwork to registering new businesses and employees, online. Information only needs to be entered once, and will then be available for reuse in cross-border procedures by individual national authorities, said the EC. The commission estimates that such a gateway would save more than EUR11 billion (US$12 billion) per year and up to 855,000 hours of time for EU citizens.
The second proposal, dubbed the Single Market Information Tool (SMIT), "will allow the commission, in targeted cases, to source defined and readily available data (such as, for example, cost structure, pricing policy or product volumes sold) in cases of serious difficulties with the application of EU Single Market legislation," said the EC.
The SMIT tool would "further contribute to the commission's enforcement work, so that citizens' Single Market rights are duly respected and EU businesses face fewer barriers when scaling up and entering new markets," said Elzbieta Bienkowska, commissioner for internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs.
The third proposal is an action plan that builds upon the free service SOLVIT, which provides solutions to people and companies in the EU who experience administrative difficulties when conducting cross-border business, American Shipper reported.