The Internal Market has been one of the biggest achievements of the European Union. It has contributed significantly to the increase of economic benefits of consumers and businesses due to four treaty freedoms: free movement of goods, services as well as of capital and people.
Increased competition on the enlarged EU Internal Market (after 2004), enhanced by the effects of huge economic and financial crisis of 2008-2010, has intensified protectionist and interventionist tendencies. As a result, national markets within the EU are becoming more and more disintegrated and fragmented, thus providing less benefits to all participants of the Internal Market.
A number of studies reveal that deeper liberalisation of trans-border movement of goods and provision of services would be a key driver of EU growth and a response to new opportunities and challenges deriving from the globalisation, servitisation and digitalisation. The discussion on the necessity to eliminate the existing barriers has been going on for a long time but so far Internal Market remains in many areas rather an “ongoing project” than a “truly Single Market”.
15 years after the EU membership, it is of highest importance to verify where Poland stands and whether it needs more or less European integration, including convergence on the EU Internal Market.
To address these topics the following questions will be discussed in the panel:
how to reduce obstacles to the Internal Market, especially as regards the provision of services;
how to convince the new Commission to be set up in autumn 2019 and EU Members States’ governments that the EU Internal Market needs, instead of political empty words on its importance, a strong commitment and concrete decisions on elimination of national barriers to intra-EU trade in goods and services;
what role should be played by governmental policies, including industrial and state aid policies to face the old and new challenges more efficiently.