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Internal Market

The Department for European policies participates in the EU legislation building process on the free movement of persons and services in the internal market and ensures its implementation at national level. In particular, the DG Internal market deals with regulated professions, intellectual and industrial property and  data protection. It also hosts the Italian SOLVIT Centre.

The European Union single market is a market in which the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons is assured. EU citizens can study, live and make purchases freely in any country.

Since its creation in 1993, the internal market has become more and more open to competition, created new jobs and  reduced number of trade barriers.

Several results have been achieved: for example calls costs in Europe are much lower than ten years ago, airfares are cheaper and many new routes have been opened, households and businesses have now the opportunity to choose their own electricity and gas suppliers. Also, European companies can  benefit from the huge trade opportunities offered by a 500 million consumers market.

However, some challenges are still to be met, for instance the fragmentation of national tax systems, the still unexploited opportunities of electronic trade among EU countries, the delays in the free movement of services as compared to the goods sector, modernization of the regulation on the recognition of professional qualifications.

Services Directive

The Services Directive of 12 December 2006 aims at facilitating freedom of establishment for service providers and freedom of provision of services in other Member States .

IMI (Internal Market Information)

The IMI system is an IT tool providing easier administrative cooperation between Member States authorities for the implementation of the Directives on Qualifications, Services, Posting of Workers, Patients’ Rights, E-commerce, Trans-European high-speed trains and the Regulation on cross-border transport of Euro cash.

Recognition of professional qualifications

A regulated profession is a professional activity, access to which is subject to the possession of specific professional qualifications. EU citizens, nationals of EEA countries and of Switzerland can pursue a regulated profession in Italy after obtaining the recognition of their professional qualification.


SOLVIT is an online service provided free by national administrations in Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It supports EU citizens and businesses in case their rights are breached by an improper application of European rules on Single Market by national administrations.

Goods Package

The Goods Package tabled by the EU Commission on 20th Dec. 2017 includes a Communication entitled “Reinforcing Trust in the Single Market” end two proposals of Regulation, on mutual recognition of goods and on enforcement of Union harmonization legislation on products.

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