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.