07 sep 2017
Open Line report

Commercial problems of Spanish companies in the European Single Market

The Department of Economic and European Affairs of CEOE analyzes in this report the main commercial obstacles faced by Spanish companies in the European Single Market.

Open line for the identification of problems of Spanish companies in the European single market
Open line for the identification of problems of Spanish companies in the European single market — ©CEOE

The report has two main objectives: to gather information on the main problems hindering the activity of Spanish companies in the European Single Market and to search for solutions to said problems in collaboration with the relevant national administrations or European authorities. Following its almost twenty-five years of existence, we can say that the Single Market works according to the parameters for which it was created, and that Spanish companies have benefited actively.

However, despite all the associated benefits and the wide progress that has been made in its integration and functioning, there are still some obstacles that restrict the free circulation of both, goods and services, as described throughout the present report.

The services sector is not as integrated as the goods market, despite the fact that in December 2006 the European Commission published a Directive 2006/123, on the services sector in the Internal Market. The purpose of this Directive was to eliminate the problems and obstacles that unjustifiably restrict free access to and free exercise of a service activity, by simplifying red tape and procedures and promoting a single window in each Member State for access to information and electronic processing.

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