Barroso pushes for better governance
By Sophie Mosca | Monday 23 April 2012
Growth and the creation of quality and sustainable jobs hinge on completing and strengthening the single market, which requires the involvement of national parliaments. That was the message delivered by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, on 23 April in Copenhagen, Denmark, to the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC). He called on representatives of national parliaments and the European Parliament to redouble their efforts to improve governance of the single market, the “crown jewel” of the EU, saying they should be more vigilant on meeting deadlines for the transposition of directives and removing barriers to their implementation.
Barroso told COSAC members that the Commission would help member states improve the process by pursuing the mutual evaluation exercise used with the Services Directive, noting that correct implementation of this directive could boost the EU economy by 1.5% of its GDP.
At next June’s European Council, Barroso will unveil “a range of ideas for improving single market governance and filling the implementation gap,” as requested by the 30 January informal summit.
For Barroso, the single market also needs to be improved further by adapting it to “the digital era, improving its infrastructure and ensuring interconnectivity addressing residual legal and technical bottlenecks wherever they are holding back growth”.
The Commission president also announced that the executive would soon present 12 new measures to unlock growth, which will have to be completed by summer 2013.