Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT)

The main task of the Section for the Single Market, Production and Consumption (INT Section) is to prepare opinions for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC):

a) at the request of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers,
b) at the request of EU Presidencies in office,
c) on its own initiative.

A key area of the section's responsibilities is the completion and smooth operation of the Single Market.

This area includes:

  • Industrial policy (both general and sectoral)
  • Market policies
  • Competition policy
  • Services, including banking, commerce, insurance and tourism (but excluding services of general interest)
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • The social economy (co-operatives, mutual societies, associations and foundations),
  • The professions
  • Company law
  • Research
  • Intellectual property
  • Consumer protection
  • The customs union

On particularly important issues, the Section holds public hearings in order to consult the broadest range of civil society organisations. It also organises the annual European Consumer Day.

The Section also has a Single Market Observatory (SMO), which is a specific unit that monitors how the Single Market is operating and proposes ways of eliminating obstacles or making improvements. The SMO was set up in 1994 with the backing of the EU institutions.

Please contact the INT Secretariat should you require any further information.

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