MEPs highlighted that EU citizens still do not benefit fully from the single market

The Internal Market Committee in the European Parliament adopted a non-binding resolution which points to difficulties for EU citizens at opening bank accounts, registering cars and having professional qualifications recognized in the EU and blames these problems on member states' reluctance to implement EU rules swiftly, coordinate with each other and inform citizens of their rights.

MEPs in the Internal Market Committee adopted a non-binding resolution which follows up an independent survey of European citizens' and businesses' top 20 complaints about the functioning of the single market, conducted by the Commission at Parliament's request. MEPs want the Commission to table "concrete actions and feasible proposals" to tackle the 20 concerns. In May 2012, the European Parliament called for an independent internal market prosecutor.

The resolution highlights that citizens point to over 2000 cases in which member states have failed to implement EU single market law correctly or in full. As this is preventing EU citizens from exercising their rights to the full. MEPs call on member states to prioritise the correct and timely transposition of the single market legislation into national laws.

There is a lack of information about the single market, say MEPs and call on the Commission, Member States, regional and local authorities, and civil society representatives to launch regular European interactive information campaigns highlighting the benefits of the single market, practical and concrete solutions to their day-to-day problems, and their rights.