Past Event

The Single Market in Regulated Services

What are the opportunities, challenges and trade-off in the push to complete the single market in services?

Date: November 19, 2015, 3:30 pm Topic:

This is a closed-door off-the-record brainstorming session for selected invitees only.

An oft-quoted view of the EU single market policy is that it is all about the harmonisation of common rules and the removal of country-specific legal barriers. But in regulated services sectors, the policy framework includes various regimes of regulatory enforcement (e.g. authorisations, price-setting, supervision, and administrative sanctions) which entail an irreducible component of discretion at the hand of the competent authority, which in most cases is national not European. Furthermore, regulated services sectors, which include digital services, finance, and energy distribution, tend to play an increasing role in the EU economy. This brainstorming session will explore tensions and trade-offs between the policy aim of a single market and the dominant enforcement role of national authorities.

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Nicolas Véron

[email protected] +32 473 815 372 or +1 202 550 0614