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Single Market Development in the period 1993-1999

Author: Mgr. Ilona Červenková
Year: 2002 - summer
Leaders: † prof. Ing. Luděk Urban CSc., Jean Monnet Professor
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Work type: European Integration
Masters
Language: Czech
Pages: 80
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Abstract: The Single Market programme has dismantled the most disruptive barriers to trade, nevertheless in non-harmonised sectors technical barriers still remains. There has been a clear trend towards increased intra-EU trade (especially intra-industry trade) for all Member States, but not at the expense of trade with third countries. This trend indicates a continuing convergence of national industrial structures. Manufactured product markets are generally well-integrated. Market integration in service sectors lags behind that observed for products. The degree of competition and liberalisation varies between sectors and Member States. Substantial progress of liberalisation has been achieved in the telecommunications sector, economic reform in the energy, postal services and transport sectors is accelerating. In a given period market integration has failed to deliver a further convergence of prices. Member States has reduced the general level of State aid and shifted the emphasis from sectoral towards horizontal objectives. Public procurement is one of the areas where the economic results so far achieved fall short of expectations. Framework legislation in the area of free movement of goods and services is largely in place in the Czech Republic. However, the enforcement and monitoring capacity of judiciary, police and customs authorities should be further strengthened.

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