Europe’s single market is the world’s largest free trade area with over half a billion citizens.
Every day people, goods, services and capital move between our Member States, which provides a huge contribution to our economy. For Swedish companies this means the ability to easily reach out not only to the 9,5 million people living in Sweden, but also the single market with 500 million potential costumers. For EU-citizens it means that we can access more and better quality goods and services at better prices. According to estimates from the European Commission, the single market has created nearly 2,8 million new jobs and increased the GDP in Europe by 13,2 percent during the 20 years it has existed.
The fundament of the single market is that we have chosen to abolish customs and border controls between Member States of the EU, and not allow goods and people to move as easily between Örebro and Hamburg as between Gothenburg and Malmö. Despite the great success of the single market there are still many national regulations that creates unnecessary obstacles and problems for trade between the Member States. By removing these barriers, particularly for service enterprises and digital services, we would be able to further double the added value of the internal market.
Since it is difficult, especially for small and medium sized enterprises, to know the rules and laws of other Member States, it is important to continue our efforts of simplyfying and assmiliating these rules where possible. Although the digital economy created many innovative services on the Internet that provides new opportunities for trade between our countries, the legistation and regulations have not managed to keep up with it. It is often too difficult and unsafe to buy or sell goods and services in other Member States. This is what I and Liberalerna, the liberal party of Sweden, are trying to change.