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ZEI Monitor: EU Progress 2014-2019

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ZEI follows policy progress in the ten areas which have priority for EU institutions over the period 2014-2019:


Commission Priority: A deeper and fairer internal market



  • Creating a Capital Markets Union, making it easier for small businesses to raise money and making Europe a more attractive place to invest

  • Encouraging workers to take up jobs in other EU countries to fill vacancies and meet the need for special skills

  • Reviewing the Posting of Workers Directive and ensure its strict implementation to prevent social dumping

  • Spurring administrative cooperation among national tax authorities

  • Working for the adoption of a common consolidated corporate tax base and a financial transaction tax at EU level


European Commission Work Program:


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A Fair and Future-Proof Single Market

  • Entry into Force - New Rules for Market Surveillance and Compliance of Products

On the 20th of June 2019, the Regulation(EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products entered into force (amending Directive 2004/42/EC and Regulations (EC) No 765/2008 and (EU) No 305/2011). The goal of this Regulation is to improve the functioning of the internal market by strengthening the market surveillance of products covered by the Union harmonisation legislation, with a view to ensuring that only compliant products that fulfil requirements providing a high level of protection of public interests, such as health and safety in general, health and safety in the workplace, the protection of consumers, the protection of the environment and public security and any other public interests protected by that legislation, are made available on the Union market. This Regulation also provides a framework for controls on products entering the Union market.

  • Entry into Force - Uniform Rules for Facilitating the Cross-Border Distribution of Collective Investment Undertakings

1. On the 20th of June 2019, the Regulation (EU) 2019/1156 entered into force. It establishes uniform rules on the publication of national provisions concerning marketing requirements for collective investment undertakings and on marketing communications addressed to investors, as well as common principles concerning fees and charges levied on managers of collective investment undertakings in relation to their cross-border activities. It also provides for the establishment of a central database on the cross-border marketing of collective investment undertakings.

2. Furthermore, on the same day, the Directive (EU) 2019/1160 with regard to cross-border distribution of collective investment undertakings entered into force (amending Directives 2009/65/EC and 2011/61/EU).

  • Entry into Force - Rules against Unfair Trading Practices in Business-to-Business Relationships in the Agricultural and Food Supply Chain

On the 17th of April 2019, the Directive (EU) 2019/633 against unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain entered into force. It aims to combat practices that grossly deviate from good commercial conduct, that are contrary to good faith and fair dealing and that are unilaterally imposed by one trading partner on another, this Directive establishes a minimum list of prohibited unfair trading practices in relations between buyers and suppliers in the agricultural and food supply chain and lays down minimum rules concerning the enforcement of those prohibitions and arrangements for coordination between enforcement authorities.

  • Entry into Force - Regulation on the Mutual Recognition of Goods Lawfully Marketed in Another Member State

On the 19th of March 2019, the Regulation (EU) 2019/515 on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State (repealing Regulation (EC) No 764/2008) entered into force. It aims to strengthen the functioning of the internal market by improving the application of the principle of mutual recognition and by removing unjustified barriers to trade. lays down rules and procedures concerning the application by Member States of the principle of mutual recognition in individual cases in relation to goods which are subject to Article 34 TFEU and which are lawfully marketed in another Member State, having regard to Article 36 TFEU and the case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.


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