A summary of the Committee’s exchange of views is now available.
According to the new study commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee, cross-border services generate new jobs and economic growth. They are positive for all EU countries, for different kinds of jobs – both labour and knowledge intensive. The document proves that avoiding strict regulation in the cross-border services internal market is beneficial for the EU economy. A reduction of the share of cross-border services by 1 % would cost the EU economy around 8 billion euro.
The Council today adopted conclusions on “A new level of ambition for a competitive single market”. These conclusions are the Council’s response to recent calls from the European Council for an integrated, forward-looking approach to the single market, which should connect all relevant policies and remove remaining unjustified barriers and avoiding creating new ones, in particular on freedom to provide services and on digitalisation.
Municipalities and other public authorities across Europe spend huge amounts of money on the purchase of goods, services and works each year – according to European Commission estimates, public procurement accounts for 14% of EU GDP1. A very wide variety of items are procured, from office supplies, to canteen catering services, from street furniture to the construction of municipal buildings. In almost every case some form of transportation of people or products is required to deliver the contract.The BuyZET project aimed to understand the impact of this spending on transportation flows in EU urban areas, to see how procurement may be used to best support the shift to sustainable mobility.
The City of Torres Vedras won the European Green Leaf in 2015 for its actions on sustainability. Torres Vedras is part of the Region of Lisbon and has a population of around 80,000 people.