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16 February 2011

The EESC is the first institution to respond to the Single Market Act: "There is one Single Market for workers, consumers and businesses alike"

The Single Market Observatory (SMO) of the EESC is organising a public hearing in Budapest on Monday 21 February 2011 involving more than 100 representatives of Hungarian civil society organisations. This event, called "The Single Market Act - The Priorities of the Hungarian Civil Society" aims to provide a contribution towards the EESC's decision to be adopted at its plenary session in March.

The contribution of civil society organisations is indispensable for the correct focusing of the measures that are required to re-launch the Single Market. The Single Market Act is only a start and the draft opinion will advocate hands-on user feedback.

With that perspective, the EESC does not select a finite number of measures but identifies priorities to be implemented as the first steps of a long term process. The three rapporteurs, Ivan VOLEŠ (Employers' Group, Czech republic), Martin SIECKER (Employees Group, the Netherlands) and Benedicte FEDERSPIEL (Various Interests' Group, Denmark), insist on the need for a holistic approach that goes beyond the artificial division of the Single Market Act into three pillars.

The Committee aims to remedy the eclectic nature of the proposals by suggesting more coherence and mutual interdependence of individual measures. The proposals are complementary in that they interact with each other by way of clusters and impact on society at large.

This public hearing, chaired by Edgardo Maria IOZIA and attended by EESC President Staffan Nilsson, will provide a unique opportunity to communicate on the benefits of the Single Market in a Member State holding the EU Presidency. EESC members themselves play a major role in this process in their own capacity of representatives of civil society organisations.

For further information, please contact:

Jean-Pierre Faure

EESC Single Market Observatory

Tel.:+32 2 546 9615;

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