|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union, European Parliament|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 295|
On 2 May 2017 the European Commission presented a proposal setting up a Single Digital Gateway, aimed at offering easy and efficient online access for businesses and citizens, comprising information about EU and national law and administrative requirements; procedures (such as company registration); services providing assistance upon request.
The Council of the European Union discussed the proposal in 14 meetings of the Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal Market), eventually adopting its general approach on 30 November 2017. The European Parliament's relevant committee decided to open interinstitutional negotiations on 22 February 2018, and an informal agreement between the institutions was reached on 24 May. The European Parliament's plenary session formally endorsed the compromise text on 13 September and the Regulation was adopted on 2 October.
Significant obstacles exist for both citizens and businesses interested in moving to, selling products or providing services in another EU Member State. Finding relevant, accurate and understandable information online, as well as being able to access and carry out administrative procedures online, often remains complicated, time-consuming and expensive, if at all possible.
Citizens and businesses need to comply with national rules whenever they travel, work, live or do business across borders. It is therefore essential that they are informed about applicable rules, that they can find the appropriate assistance services and that they do not encounter any unnecessary obstacles.
The proposed Regulation aims to build on several existing schemes, significantly improving the online availability, quality and accessibility of information, assistance services and procedures which are relevant for citizens and businesses in the EU.
This draft law was put forward as part of a package of measures aimed at tackling barriers to freedom of establishment.
|Subject Categories||Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||Digital Single Market [DSM]|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|