The Cost of Non-Europe in the Single Market (Cecchini revisited). An overview of the potential economic gains from further completion of the European Single Market

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Publication Date September 2014
ISBN 978-92-823-5534-3
EC QA-02-14-328-EN-N
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It is well known that the Single Market has contributed significantly to economic growth and consumer welfare in the European Union. It has not however achieved its full potential and economic gains could be secured by better and more effective application of existing legislation and a deepening of the Single Market.

This Cost of Non-Europe report seeks to quantify the costs arising from the lack of full integration and analyses the benefits foregone for citizens, businesses and Member States. The report considers the economic cost of market fragmentation and of the gaps and deficits in the free movement of goods, of services, public procurement, the digital economy and the body of consumer law known as the consumer acquis .

The report estimates that completing the Single Market in these fields would entail economic gains ranging from €651bn to €1.1tr per year, equivalent to a range of 5% to 8.63% of EU GDP.

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European Parliament: Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union: Publications available via the EU Bookshop
European Commission: SEC (1988)524: Europe 1992: the overall challenge [summary of the Cecchini report] (via AEI)
AEI: Find the original 16 reports of the 'Research on the 'Cost of Non-Europe' (Cecchini Report), 1988 through the Archive of European Integration (add 'Research on the 'Cost of Non-Europe' in Title field)
Blog: EU: EPRS, 09.10.14: The Cost of Non-Europe in the Single Market (Cecchini revisited)

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