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EU — The Single Market through the eyes of the people: a snapshot of citizens’ and businesses’ views and concerns

September 28, 2011

The Single Market through the eyes of the people: a snapshot of citizens’ and businesses’ views and concerns
Source: Eurobarometer

European citizens are, in general, satisfied with the possibilities that the Single Market offers in terms of a bigger choice of products (74%), more jobs (52%) and fair competition (47%). On the other hand, the Single Market is perceived as only benefiting big companies (62%), worsening working conditions (51%) and not benefiting poor and disadvantaged people (53%). 28% of those interviewed are considering working abroad in the future. These are some of the key results in the latest Eurobarometer survey on the Single Market. They also show that many Europeans are not aware of the Single Market and its benefits (35%).

The European Commission has also compiled the 20 most frequently encountered problems faced by EU citizens and businesses when travelling, moving or working abroad. The report, which was requested in the Single Market Act (IP/11/469), deals with issues such as professional qualifications, social security, tax barriers, access to finance and on-line shopping, to name just a few.

+ Single Market through the lens of people: a snapshot of citizens’ and businesses’ views and concerns

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