Comments on SMIT, Single Digital Gateway and SOLVIT
The Commission “Compliance Package”
proposals of 2 May 2017
DETAILED REMARKS ON:
THE SINGLE MARKET INFORMATION TOOL (SMIT) PROPOSAL
THE SINGLE DIGITAL GATEWAY (SDG) PROPOSAL
THE ACTION PLAN ON THE REINFORCEMENT OF SOLVIT
BusinessEurope fully supports the Commission’s continued focus on making the single market work better. A fundamental aspect to achieve this is through ensuring high quality implementation, correct application and strong enforcement of agreed EU legislation.
- BusinessEurope strongly opposes the introduction of the Single Market Information Tool (SMIT) procedure. We oppose additional obligations on companies to provide highly sensitive business information without a clear justification or explanation how and for which precise objectives the Commission intends to use this information, and under the threat of sanctions. Moreover, it is absolutely unacceptable that the Commission is solely deciding at all stages of the SMIT procedure on the next steps. No other party is empowered to even check, scrutinise or appeal a decision throughout the SMIT process (accept perhaps going through lengthy and costly court procedures). Also given the penalties, this kind of power on one side is unacceptable.
- BusinessEurope welcomes the proposal for a Single Digital Gateway to establish a single online portal that offers accurate information, online procedures and problem-solving tools, which will make it easier for companies to operate across borders. It is however crucial that the SDG offers all the assistance and specific information companies need throughout the business life-cycle.
- BusinessEurope welcomes a reinforcement of SOLVIT with a more clearly defined role for the Commission. To promote the use of this tool by companies, it is crucial that it is clear what companies can expect from SOLVIT in terms of substantive outcomes and recommendations when they suspect their single market rights have been breached.