28 Oct 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 28 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
A deeper and fairer Single Market: Commission boosts opportunities for citizens and business
Today the European Commission is presenting a roadmap to deliver on President Juncker’s political commitment to unleash the full potential of the Single Market and make it the launch pad for Europe to thrive in the global economy. The Single Market offers opportunities for professionals and businesses and a greater choice and lower prices for consumers. It enables people to travel, live, work and study wherever they wish. But these opportunities do not always materialise, because single market rules are not known, not implemented or simply jeopardised by unjustified barriers. And the Single Market needs to adapt to reflect today’s realities: innovative ideas and new business models must find their place too. The Single Market Strategy includes a set of targeted actions that will address current challenges and deliver results for consumers, SMEs and start-ups, innovative services and professionals across Europe. Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, and Commissioner Elzbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, will present the Strategy today at 12:45 CET in the Commission’s press room, with live broadcast on EBS. A press release, a factsheet with questions and answers as well as a video are available online.
New EU-level rules for monitoring drinking water come into force
The EU is introducing new and more flexible rules to improve the monitoring of drinking water across Europe. Safe and high-qualitydrinking water is essential for public health and wellbeing. This was clearly voiced by Europe’s citizens in their initiative Right2Water. As part of a wider response to this call, the European Commission has amended the Drinking Water Directive with the aim to make the monitoring of drinking water across some 100 000 supply zones more tailored to the required needs of Member States. This will allow for more focused, risk-based monitoring, while ensuring full protection of public health. It follows the same standards that are used in food hygiene regulation (Hazard analysis and critical control point – HACCP) and the World Health Organisation’s water safety plan. Commissioner Vella said: “High-quality, safe drinking water is essential for well-being and public health, so we need to ensure high standards across the Union. This new monitoring and control system allows us to reduce unnecessary analyses and concentrate on controls that really matter.” Member States have two years to apply the provisions of this new legislation. The Commission is meanwhile evaluating the current EU legislation on the quality of drinking water. A press release is available here.
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