European Commission unveils Single Market Strategy

The European Commission (EC) has released its Strategy for the Single Market in the form of a Communication entitled “Upgrading the Single Market: more opportunities for people and business” accompanied by a Staff working document and a Report on Integration and Competitiveness in the EU and its Member States. Jyrki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, and Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs will be leading the work to implement the Strategy.

With respect to Intellectual Property Rights and copyright, a specific chapter is dedicated to the consolidation of Europe’s intellectual property framework. This chapter mainly deals with patents and enforcement of IPR, while the review of EU copyright rules is already being dealt with through the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy, as indicated in a factsheet that the EC also released today.

Find the Communication here, the Staff working document here and the Report on Single Market Integration and Competitiveness here; the official press release here and the factsheet here.