The internal market is the cornerstone of growth in the EU, and a central component of the European project. It remains a key strategic objective for Europe, with the potential to act as an engine for growth in the post-crisis recovery. An important part of the single market is the retail sector worth €454billion, representing 4.3% of Europe’s total value added and employing an estimated 18.6 million people.
The internal retail market has the potential to be much more however. This debate will examine the barriers that exist within the internal retail market. Rules governing commercial establishment, excessive administrative burdens, and the slow growth of cross-border e-commerce all contribute to the restriction of the internal retail market. With a panel of expert speakers from a variety of fields, this debate will explore how the internal retail market might be freed to realise its full potential.