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Single Market Scoreboard 2021: Member states edging forward to a better implementation of Single Market rules for a more resilient Europe

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The Commission has published the Single Market Scoreboard 2021, which shows that, despite improvements in certain areas, better implementation of Single Market rules is needed on the ground. Such improvements would help EU businesses and citizens fully benefit from their freedoms and rights, to facilitate green and digital transitions. Thanks to the Single Market, the EU is limiting the effects of shortages by driving innovation and diversifying supply chains across Europe. A well-functioning Single Market, where innovation can flourish, is the best ally for a resilient European economy. In agreement with member states, the scope of the Single Market Scoreboard 2021 has been extended to three new policy areas and indicators. These concern the circular economy/greening of industry, market surveillance and SMEs' business environment.

The main findings are presented in the form of a ‘traffic light' chart, by attributing red (below average), yellow (average) and green (above average) cards per tool or area, while the arrows in the table below represent the improvements from one year to the other. Compared to 2019, this year's Scoreboard notes a steady situation in most member states, and observes a very slight improvement in overall performance of the monitored areas. More detailed data per country and areas are provided in the online tool. A press release on the Single Market Scoreboard 2021 is available here.

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