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  • Enhancing the implementation of the New Approach directives. Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament. COM(2003) 240 final


The New Approach (complemented by the Global Approach) is a legislative technique used in the area of the free movement of goods, widely recognised as highly efficient and successful. For almost 15 years, the directives based on it have played a central role in the effort to ensure free movement of goods in the single market. Economic integration and trade facilitation has increased steadily since the initiative was taken to develop these instruments.

Over the years, as part of a continuous assessing process, the tools have been successfully revised and significantly improved. However, no general review on its important horizontal aspects has been made yet. This paper is a part of that process, designed to further strengthen a successful tool.

It contains recommendations aimed at further improving the operational efficiency of the Internal Market, thereby reinforcing the competitiveness of European industry with cost effective, targeted measures proposed by many of the stakeholders themselves.

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Record Number: 4960 / Last updated on: 2003-05-28
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