Third Set Of Calls For Evidence On The Government's Review Of The Balance Of Competences Between The UK and the EU

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills today launched three calls for evidence asking business groups, stakeholders and others to submit their views to the Single Market: Free Movement of Services Review, Competition and Consumer Policy Review and the Cohesion Review, about how policy in these areas impacts the UK.

The calls for evidence relate to the following reviews:

– The Single Market: Free Movement of Services; This Review will consider public and defence procurement, company law and the mutual recognition of professional qualifications (MRPQ), as well as wider issues relating to the free movement of services across the EU.

– Competition and Consumer Policy: This Review considers the rules governing competition between suppliers and the protection of consumers when purchasing a product or service. State aid rules will also be covered by this Review.

– Cohesion: This Review covers the EU's regional policy and its main financial instruments such as the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund as well as the European Social Fund.

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These three calls for evidence are part of a two-year government review of the balance of competences between the UK and EU which was announced by the Foreign Secretary in July last year.

The Balance of Competences Review will provide an informed and objective analysis of what EU membership means for the UK and our national interest. It is looking at the scope of the EU's competences (the power to act in a particular area) as they affect the UK and how they are used.

The call for evidence period will run from 21 October to 13 January 2014.

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