The European Internal Market – challenges for free movement

Research Project

Time frame: Completed
Project managers: Jörgen Hettne, Monika Hjeds Löfmark and Jonas Eriksson

Europe 2020 is an EU strategy that influences many of SIEPS’s research projects. There is an explicit link between Europe 2020 and the future development of the Internal Market. A recurring theme is that the Internal Market should become a competitive social market economy. A concrete manifestation of Europe 2020 is the so-...

Project manager: Anna Wetter,Göran von Sydow och Monika Hjeds Löfmark

How to combine the interests of the free market with social policy interests is a complex and much debated issue. It has been approached in different ways depending on the time period and the prevailing ideological trend. The question has been raised again due...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Jörgen Hettne and Ulrika Stavlöt

In this project some central areas of the internal market will be analyzed; such as, financial services, union citizenship, company law and labour law.

One of the most discussed labour market issues confronting the EU in recent years is that of trade in services and how this should be regulated. Judging the debates the general attitude towards trade in services is significantly more negative than for...

Timeframe: Completed
Project manager: Ulrika Stavlöt

One of the most hotly debated issues in the EU in recent years has concerned trade in services and how it should be regulated. Judging from the public discussion, attitudes are less favourable to imports of services than to traditional imports of goods. In 2009 SIEPS published a research report documenting to what extent attitudes to various types of trade differ and how these attitudes are formed. In 2010 SIEPS plans a follow-up study to analyse how the recent economic decline has affected...

Project manager: Pernilla Bäckman

The treaty stipulates that the European Union shall offer its citizen an area of freedom, security and justice. The policy area is a shared competence between the EU and the Member States and includes issues such as fundamental rights, asylum and migration policy, the fight against organised crime and terrorism, and civil and criminal judicial cooperation. In 2014 the European Council adopted strategic guidelines in this area, which builds on the former so-...

Project Manager: Jonas Eriksson, Monika Hjeds Löfmark and Pernilla Bäckman

Asylum and immigration in the EU and its Member States raises a number of questions that require an in-depth analysis. Several goals have to fit within the same framework, e.g. secure borders, access to labour, combating undeclared work, a high level of security for those requiring...

Timeframe: completed
Project Manager: Fredrik Langdal

The EU Member States are increasingly dependent on imported fossil fuels to meet their energy requirements, which raises a few questions about security of supply, environment and decision-making powers. The fact that the European Union so far has had a low capacity to act in the energy sector is interesting because some actors within the EU aim to strengthen the Union's possibilities to act in the field.

In 2007 the Commission presented a proposal on what a common and cohesive energy...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Jonas Eriksson

Even though the potential consequences in the EU15 of the eastern enlargement received much attention in the public debate prior to 1 May 2004, Sweden, Ireland and the UK did not introduce transitional rules. They therefore serve as examples from which we can gain valuable information on the implications of opening the borders to the CEEC Member States. In 2006 SIEPS and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Josefin Almer Wulff

In this project different aspects of the EU food policy is analysed from a legal perspective. The EU food policy has undergone major changes the last couple of years. Before the so-called BSE crisis in the 1990’s the European food policy was fragmentized and lacking clear goals. After the crisis the EU food policy was given its own status as a policy and nowadays it is largely based, inter alias, on a high degree of...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Rickard Eriksson

The project studied the consequences of the European enlargement on the structure of industry in Europe, with a focus on Sweden. The liberalisation of trade and investments in the new Member States can affect the industry structure in several ways.

An increased specialization to industries in which countries have comparative advantages is likely, but also increased vertical specialization, where functions within an industry (e.g. production and R&D) are located to different...

Timeframe: Completed
Project manager: Carl Fredrik Bergström

The background to this project was the criticism coming from both the Swedish Government and representatives of Swedish industry and commerce of the manner in which application of regulations pertaining to control of mergers affects planned mergers in small member states. It was maintained, for example, that the Commission did not take economic policy into account in its examinations and that this had an adverse effect on the ability of European companies to compete in a global market...