Thirty Years of the European Single Market ‒ Achievements and Future Challenges

Stefano Micossi, Giuseppe Bertola, Marek Dabrowski, Mehtap Akgüç and Philippe Pochet, Lucia Quaglia and Amy Verdun, Iulia Siedschlag, Andreas Baur and Lisandra Flach

Articles included


Introduction to the Issue on Thirty Years of the European Single Market ‒ Achievements and Future Challenges
Chang Woon Nam
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 03-04

The European Internal Market Thirty Years On
Stefano Micossi
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 05-09

The Single Market and Common Policies in Uncommon Circumstances
Giuseppe Bertola
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 09-13

The Single European Market: The Unfinished Business
Marek Dabrowski
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 14-18

European Single Market 2.0: Striving for a More Social and Environmental Market Aligned with Open Strategic Autonomy
Mehtap Akgüç and Philippe Pochet
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 19-22

The Increasing Geoeconomic Usage of the Single Market for Financial Services
Lucia Quaglia and Amy Verdun
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 23-27

The Effects of the European Single Market on Attractiveness to Foreign Direct Investment
Iulia Siedschlag
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 28-31

Protectionism on the Rise? New Challenges for EU Trade Policy
Andreas Baur and Lisandra Flach
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 32-35


The Role of Fiscal Policy Measures in Mitigating the Effects of the Covid-19 Crisis
in Germany

Michael Christl, Silvia De Poli, Tine Hufkens, Andreas Peichl and Mattia Ricci
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 36-40


Emigration and Elections: The Role of Emigrants’ Missing Votes
Yvonne Giesing, Felicitas Schikora and Geisi Shima
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 41-45


It’s in the Data – Improved Market Power Mitigation in Electricity Markets
Jacqueline Adelowo and Moritz Bohland
EconPol Forum 24 (5), 46-51


In 1993, the European Single Market was created with the aim of enabling the free movement of goods, services and capital. It has created jobs and fostered growth and prosperity across the EU. Today, the European Single Market is the EU’s driving force in addressing new challenges such as combating climate change, building a clean and secure energy supply, and supporting the innovation and digitalization of the European economy. The 30th anniversary of the European Single Market provides an opportunity to celebrate its successes and review what is yet to be achieved. Indeed, the global financial crisis (2008), the Euro crisis (2010), Brexit, the Covid-19 crisis (2020/21), and the energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (2022) have disrupted its positive evolution. This issue of EconPol Forum addresses important aspects of the role of the European Single Market in a new geopolitical era. Our authors also take a critical look at the main current challenges facing the EU.


“Thirty Years of the European Single Market ‒ Achievements and Future Challenges,” EconPol Forum 24 (5), CESifo, Munich, 2023.