Prior to the entrance of the new European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, Sweden is pushing to improve the EU’s internal market. It is not certain which post Sweden’s nomination, Ylva Johansson, will get, but current commissioner Cecilia Malmström has urged the government to aim for the EU internal market. The government has prioritised the area for the next five years.
“The internal market is hugely crucial for Sweden. We want the new Commission to see how important it is. There is a lot left to do,” says Foreign Trade Minister Ann Linde.
While goods move freely between the 28 member states, trade with services is more complicated. Ann Linde says that 76 per cent of all companies in the EU are in the service sector but only 20 per cent cross borders. “Why? Because there are so many obstacles. We think it would increase Swedish GDP by SEK 100 billion if these obstacles were removed,” she says.
Ann Linde says Sweden intends to get other countries on board and points out it is part of a group of “like-minded” who are pursuing this.
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