Jean Monnet Chair Harri Kalimo and researcher Lea Mateo give training to EU’s SOLVIT experts 6 & 7 June

With more than sixty years into EU’s economic integration process, it may come as a surprise that the European economy could still be boosted by almost 1.6 trillion euro per year - or 12 per cent of EU-28 GDP -- through measures to improve the functioning of the EU’s internal market. Various policy initiatives have been taken to bridge this gap. An important part of the effort is the SOLVIT network, established by the MS/EEA countries (Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein) based on a Commission Recommendation in 2001 to help companies and individuals with problems  to operate across the borders caused by the misapplication of EU law by public authorities. In order to reinforce the functioning of the network, the 2017 SOLVIT Action plan set out to enhance the capacity of national SOLVIT centers to support businesses operating in the Single Market. The IES is proud to be contributing to this endeavor for DG GROW and the Executive Agency on SMEs (EASME). On 6 & 7 June, IES professor Harri Kalimo, assisted by IES researcher Lea Mateo and Chris Yon (UPitt), gave SOLVIT experts from the Member States two days of intensive training on EU free movement of goods law. The training covered a wide range of scenarios of obstacles that companies (in particular SMEs) encounter with public authorities in the Member States when attempting to operate across the borders and market their goods. The impacts of SOLVIT’s reinforced legal expertise should improve the help they provide to companies to make the best use of the opportunities the  internal market has to offer, and hence contribute directly into a more efficient European economy. Time very well spent, the organisers, the trainee and the trainers thought!