On 1 January 2023, the EU Single Market became 30 years old. It followed the signature of the Maastricht Treaty on 7 February 1992 by the EU member states, including Germany.
The EU Single market
- creates new opportunities for craft businesses, trainees and workers,
- creates common values and standards for the services and works of craftsmen and craftswomen,
- is designed for economic growth and resistance to crises,
- is intended to help the member states become more self-sufficient in the face of global challenges and the European fight against climate change,
- is becoming more important than ever for the competitiveness of EU Member States in the global world,
- should ensure the ease of doing business for craft enterprises and their employees, with little bureaucracy.
At European level, the Single Market idea must be revived and constantly developed from a business perspective.