Interesting read, the mission letters for the new Commissioners. For instance Internal Market, here a community patent in the Alicante spirit becomes a core task. In other words, Internal Market is now saturated:
You will be the Commissioner with responsibility for Internal Market and Services. As in the past, changing circumstances may also mean that I will need to take a fresh look at the mix of portfolios in the course of the mandate, and may responsibilities accordingly.
You will take this responsibility in a context where drawing the lessons from the crisis and implementing them will be a key priority. You will be responsible for giving a new momentum to the Single Market while driving the Commission’s initiatives in the field of financial services, public procurement, free movement of services, intellectual property and professional qualifications:
− On the 20th anniversary of the single market in 2012, the Commission should propose a major set of initiatives to tackle missing links and restore confidence in the single market, so that it delivers its full potential for citizens and small businesses.
Mr Michel BARNIER
− We should work to make real progress on free movement of services, beginning with a full implementation of the Services Directive. A review of the professional qualifications legislation will also be needed.
− As to public procurement and intellectual property rights, you will take the lead on our efforts to secure the adoption of a Community patent, and developing effective policy for the enforcement of intellectual property rights.
− Integrated, efficient and safe financial markets are needed more than ever to help the EU economy grow again. However, the EU’s regulatory framework and the supervisory structures must be strengthened, and you will have a key role to ensure this happens.
To help you fulfil your responsibilities, DG MARKT will be under your authority as well as the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM).