The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how quickly something that has been taken for granted can end. Especially in times of crisis, the backbone of the European economy must function smoothly. We need a get back to normality in the single market.
In future, important achievements of the single market, such as open borders in the Schengen area, cannot be unilaterally suspended without European coordination.
The aim must be to restore the integrity of the single market, also for workers, and to remove obstacles to intra-EU labour mobility. Newly emerged problems in coordinating the European social security systems also need to be overcome.
Many proposed regulations no longer fit the times: they must be postponed further or dropped altogether to avoid burdening workers and companies with drastic new directives and regulations. The density of regulations is already stifling the single market to a large extent and giving way to national protectionism.
The burdensome introduction of new instruments is delaying urgently needed support. It will therefore be right, in the future, to support member states in need of assistance primarily through a significantly increased, and thus effective and stable, long-term EU budget, combined with the right political priorities.
For a well-functioning single market, truck drivers and their vehicles must be able to move about freely. Reliable cross-border transport links and well-functioning supply chains are the cornerstone for a return to normality.