The Single European Market: Challenges for Doing Business

  • Dumitru Miron
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


It is not easy to establish the precise moment when the concept of economic integration emerged in the sense that it was given after the start of the European integration process. Pelkmans define economic integration as a process of “elimination of economic frontiers between two or more economies” considering that “the fundamental significance of economic integration is the increase of actual or potential competition. This chapter contains a few answers to some important questions such as: what is the substance of integration and what are the criteria underlying the decision of states to launch an integration process? What are the symptoms based on which one can decide whether the integration process functions properly or if it still is a desideratum? This chapter analyses the single internal market as an essential stage of the European integration process stressing the four freedoms of goods, services, capitals and human resources.


Economic integration Disintegration Customs union Single market Free movement Scale economy Economic behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International Business and EconomicsThe Bucharest University of Economic StudiesBucharestRomania

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