EPICENTER’s Director Adam Bartha on the EU’s future growth the Brussels Report

EPICENTER’s Director Adam Bartha on the EU’s future growth the Brussels Report

As Adam Bartha, director of EPICENTER, argues in this article, since the Maastricht Treaty, EU legislation has surged, coinciding with sluggish economic growth in many older member states. To regain competitiveness against the US and China, the next European Commission must drastically reduce regulations and strengthen its Single Market. Excessive regulations have hindered the Single Market's growth potential, while voter support in countries like France and Italy has shifted right due to economic discontent. Rising state aid and high compliance costs from new regulations further impede competitiveness. The EU must prioritize the Single Market, reduce regulatory burdens, and liberalize trade and labor markets to ensure future prosperity and well-being.

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EPICENTER publications and contributions from our member think tanks are designed to promote the discussion of economic issues and the role of markets in solving economic and social problems. As with all EPICENTER publications, the views expressed here are those of the author and not EPICENTER or its member think tanks (which have no corporate view).