Single European Act


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Single European Act

Act intended to eliminate barriers on trade and capital flows between and among European countries.

Single European Act

An agreement among European Community members to gradually reduce tariffs and trade barriers with a goal of creating a Common Market in Europe. The Act aimed to unify trade and other laws among participating nations. It came into effect in 1987 and was replaced by the institutions of the European Union in 1993.
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Other institutional provisions of the Single European Act were designed to strengthen the role of the European Parliament in EC decisionmaking; however, the Parliament's role remains primarily consultative rather than legislative.
They now demand a referendum, but there was not a hint when Margaret Thatcher accepted the Single European Act, and when the Warsaw Pact collapsed she soon demanded that the fledgling democracies of eastern Europe be admitted to both Nato and the EU -which ironically has created the need for a new constitution.
They want, as well, to rewrite major rules agreed in the Nice, Amsterdam and Maastricht Treaties and even in the Single European Act signed by Mrs Thatcher.
This Paper, which set out details of 300 proposals for directives and regulations to be adopted by the EC Council, was then followed by the decision in December 1985 on the Single European Act, signed in February 1986, which made possible the adoption of most of the legislative proposals by qualified majority.
1987 is years before the Single European Act, Treaty on European Union and Treaty of Amsterdam, not to mention the numerous Directives and decisions of the European Court of Justice.
This, through Article 8 of the Single European Act of 1987 has now become Article 0 (Title VII.
Although the concept for a free market dates back to the Treaty of Rome in 1957, the Single European Act, signed in 1985 by all EEC nations, sets new objectives for the completion of such a market by 1992.
This new treaty does not cede as much power to Brussels as the Single European Act, passed with comparatively little fuss in the 1980s or the Maastricht Treaty of 1992.
The Single European Act (1986) and the Treaty on European Union (1992) built on this, introducing the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and laying foundations for a single currency
We didn't have a referendum on the Single European Act or Maastricht and there were far bigger give-aways of power then.
Economic and social cohesion was first introduced as a separate Community policy in its own right by the Single European Act in 1987.
The Single European Act (1986), for example, requires the EU's member states to take decisions on the single market through majority voting.

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