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Sectoral opening up of markets instead of protection for public monopolies

– The aim is for the European Union to proceed with sectoral directives opening up the markets instead of a regulation safeguarding old monopolised public services. The result will be lower prices, better services and cross border competition with a more dynamic Europe based on the internal market and subsidiarity.

It is in the interest of consumers, taxpayers and employees that services of general interest can be open to competition, entrepreneurship and freedom of choice. The achievements of the internal market in areas such as telecom and airlines are examples of how European economies, citizens and taxpayers have benefited from competition and development at the same time as new jobs have emerged in these areas, concludes Hökmark.