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SOLVIT, five, helps right Internal Market wrongs

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Pragmatic cross-border solutions in the EU? Five years ago the problem-solving service Solvit drew scepticism, but not any longer. It deals with hassles people and businesses find moving around in the Single Market. Incorrect application of EU rules by a public authority can be taken up with its help – free.

Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy: “Solvit has proved his value but it has certainly not reached his full potential. But this is what we want to celebrate today. European Union capacity to provide an inovative and useful service for its citizens.”

When Norwegian Lars Hogberg of Sundt Air was fined 3,000 euros by French customs for what it said was wrongful operations between two French towns, he turned to Solvit, who solved it. Since 2002, the network has provided people living, working, studying, or doing business in another EU country with solutions to over 1,800 concrete problems. Most cases are solved to the plaintiffs’ satisfaction, within ten weeks.