Public consultation on the Single Market Emergency Instrument

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment is seeking stakeholders’ views on the European Commission’s proposed Regulation for a Single Market Emergency Instrument (SMEI).

Background and aims of proposal

The European Commission published its proposal for a Regulation for a Single Market Emergency Instrument on 19 September 2022.

The proposal states that the purpose of the SMEI is to provide a strong, agile governance structure, as well as a targeted toolbox, to ensure the smooth functioning of the Single Market in any future type of crisis.

The SMEI aims to establish a comprehensive preparedness and crisis-response architecture composed of the following main components:

  1. an advisory group
  2. a framework for contingency planning
  3. a framework for Single Market vigilance
  4. a framework for Single Market emergencies

Details of consultation

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will represent Ireland at negotiations on the Commission’s proposals over the coming months and responses to the consultation will help inform the work to be undertaken by the Department in this area.


Submissions should be marked 'Single Market Emergency Instrument' and should be emailed to Further queries can also be made to

The last date for receipt of responses is Friday, 21 October 2022 at 5pm.

Data Protection and Freedom of Information

We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a clear, open, and transparent manner. Any person or organisation can make a submission in relation to this consultation. All submissions and feedback will be considered by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. 

Please note that it is intended that all submissions received will be made available under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 (FOI) and will be published on the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment website.

In responding to this consultation, parties should clearly indicate where their responses contain personal information, commercially sensitive information, or confidential information which they would not wish to be released under FOI or published on the Department’s website.

We would like to draw your attention to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment's Data Protection Data Privacy Notice which is available on our website and explains how and when we collect personal data, why we do so and how we treat this information. It also explains your rights in relation to the collection of personal information and how you can exercise those rights. 

Related information

Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Single Market emergency instrument

Single Market Emergency Instrument- Questions and Answers

Single Market Emergency Instrument Factsheet

Publication of submissions

Submissions to the consultation are available to download below.

Topics: EU and Internal Market