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Report adopted on the implementation of the Services Directive



The Authority has adopted and published a report concerning the implementation of the Services Directive in the EFTA States Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The report aims to summarise and evaluate the implementation work carried out by the EFTA States.

The Services Directive is the central piece of legislation for businesses that want to set up a permanent establishment in the European Economic Area (EEA) or provide cross-border services.

During 2010, the EFTA States participated, together with the EU States, the European Commission and the Authority, in an innovative process which required close cooperation in order to analyse the information submitted by all 30 EEA States. This process aimed to make all aspects of the implementation of the Services Directive transparent and subject to discussion between representatives of the Governments of the EEA States.

The report gives an overview of the changes in the national legislations of the EFTA States that have taken place as a consequence of the implementation of the Services Directive. Furthermore, it contains information on administrative restrictions which the EFTA States consider as justified on the grounds of overriding reasons in the public interest. The Authority reserves its right to asses whether these restrictions are in conformity with EEA law. The content of the report was subject to a public consultation in 2010. In accordance with the EEA Agreement, the report will be presented to the EFTA Standing Committee. It is also available on the website of the Authority as of today.

Click this link to read the report.

 For further information, please contact:

Mr Trygve Mellvang-Berg, 
Press & Information Officer 
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 866
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

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