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The EFTA Surveillance Authority launches public consultation on the implementation of the Services Directive - PR(10)46

8.7.2010

Today the EFTA Surveillance Authority published a call for comments and observations from individuals and stakeholders regarding the implementation of the Services Directive in the EFTA States. The public consultation, which fulfills an obligation in the Directive, will be open until 20 September 2010.


During the first half of 2010, the EFTA States, together with the EU Member States, have been engaged in a process of mutual evaluation of their respective national legal systems in the field of services. So far this process has primarily involved the national administrations of the EFTA and EU States, the Authority and the European Commission. However, with the launch of the public consultation the dialogue opens up the process to all interested parties to provide input on the issues covered by the Services Directive. The objective of the evaluation is to discuss the restrictions on the freedom to provide services that still remain in place following the implementation of the Directive.

“We believe that the public consultation provides a valuable opportunity for interested parties to engage in the complex process of implementing the Services Directive and we hope that individuals, as well as organisations and industry will make use of this possibility to make their voices heard,” says Tuula Nieminen, Acting Director of the Internal Market Affairs Directorate at the Authority.

In order to respond to the public consultation, please use the questionnaire which has been made available on the website of the Authority under Services. The website also contains background documents and summaries of the implementation status in the EFTA States.

For further information, please contact: 

Mr. Joakim Zander
Senior Officer
Internal Market Affairs
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 76

 




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