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Internal Market: Liechtenstein must ease its controls of service providers



Any company providing cross border services or wanting to establish itself in Liechtenstein is first subject to intensive controls. Maintaining a general prior authorisation respectively notification system is running against internal market principles and must be changed, the EFTA Surveillance Authority decided today.

The internal market is based on the principle that, except under special circumstances, companies can freely provide services. Liechtenstein is entitled to require controls to be performed on companies providing services on its territory, but only once the company has entered or established itself in the country.

The current procedure implies additional hurdles, delays and costs for companies.

The Authority considers the legal requirements imposed by Liechtenstein to constitute a breach of the Services Directive and the rules on the provision of cross-border services and establishment in the internal market. The Authority now requests Liechtenstein to bring its legislation in line with EEA law.

Today's request takes the form of a reasoned opinion, the second stage of the EEA infringement proceedings. If Liechtenstein does not take the measures necessary to ensure compliance with EEA rules within two months, the Authority may refer the matter to the EFTA Court.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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