On 28 October 2015, the European Commission presented its Single Market Strategy to deliver a fairer and deeper single market – a key priority of the Juncker Commission. The strategy sets out a number of actions (both legislative and non-legislative) to be taken in the next years to remove remaining obstacles to free movement and make the single market work better.

The strategy rightly focuses on removing barriers to the free movement of services in the single market, an area where companies still experience many barriers, also in terms of establishment in another Member State.

One of the main actions announced by the Commission is to come with a legislative initiative in 2016 to introduce a “Services Passport” with a harmonized notification form and an electronic document repository to increase certainty and reduce barriers for service providers who want to access other EU markets in order to expand their activities. Since the end of September 2016, the passport idea is commonly referred to as the “European Services Card” initiative.

This position paper constitutes BusinessEurope’s response to the Commission public consultation on the Services Passport / European Services Card and outlines its general position on the concept and indicates what elements need to be taken into account for such a card to become of real added value for companies.

Read the full set of – Comments on the European Services Card initiative – here


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