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Reform of services notification procedure [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marcin Szczepański,

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The 2006 Services Directive requires Member States to notify the European Commission of changes to national rules on services, providing the EU executive and other Member States with the opportunity to examine potential incompatibility with EU legislation early in the process. Based on its own assessments and public consultation, the Commission proposed in January 2017 to reform the current procedure in order to address various shortcomings identified in the preparatory process. The new procedure seeks to allow intervention by the Commission or other Member States before the law is adopted. The Council reached its general position in May 2017 proposing a number of modifications with regard to the scope, timing and requirements concerning the Member States and the Commission. The rapporteur published his draft report on 19 June 2017 and a deadline for amendments has been set for 6 September 2017.

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Reform of services notification procedure

Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the enforcement of Directive 2006/123/EC on services in the internal market, laying down a notification procedure for authorisation schemes and requirements related to services, and amending Directive 2006/123/EC and Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 on administrative cooperation through the Internal Market Information System
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:





Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO)

Sergio Gutiérrez Prieto, S&D, Spain

Ivan Štefanec, EPP, Czech Republic

Vicky Ford, ECR, United Kingdom

Kaja Kallas, ALDE, Estonia

Igor Šoltes, Greens/EFA, Slovenia

Marco Zullo, EFDD, Italy

COM(2016) 821 10/1/2017

procedure ref.: 2016/0398(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Vote in committee

Stage: Committee vote

new notification procedure for better implementation of EU services rules

new notification procedure for better implementation of EU services rules



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