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Introducing a European services e-card [EU Legislation in Progress] [Policy Podcast]

Written by Monika Kiss (1st edition),

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Cross-border provision of services in the EU is relatively common, and is undertaken by an increasing number of entities, especially in sectors such as construction and business. Despite this fact, many service-providers still face obstacles to benefitting from comparable business opportunities available to local persons and organisations.

The proposed regulation and accompanying directive aim to tackle these remaining obstacles through the introduction of a European services e-card, meant to increase and simplify cooperation between home and host Member States, as well as through the simplification of the procedures applicable to cross-border service-providers.

The proposal drew a mixed response: stakeholders generally welcomed the Commission’s efforts to remove existing barriers; however, they raised concerns about possible undesirable consequences that the new proposal might trigger, such as reduced control opportunities, and increases in bogus self-employment and social dumping. These views were shared by a number of national parliaments.


Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council introducing a European services e-card and related administrative facilities
Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the legal and operational framework of the European services e-card introduced by [ESC Regulation]
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2016) 823
COM(2016) 824


procedure ref.: 2016/0402(COD)

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

Rapporteur (regulation):

Rapporteur (directive):

Anneleen Van Bossuyt (ECR, Belgium)

Morten Løkkegaard (ALDE, Denmark)

Next steps expected: Publication of draft reports

Stage: EESC






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