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The Services Directive: Two Steps Forward, How Many Back? Concluding Remarks

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Services Liberalisation in the Internal Market

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Almost 50 years after the setting up of the Common Market, and more than 10 years after the “completion” of the Single Market, the European Commission presented a proposal for the Services Directive (SD)1, which was adopted almost three years later and has to be transposed into the Member States’ legal orders before the end of 2009. This is surprising insofar as the freedom to provide services has been forming a core part of the “Economic Constitution” of the European Communities from the very beginning. It could therefore be assumed that legal obstacles to the provision of services should and would have been removed long before the year 2004 when the Commission came up with that initiative2.

Directive 2006/123/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on services in the internal market, OJ L/2006 376/36.

Draft Services Directive 2004 (“DSD 2004”): the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on services in the internal market, COM(2004) 2final/3 of 5 March 2004. The original proposal was from February 2004.

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Griller, S. (2008). The Services Directive: Two Steps Forward, How Many Back? Concluding Remarks. In: Breuss, F., Fink, G., Griller, S. (eds) Services Liberalisation in the Internal Market. Schriftenreihe der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Europaforschung (ECSA Austria)/European Community Studies Association of Austria Publication Series, vol 6. Springer, Vienna. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-211-69388-9_5

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