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Information on the Services Directive

General information on the Services Directive

Please find information on the Services Directive in the links below

Article 21 Bodies in Ireland

Cork Chamber - Advice for businesses offering services in another EU country on:

  • Your legal rights if there is a problem
  • Contact details of agencies that will offer you further assistance

European Consumer Centre Ireland - Advice for consumers on:

  • What to check before availing of services in another member state
  • Your legal rights if there is a problem
  • Contact details of agencies that will offer you further assistance

Making the Services Directive Work

On 6 March 2014 in Dublin Castle, a Seminar was held on the Services Directive. The aim was to raise awareness and highlight the benefits and opportunities of the Directive as well as to ensure ongoing compliance with all of its provisions.

Seminar

Opening Remarks

Mr John Murphy, Secretary General of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation welcomed the guest speakers/delegates and opened the event.

Commission Presentation

Mr Jurgen Tiedje and Ms Anneli Andresson-Bourgey of DG Internal Market and Services outlined the objectives and key economic benefits of the Directive, the importance of the obligation to screen national legislation as well as the requirement for Member States to establish a Point of Single Contact.

Please see presentation attached below.

Commission presentation.ppt (size 2.6 MB)

Estonian Point of Single Contact 

Mr Mikk Vainik from the Estonian Information System’s Authority presented on the Estonian Point of Single Contact and demonstrated how e-services are developed.

Please see presentation attached below.

Estonian Point of Single Contact Presentation.pptx (size 25 MB)

European Consumer Centre

Ms Anna Heryan, Dispute Resolution Adviser, focused on the Report on the Services Directive, its objective, the key problem areas identified, its main outcomes and recommendations. Discussion also included three representative case studies to illustrate the difficult areas under Article 20 of the Directive.

Please see presentation attached below.

European Consumer Centre presentation .ppt (size 913.4 KB)

UK Experience 

Ms Kerry Jones from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) summarised the UK experience regarding implementation of the Directive including the establishment of the UK Single Market Centre.

Please see presentation attached below.

Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (UK) presentation.ppt (size 180.7 KB)

Q & A Session

This session was chaired by Mr Thomas Murray, Director of the Internal Market Unit of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. It facilitated questions and brief discussions on plans for future cooperation.

Closing Remarks

In closing the event Mr John Perry, T,D., Minister for Small Business stressed the importance of full administrative implementation and ongoing rollout of the Services Directive.