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“Implementation of the Services Directive - One year on”, Conference at the European Economic and Social Committee organised by BusinessEurope and Eurochambres

Organised by BusinessEurope and Eurochambres, this conference gathering 150 persons was dedicated to the implementation of the services directive, one year after its transposition by Member States into their national legal system. The objective was to identify the priorities to better use the potential of services markets in Europe by removing legal and administrative barriers to trade in the services sector. The keynote speaker Michel Barnier presented the main subjects of the final work programme on the “Single Market Act” due to be adopted in spring 2011. The conference was divided in two main panel debates: the first regarding the “European Single Market” and the second regarding the “Points of Single Contact”. Furthermore, both organising associations presented at this occasion their surveys regarding the latest developments of the single market for services. Finally, participants highlighted that Member States should improve their cooperation but also their communication on the points of single contact. A better collaboration between EU Member States and the simplification of the points of single contact are the main tools in order to reach the full potential of growth that a better implementation of the Directive could produce (estimated at between 1% and 1.5% of growth in the EU).