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Services in the internal market


UEAPME welcomed and fully supported the objective of the Services Directive, which is to provide a legal framework that will eliminate the obstacles to the freedom of establishment for service providers and the free movement of services between the Member States. UEAPME has always stated that the Internal Market for services is not yet a reality for SMEs.

Position papers

-  July 2016: UEAPME position on the Services Passport

-  March 2006: UEAPME’s evaluation of the European Parliament’s vote on the Services Directive

-  November 2004: UEAPME’s position paper on the proposal for a directive on Services in the Internal Market

-  May 2001: UEAPME Position Paper on the Communication from the Commission on "An Internal Market Strategy for Services" COM(2000)888 of 29/12/2000

Press releases

-  15/11/2006: Services Directive must now clear the implementation hurdle

-  24/10/2006: Services Directive: second reading Committee vote delivers a balanced text

-  04/04/2006: Revised Services Directive is now closer to the reality of Europe’s SMEs

-  16/02/2006: European Parliament praised for sense of compromise in voting for a workable Services Directive

-  23/11/2005: MEPs take important steps towards a workable Services Directive

-  03/10/2005: Services Directive: UEAPME calls on MEPs to support Gebhardt compromise

-  04/11/2004: Directive on services in the Internal Market: SMEs question feasibility of country of origin principle

-  04/11/2004: Directive sur les services dans le marché intérieur : les PME s’interrogent sur la faisabilité du principe du pays d’origine

Other documents

-  22/09/2009: Joint letter by UEAPME, EUROCHAMBRES and Eurocommerce on the implementation of the Services directive