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Energy: EU Directive

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Trade and Consumer Affairs (Gareth Thomas) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today depositing copies of the government response to consultation on services directive implementation. This summarises respondents’ views and sets out the Government’s revised plans to implement the EU services directive in the UK. The directive is intended to create a single market for services across the EU by addressing barriers to effective cross-border service provision. The Government are required to implement the directive by 28 December 2009.

The consultation sought views on the Government’s proposals to implement all strands of the directive, which are to:

establish an online single point of contact through which service providers seeking to operate in the UK can find the information they need and complete the necessary formalities;

facilitate greater co-operation between regulatory and supervisory bodies in the UK and in other member states in their supervision of service providers;

strengthen the rights of service recipients and improve the quality of services through enhanced information provision; and

abolish restrictive legislation and practices that unnecessarily hinder service providers from operating in the UK.

Copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of the House and can also be found at: www.berr.gov.uk/europeandtrade/europe/services-directive/page9583.html.