Public consultation on proposals for a Regulation and a Directive on a European Services e-card

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is seeking views of interested parties on a recent proposal by the European Commission.

This EU proposal, which is contained in the attached documents, seeks to improve the single market for service providers, particularly self-employed people and SMEs, by reducing administrative complexity for service providers that want to expand their activities to other Member States.

Initially it will be offered to service providers in the business and construction sectors and the related activities which fall under the Services Directive. It will be offered to service providers on a voluntary basis as an alternative route to show compliance with the applicable national rules. It will allow service providers to use a fully electronic EU level procedure to complete formalities when expanding abroad, thereby offering them increased legal certainty and significantly reducing administrative burden.

The Commission proposal has been sent to the European Council (composed of the governments of the EU Member States) and the European Parliament, for discussion, possible amendment, and agreement.

How to send submissions

As part of Ireland’s national scrutiny of the proposal, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation welcomes views on the proposal, and invites stakeholders to make a submission.

Respondents may send their views in writing (preferably by email) to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the addresses below. The submissions should be marked 'Consultation - EU Commission Proposed European services e-card', and submissions should arrive not later than 10 March 2017.

Email: eu@djei.ie

Postal Address: Consultation on EU Commission Proposed European services e-card, Single Market Unit, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, D02 TD30.

Freedom of Information and Publication of Submissions

Please note that all submissions received will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Consequently, when submitting material, parties should specify any information which they consider should not be released, and identify the grounds under the Act which support the non-release of the information.

The Department may also decide to place submissions received on its website in due course. A decision on any such placement may occur without prior consultation with respondents to this consultation process.

If a respondent does not wish any material contained in its submission to be published in this way because it is considered commercially sensitive or confidential, then this should be clearly indicated (with reasons) in the submission.

Queries

Further information may be obtained by contacting:

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Aideen Cusack – Telephone: 01 631 2184 or Email: aideen.cusack@djei.ie), or, (Patrick Sinnott – Telephone: 01 6312296 or Email: patrick.sinnott@djei.ie)

Published by EU Affairs, Trade Policy, and Safety and Health Policy

Topics: EU Directives, EU and Internal Market, Services Directive

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