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Parliamentary questions
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12 July 2021
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002474/2021

The Commission is committed to fulfil its part in the renewed partnership with Member States to ensure better implementation and enforcement of the Single Market rules, including the Services Directive, in line with the Long term action plan for better implementation and enforcement of the single market rules(1). The work of the Single Market Enforcement Task Force to address concrete internal market barriers is one example of that partnership.

The Commission continuously supports Member States’ efforts and provides guidance on implementing the directive, including through regular meetings of the Expert Group and the updating of the Handbook on the implementation of the Services Directive.

To prevent new obstacles, the Commission is also working with Member States to improve their compliance with the notification procedure under the Services Directive by providing guidance, trainings and discuss notified requirements as well as pointing out where Member States failed to notify new requirements.

The Commission will continue to closely monitor the compliance of national rules with the Services Directive and will take appropriate enforcement actions in case of incorrect application of that directive by the Member States.

In the update of the 2020 New Industrial Strategy, the Commission announced several actions to strengthen the Single Market for services(2). The Commission will explore the merits of a legislative proposal for regulating key business services supported by harmonised standards.

Furthermore, the Commission will work with Member States to devise a common form, in an electronic format, for the declaration of the posting of workers.

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