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Implementation of the Services Directive

The Services Directive had to be transposed into the national legislation of all EU countries by 28 December 2009. It required important changes in the laws of all EU countries and set up a number of ambitious projects such as the Points of Single Contact. The European Commission monitored the Directive’s implementation and works on further improvements to the Single Market for Services.

Handbook for EU countries

To help national authorities implement the Services Directive, the European Commission prepared a Handbook on implementation of the Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link .

Implementation of the Services Directive in EU countries

To implement the general principles and obligations of the Services Directive, EU countries had to introduce new laws and modify or abolish existing legislation not complying with the Directive:

  • most EU countries decided to adopt one horizontal law;
  • some EU countries (Germany, France) implemented several acts.

See how all the EU countries transposed the Services Directive into their national legislation:

Transposition of the Directive at national level

  • Overview of all national provisions officially communicated by Member States on the implementation of the Services Directive.
  • Links to horizontal laws adopted by EU countries to transpose the Services Directive:
CountryLaw adoptedMore information
AustriaLaw implementing Services DirectiveWebsite
BelgiumLaw implementing the Services Directivepdf 
BulgariaLaw implementing the Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link  
CyprusLaw implementing Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link  
Czech RepublicLaw implementing Services Directive – see the unofficial translationpdf Choose translations of the previous link Website in CZE and in EN
DenmarkLaw implementing the Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link  – see the unofficial translation of lawpdfPress releasepdf
EstoniaLaw implementing Services Directive 
FinlandLaw implementing Services Directive 
France

No horizontal law adopted

 
GermanyNo horizontal law adopted 
GreeceLaw implementing Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link  
Hungary

Law implementing Services Directivepdf

Amendments to other related lawspdf

 
IrelandLaw implementing Services DirectivepdfWebsite
ItalyLaw implementing Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link Website
LatviaLaw implementing Services Directive 
LithuaniaLaw implementing Services Directive 
LuxembourgLaw implementing Services Directivepdf 
MaltaLaw implementing Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link  
PolandLaw implementing Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link  
PortugalLaw implementing Services Directivepdf 
RomaniaLaw implementing Services Directive – part 1pdf Choose translations of the previous link  and part 2pdf Choose translations of the previous link                 
SlovakiaLaw implementing Services Directive 
SloveniaLaw implementing Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link  
SpainLaw implementing Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Report on the Implementation of the Services Directive in Spainpdf Choose translations of the previous link Annexpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Website

Leafletpdf

SwedenLaw implementing Services Directive 
The Netherlands

Law implementing Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link , Orderpdf Choose translations of the previous link  and Decreepdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Order modifying existing regulationpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

Regulation on the implementation of points of single contact and the Commission Decision on IMIpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

 
United KingdomLaw implementing Services Directivepdf Choose translations of the previous link  

Infringement proceedings

24.06.2010  Commission transmits reasoned opinion to Member States who have not yet notified the adoption of all the regulatory changes required by the Directive (press release Choose translations of the previous link  )

Legislative history

See the history of the legislative process leading to the adoption of the Services Directive.

12.12.2006Directive 2006/123/EC - final text
15.11.2006European Parliament’s vote on the Services Directive
24.07.2006 Choose translations of the previous link Council position - Text of the common positionpdf
31.05.2006Council reaches political agreement Choose translations of the previous link 
04.04.2006Commission puts forward amended proposal - Press release, Choose translations of the previous link text of the amended proposal – COM(2006) 160 final
10.02.2005Opinion of the European and Social Committeepdf on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on services in the internal market.
22.10.2004pdfOpinion of the Committee of the Regionspdf Choose translations of the previous link  on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on services in the internal market.
31.07.2002The state of the Internal Market for Services
11.01.2001The Internal Market Strategy for Services: Commission launches new strategy to dismantle remaining barriers: Press release Choose translations of the previous link  and Frequently Asked Questions Choose translations of the previous link 

Evaluation of the implementation

Learn more about the evaluation of the implementation of the Services Directive by EU countries.