Services E-Card: Improvement of Single Market risks being blocked tomorrow
A proposal to introduce a much needed tool to make it easier for companies to provide their services in other Member States could be rejected by MEPs in the European Parliament’s internal market committee tomorrow.
Under the draft laws, companies wishing to provide their services in another EU country would be able to complete administrative formalities in their own country and language before it is transmitted by authorities to the host member state. While companies will still need to adhere to local laws, such as labour rules, the e-card aims to reduce much of the bureaucracy that comes with offering services in another Member State.
Parliament has two rapporteurs on the proposals, Morten Lokkegaard from ALDE and internal market committee chair Anneleen Van Bossuyt from the ECR Group. Both support the proposals, which are also backed businesses and in particular SMEs, and are now calling on other members of the committee to support them when they are put to the vote on Wednesday morning.
ALDE Member Morten Løkkegaard, and co-rapporteur on this file said:
"I very much hope that the other groups of this Parliament will support the strengthening of the Single Market tomorrow. Businesses – especially the small ones – are desperately looking for simplifications and to make full use of Europe´s Single Market, which is the backbone of Europe; it would be highly risky to block such an improvement."
"Today the administrative procedures for cross-border service provision are timely and costly. Some companies need to wait for 6 to 18 months before authorities deal with their application. This bureaucracy discourages businesses from going cross-border and is bad for consumers.”
“The prior checks provided by the home Member State do not exist today and should now make it more difficult for shell companies to expand cross-border. Additionally, labour inspectorates will be able to make use of the information contained in the e-card in the course of their inspection activities."
The E-card would not affect existing employer obligations or workers' rights and services providers will simply have to liaise with a single interlocutor in their home country and in their own language.