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European Commission - Press release

Services Directive: Commission closes infringement proceedings against Greece – all Member States have now officially transposed the Directive

Brussels, 31 May 2012 – The European Commission has decided to terminate the infringement proceedings against Greece for failing to fully transpose the Services Directive (2006/123/EC). Greece has notified the Commission of the adoption of all necessary measures to transpose the Directive in full. However, the Commission will check that the legislation actually is implemented and reserves the right to open infringement proceedings should it not be applied correctly.

On 27 October 2011, the Commission decided to refer Germany, Austria and Greece to the Court of Justice for failing to fully transpose the Directive and asked the Court to impose penalty payments on these three Member States (IP/11/1283). Germany and Austria notified the Commission of the adoption of their final transposition measures in January and April 2012 respectively. The proceedings against these two Member States were therefore closed on 26 January and 26 April. With the adoption of the final transposition measures by Greece, all the Member States have now formally transposed the Services Directive adopted on 12 December 2006, for which the implementation deadline had expired on 28 December 2009.

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What is the aim of the EU rules in question?

The Services Directive aims to improve the functioning of the Single Market for services, which is currently the EU’s main source of growth and job creation. The Directive requires EU countries to remove unjustified or disproportionate legal and administrative barriers to the setting-up of businesses and the provision of cross-border services in the EU. It also aims to dismantle unwarranted barriers affecting service recipients (whether consumers or businesses) wanting to have access to services from other Member States. Proper implementation of the Directive will contribute to making freedom of establishment and the free provision of services a practical reality for European businesses and consumers to the benefit of growth and employment.

Further information

Services Directive

The most up-to-date information on infringement proceedings concerning all Member States:

For more information on EU infringement procedures, see MEMO/12/387

Contacts :

Stefaan De Rynck (+32 2 296 34 21)

Carmel Dunne (+32 2 299 88 94)

Audrey Augier (+32 2 297 16 07)

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