Volume XV, 4-2016
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Services Passport Must Lead To True Simplification

Services Passport Must Lead To True Simplification

The growth potential of cross-border provision of services in the EU is huge, but there are significant obstacles that prevent it. Therefore, the European Commission wants to create a new instrument – the so-called services passport that should help services providers go cross-border and reduce unnecessary burden.

The services passport was discussed by representatives of EU institutions, permanent representations and business organizations on 19th April in Brussels. According to Jürgen Tiedje, Head of the Service Policy for Consumers Unit at DG GROW of the European Commission, service providers that want to go cross- border still face significant barriers, including complex and costly administrative procedures. ́The services passport should be a single electronic procedure involving the service provider and the authorities of the home and host member states. The idea is that the service provider would have a single interlocutor in the home country, who in turn communicates with the host country. Documents should be submitted only once ́, he explained. Business representatives agreed that the services passport must lead to regulatory simplification and streamlining. They reminded that bilateral services passports are already in place and some of them make things even more complicated. Jan Havlík, Director of European Affairs and Internal Market Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic said that we need instruments like services passport » read more «

Czech Businesses Suport TTIP

On the 2nd of May, Greenpeace Netherlands released leaked documents from Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the EU and US. According to Greenpeace, the documents prove that TTIP will jeopardize European citizens by transferring power from people to big businesses, lowering European standards related to environment and food safety and will make it harder to implement climate actions by the EU. However, Czech business organizations believe that this is not the case.

As the Europeans Commission continues to underline, the final deal won’t do anything like that. The aim is to lower or remove current tariffs, improve recognition of certifications and technical standards and improve access to procurements on both sides of the Atlantic. The released documents do not show the final text of TTIP, but only internal negotiating positions. By making them public, interests of the negotiators are harmed as it significantly lowers space for manoeuvre in the » read more «

MEPs Must Defend National Interests Despite Their Fractions

Revision of Posting of Workers Directive that is based on the principle of the same wage for the same work will divide the EU, distort the unity of EU member states and increase legal uncertainty for companies. The European Commission can’t interfere with competences of EU member states and adopt decisions that don’t respect proportionality and reciprocity principles.

Eleven “yellow cards” sent to the Commission from national Parliaments are a significant signal that the proposal is in » read more «

EESC CORNER: Revision of Posting of Workers Directive Will Divide Europe

At the beginning of March 2016, after long months of political hesitations, the European Commission published its proposal of Posting of Workers Directive (96/71/EC) that will once again and for a long time divide Europe, increase costs and legal uncertainty of posting companies, especially from Central and Eastern Europe, distort the internal market, limit provision of cross-border services and distort healthy competition.

Main points of the revision include limiting the period of posting to 24 months, supplementing the minimum wage provision of remuneration needed for an adequate social protection, » read more «