Volume IX, 1-2010
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Services Directive's implementation still very poor in 8 Member States!

Services Directive's implementation still very poor in 8 Member States!

From left: Milena Vicenová, Czech Permanent Representative to the EU, Jana Reinišová, Deputy Permanent Representative and Martin Tlapa, Czech Deputy Ministry of Trade and Industry discuss the PSCs on 4th February, 2010

By the end of 2009, Member States had to fully implement the Services Directive aiming to boost cross-border trade in the services sector, accounting for around 70% of EU GDP. Points of Single Contact (PSCs) have been designed to help businesses trading abroad to cope with administrative procedures and requirements, in a simplified way.

Many challenges such as delays in legal procedure (screening not completed, laws not adopted for legal or political reasons), operability of PSCs and their interconnection, non-completion of formalities, language barriers and insufficient awareness raising persist in numerous Member States. The Services Directive requires all Member States to lift legal and administrative barriers to the establishment and provision of services from abroad. According to a EUROCHAMBRES survey only 9 Member States out of 27 have implemented the directive well, 9 moderately and 8 poorly. The Czech Republic was rated as one of the 9 good ones as it finished the transposition and set up the PSCs before the deadline.

Czech PSCs are based on a well established infrastructure of 15 Trade Licence Offices in the regions and on a no. 1 business portal www.businessinfo.cz. The biggest challenge of the system will be the updating of information and keeping qualified staff. Czech business community is happy with the implementation of the Services Directive but the whole system can be efficient only if other Member States take the implementation as » read more «

LATE PAYMENTS: Equal treatment between public authorities and undertakings is inacceptable!

European Parliament IMCO rapporteur Barbara WEILER has recently introduces a report on the Commission´s proposal to revise the Late Payment Directive. Voting in the IMCO Committee will take place on 8th April 2010 and during the May plenary. CEBRE has examined thoroughly WEILER´s report and welcomes the inclusion of positive incentives to combat late payments, such as the use of professional publications, promotional campaigns as well as the establishment of prompt payment codes and the 60-days maximum cap for public authorities.

However, the report includes some elements we cannot fully support. Czech businesses do not accept the equal treatment of undertakings and public authorities. Public authorities do not have the same financial constraints as private undertakings, normally enjoying more stable cash-flow conditions and easier access to finance. Therefore, stricter sanctions, as proposed by the Commission, should only apply to public authorities and not » read more «

EU 2020: Czech Businesses call for...

According to Czech government, main priorities of the new Growth and Jobs Strategy should remain because broadening of the content could lead to the worsened governance and communicability of the Strategy. Structural reforms and adherence to the Stability and Growth Pact are necessary to achieve these goals.

Key factors to be taken into account are: ageing population, insufficient labour productivity and growth of global competition, market of high value-added goods and services and » read more «

ENERGIZING EUROPE: Green to electric cars

Cez Group In the times of economic slowdown, electrification of transport can be a challenge and interesting opportunity for industry, technology and environment as well as an impulse for creation of new jobs.

The European Commission is preparing binding guidelines for standardisation of electric cars and all actors involved should consider adopting common standards as soon as possible. Otherwise, industry will have to invest much more later to harmonise different technologies with common European norms. For example, at present there are about 90 different types of charging stations. Should » read more «