Administrative Cooperation

Administrative Cooperation in Europe

The rationale of administrative cooperation in relation to the E.U. Services Directive

The following is an examination of the rationale of administrative cooperation regarding the European Union Servicies Directive [1]:

The rationale of administrative cooperation: Administrative Cooperation

Administrative cooperation between Member States is essential to make the Internal Market in services work properly. As was highlighted in the report of the Commission on “The State of the Internal Market for Services”158 , lack of trust and confidence in the legal framework and in supervision in other Member States has resulted in a multiplication of rules and duplication of controls for cross-border activities, which is one of the main reasons why the Internal Market in services has not functioned well to this date. The rules on administrative cooperation in the Services Directive address these difficulties and establish the basis for efficient cooperation between Member States' authorities. The cooperation between the competent authorities should ensure effective supervision of service providers, based on accurate and complete information, making it more difficult for rogue traders to avoid supervision or to circumvent applicable national rules. At the same time, administrative cooperation should help avoid multiplication of controls on service providers.

Implementing the obligations in the Directive concerning administrative cooperation will require putting in place the necessary legal and administrative arrangements. Member States will have to make sure that their competent authorities involved in the day-to-day administrative cooperation with the competent authorities of other Member States are legally bound by and effectively comply with the obligations of mutual assistance. They will also have to ensure that providers established in their territory supply their competent authorities with all information necessary for supervision of compliance with their national legislation in the event of a request from a competent authority. In some Member States this may require laying down these obligations by law.

Administrative Cooperation in relation to the E.U. Services Directive

The following reviews some of the entries in this European legal encyclopedia about administrative cooperation regarding the European Union Servicies Directive:

  • the rationale of administrative cooperation
  • Basic features
  • Exchange of information
  • Mutual assistance in case of cross-border service provision
  • Alert mechanism

Resources

Notes

  1. Information on the rationale of administrative cooperation based on the EU Services Directive Handbook, UK Government

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