EU Services Directive

EENI Business School & HA University


Syllabus of the Subject: Services Directive of the European Single Market (EU).

  1. Introduction to the Services Directive of the European Single Market
  2. Existence of barriers to trade in services in the European Union
  3. Simplification of administrative procedures for service providers
  4. Consumer Protection
  5. Implementation of the Services Directive
  6. Exceptions. Services of general economic interest
  7. European Small Claims Process
  8. Case study: The challenge of the Agreement of the Government of Aragon (Spain) on university education, which restricts competition at the University sector

The objectives of the subject “EU Services Directive” are the following:

  1. To understand the importance of the EU Services Directive in the Single Market
  2. To identify the barriers to trade in services in the EU
  3. To know how to take advantage of this Directive
The Subject (e-learning) “ EU Services Directive” is part of the following Higher Education Programs (Degrees, Masters, Doctorates) taught by EENI (Business School) and the Hispano-African University of International Business:
  1. Doctorate: Europe
  2. Online Masters: Europe, International Business, Foreign Trade
  3. Course: EU Single Market
  4. Bachelor's Degree in International Trade (e-learning)

E-learning Course, University  EENI (Business School)

Languages of study Higher Education in English or Tertiary Education in Spanish Directiva Servicios UE Post-secondary Education in French Directive services de l’UE Study in Portuguese Diretiva de serviços da UE.

Sample of the subject - EU Services Directive:
EU Services Directive

Description of the Subject - EU Services Directive (European Single Market):

The crucial EU Services Directive came into force on December 2006. All the EU member countries had to transpose it into their national law before 2009: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom (BREXIT), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden (Europe).

This EU Services Directive applies to all those services that are provided in return for an economic remuneration.

However, there are still many barriers to trade in services in the European Union.

The EU estimates that if this directive were fully implemented, the intra-EU trade in services could increase by 45% and Foreign direct investment (FDI) would increase by 25%. All this would imply an economic growth between 0.5 and 1.5% of the EU's GDP.

The EU Services Directive aims to remove all barriers to the free provision of services in the EU single market through the:

  1. Simplification of all administrative procedures related to companies providing services
  2. Protection of companies and consumers who benefit from these services
  3. Cooperation between the European Single Market Countries

The EU Services Directive requires to all member countries to repeal all discriminatory and restrictive requirements (such as economic needs tests related to the existence of a demand for services) of their legislation.

Towards the European Digital Single Market

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