The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has recently published the draft Services Regulations (the Regulations) which implement the Services Directive (2006/123/EC) in the UK.
The Regulations are aimed at reducing and simplifying administrative provisions in Member States in order to facilitate greater provision of cross-border services within the EU, which should be of benefit to UK businesses who want to enter the EU market. Whilst the majority of obligations within the Regulations fall on regulatory and state bodies there are a number of obligations which apply directly to businesses supplying services within the UK.
The deadline for implementation of the Directive throughout the Member States is 27 December 2009. BERR is inviting interested parties to comment on the Regulations, which must be submitted by 9 July 2009.