The directive on services in the Internal Market was designed to promote competitiveness, growth and employment in line with the Lisbon Strategy. It has, at the same time, triggered an intensive debate on the form to be taken by the freedom to provide services. The effects of the Directive on national labour markets, social conditions and consumer protection requirements remain a highly controversial issue.
Other relevant EESC opinions and studies:
- INT/815 - Services Package
- Pilot study on the workings of the Services Directive in the construction sector: the civil society perspective
For more information please contact the INT Section Secretariat.