On 15 July 2016, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway submitted a joint comment on the European Commission’s forthcoming proposal to introduce a services passport.
In their comment, the EEA EFTA States support the idea of introducing a Services Passport as a useful tool for service providers in demonstrating their compliance with administrative and regulatory requirements when providing their services in other EEA States. The Services Passport should be fully electronic, voluntary, and based on existing tools such as the Internal Market Information System. As a starting point the EEA EFTA States consider it appropriate to implement this new measure only in the construction sector and key business services sectors. Further extensions to other services sectors should be assessed in close cooperation with the EEA States and stakeholders.
The EEA EFTA States highlight the positive effects that the introduction of a Services Passport may have on the Single Market for Services. Through improved transparency and more accessible information about the requirements in both the home and host states, the Services Passport may contribute to building trust between authorities in the EEA States.
The Services Passport is one of the initiatives referred to in the Single Market Strategy for goods and services adopted by the European Commission on 28 October 2015. A public consultation on the Services Passport will run until 26 July 2016.
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