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Regulating Services in the European Union

Vassilis Hatzopoulos


Across the EU services are the cornerstone of the modern economy, accounting for over 70% of national GDPs and over 90% of new jobs created. Fostering trade in services has, accordingly, become central to the EU's vision for developing the internal market. Yet regulating services and their international trade is notoriously complex, and controversial. For years the EU's efforts were limited to sector-specific regulation in key areas, until the adoption of the general Services Directive in 2006. Since then, confronted by the limited success of traditional legal intervention, the EU's attentions ... More

Keywords: EU, services, trade in services, internal market, regulating services, international trade, Services Directive, common standards, private regulation, self-regulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199572663
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vassilis Hatzopoulos, author
Associate Professor of European Law and Policy at the Democritus University of Thrace