Saturday 1 November 2008

Sweden: EU Services Directive

The Swedish Government has published a hefty memorandum (consultation paper) on the EU Services Directive, officially Directive 2006/123/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on services in the internal market, OJ 27.12.2006 L 376/36.
The 630 page publication called Genomförande av tjänstedirektivet, Ds 2008:75, contains both reasons and the planned legislation, and it is available at:

There is an English summary from page 26 to page 41.

A large number of authorities and organisations are consulted, and they have until 15 January 2009 to present their views. The Government’s transposition bill is planned for May 2009, and the amended legislation is intended to enter into force 28 December 2009.


Preparatory legislative documents in Sweden (memorandums and government bills) are traditionally thorough and, especially before the publication of new legal books on a subject, they are invaluable resources for researchers, students and practitioners.

Ralf Grahn

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