Services notifications and stakeholder comments

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Dear Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting documents which contain the following information:

- all information published on the Commission's website about incoming notifications regarding services
- all comments provided to the Commission by stakeholders concerning incoming notifications regarding services

The background for this request is as follows: in the notes from the Commission's meeting with EuroCommerce in November 2019, DG GROW mentions that it "informed EuroCommerce that the Commission during the summer had decided to publish information on all incoming notifications on its webpage. Stakeholders are invited to provide comments to the Commission if they wish to do so (as is the case already for notifications in the area of goods for a long time)."

Source: "EuroCommerce Internal Market Committee - Exchange of Views 13/11 - REPORT", released under FOI

The publishing of notifications by public authorities of new rules and regulations regarding services and the idea of inviting stakeholders to comment was one of the central components of the proposed services notification directive. It appears that the Commission is now unilaterally implementing this, without the services notification directive being agreed. There does not seem to have been any public announcement of this new approach (except for a brief, unspecific mention in the Single Market Enforcement Action Plan last month). This means public scrutiny of the new approach is currently impossible. There is therefore a clear public interest in releasing the requested documents.

Yours faithfully,

Olivier Hoedeman
on behalf of Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)
Rue d'Edimbourg 26,
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 (0)2 893 0930
Mobile: +32 474 486545
EU Transparency Register ID Number: 5353162366-85

Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

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Dear Mr Hoedeman,


Thank you for your e-mail of 03/04/2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt of
your application for access to documents, which was registered on
03/04/2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/1908.


In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to
European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, your application
will be handled within 15 working days. The time limit will expire on
29/04/2020. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be
informed in due course.


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Yours faithfully,


DG GROW – Access to documents team

European Commission
Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and
DG GROW/01 – Coordination and Planning


ve_grow.e.1(GROW), Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

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Please find attached document Ares(2020)2245669 from EHRENSTEIN Henning (GROW.DDG2.E.1) dated 27/04/2020.

Please be informed, that due to the present circumstances we are not sending paper versions of the documents via post.