SARAJEVO, November 26 (FENA) – Experts from European Union countries presented EU Directive on services in the internal market which Bosnia and Herzegovina should soon adopt, to the representatives of BiH’s relevant institutions.
“Given its importance, we need to first educate and animate all relevant institutions regarding the transposition of the 2006 EU Directive. It refers to developments in the internal market. In any case, laws must be amended and aligned with EU legislation,” said Assistant of the FBiH Minister of Energy, Mining and Industry Marinko Bošnjak for FENA.
The full implementation of the EU Directive on services should eliminate redundant bureaucracy and simplify the establishment of service providers in BiH and abroad.
It should also simplify cross-border provision of services to other EU countries, strengthen the rights of recipients of services, especially consumers, and provide easier access to a wide range of services.
“The first step would be to determine what methods of jurisdiction are subject to the EU Directive on services. This means that not everything in BiH has to change, but a certain set of rules that are essential for services. First of all, an analysis needs to be done to see what regulations and laws apply to services,” Uwe Michael Neumann, Policy Advisor, Federal Council Affairs, State Chancellery of the Federal State of Brandenburg told FENA.
Services are crucial for the European Union economy. It accounts for more than 70 percent of EU GDP and an equal share of its employment. This is why the European Commission wants to remove obstacles for companies that want to offer cross-border services and make their business easier.
“This Directive will help Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve compatibility with EU legislation in order to have a closer relation to the internal market. In this way, it would be easier for foreigners to come to BiH and also, depending on the legislation, continue to deliver services from BiH to EU countries in the future. That’s the idea behind this,” Neumann explained.
Talking about the type of service, he says it’s not about the physical product, but let’s say giving service advice.
Some of the services covered by the Directive are: accommodation and food, training and education, rental and leasing services, including car rental, as well as real estate, information society services, such as print and web publishing, news agencies, programming.
In addition to this, representatives of the relevant institutions had the opportunity to hear experiences from Germany and Latvia in implementing the EU Directive on services into state legislation.