The Service Directive (2006/123/EG) of the European Parliament and Council came into force on 28.12.2006. The Directive is to be implemented by 28 December 2009. The purpose of this Directive is to remove international obstacles and promote the cross-border provision of services. In order to be able to start providing a service, it should be possible in future for the service provider to handle all the necessary procedures and formalities via one competent authority (single point of contact).
More detailed information on the EU Service Directive