Speaking to the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group of the European Parliament Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), Philippe Arraou, the president of the European Tax Adviser Federation (ETAF) and former president of the French Institute of accountants, expressed some concerns regarding the European Commission’s proposal to introduce a European Services e-Card.

The European Services e-card is a simplified electronic procedure which aims to make it easier for the providers of business and construction services to complete the administrative formalities required to provide services abroad.

This proposal is one of four measures proposed by the European Commission earlier this year to strengthen the single market by facilitating trade across the different countries.

Arraou said that while ETAF members are supporting a deepening of the single market and favouring the cross-border provision of business services which are the core objective of the package of measures proposed by the Commission, some concerns remain.

Namely, he said the deadline for a host member state to review an application for both temporary cross-border services and permanent establishment was too short. This, he argued, could lead to a risk of having member states accepting service providers who do not fulfil the professional qualifications once the deadline has passed.