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What is the Services Directive?


The Services Directive (the “Directive”) is a piece of EU legislation which sets out how the internal market in those services– which includes architecture – should operate. The aim of the Directive is to enhance the free movement of services across the European Union; and to promote the high quality of services within the EU and enhance information and transparency relating to service providers and their services.  As a result, each member state is required to set up a portal known as the Point of Single Contact, and in the UK this is

The Directive was implemented into UK law by the Provision of Services Regulations 2009 (the “Regulations”) on 28 December 2009. Further detailed information on the Directive and Regulations can be found on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills website.

For those wishing to practice in Europe, further information can be found at the European Commission’s Point of Single Contact (EUGO).

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