Chapter 6: Assessment of the regime established by the Services Directive and suggestions for reform
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The Chapter provides an overall evaluation of the Services Directive, drawing on the regulatory, constitutional and policy dimensions considered in the preceding chapters, and advances certain suggestions for reform of the governing regime. The Chapter considers the directive by reference to several evaluative parameters, including taking into account economic evaluations of the directive. Key exploration points include analysis of residual national regulatory autonomy within the directive, as well as a focus on the protection of general interests including consumer protection. The Chapter also explores the import of the Services Directive for the relationship between the fundamental freedoms. In appraising the Services Directive, the Chapter explores the suitability of the directive in governing the modern economy. More broadly, the Chapter reflects on the challenges of positive harmonisation, exploring varying regulatory techniques and enforcement compliance mechanisms.

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