The Services Directive-this is directive 2006/123/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 December 2006 on services in the internal market. The aim of the directive is to strengthen the European internal market. In particular, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should be more easily able to grow beyond their national borders. This applies to all commercial, commercial, handicraft and freelance activities. Exceptions are among other activities in the areas of finance, health, transport, temporary agency work and private security services.
Article 6 of the Directive obliges Member States to ensure that service providers are able to handle all procedures and formalities necessary for the recording and the performance of their services through ' single points of contact '.