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Handbook of the Services Directive: the spokesperson kicks in

(B2) Asked by me about their “guide to the services directive”, the Commission spokesperson service was rather reluctant to respond. First of all, McCreevy's spokesperson dragged his feet (literally) to descend the stairs of the monumental amphitheater which serves as the press room within the Berlaymont. It was only after two “help” arm signals from the chief spokesperson that he deigned to come down.

Responding directly in English – which is unusual and shows a certain condescendence (a spokesperson responds in French or English depending on the language in which it is posed), his “lordship” above all sought to kick in and ridicule the importance of the subject. “This directive is old and I don’t remember everything,” he explains (audio recording). He considers that the services have strictly respected the will of the European Parliament and ends up denying any legal value to this document.

Finally, he referred the question of the translation of the document to the Publications Office.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).