Can’t say that I had a soft Monday. Started the morning at a Eurochambres event which dealt with the implementation of the legendary services directive.

Eurochambres is doing a great job in that they are publishing biannual reports on how the member states are dealing with the three year implementation phase. We are now one year into the process.

You can find the results of their second report here. The conclusion of the report portrays a mixed picture of the performance of the member states. Implementation has started in all the member states and there is clear improvement from last summer.

The usual suspects, such as Denmark, the UK, Hungary, Latvia and Finland are leading the pack, i.e. they have advanced in the implementation.

The study also shows that there is a lot of work to be done, not least in two fields: the establishment of Single Points of Contactand screening the current legislation.

In my intervention I praised the study and called for the next one to go one step further: i.e. I called for some good old ”naming and shaming”. A bit of naming and shaming is a great way of waking up a lazay national administration.

I also recalled the nationalistic, protectionistic and border line xenophobic debate that that surrounded the services directive, Polish plumbers and all…

As legislators we often forget that the ”real work” starts after the decision has been taken. Implementation is key. That is why I welcome the Eurochambres study. The more pressure, the better.


Talking at the Eurochambres event this morning.

After the Eurochambers debate I went back to the office to discuss my report on lobbying. My working document will be discussed in the Constitutional Committee on Thursday.

I also met Commissioner Jan Spidla, former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. We had a meeting on questions relating to budgetary control.

After lunch with an editiorial writer from Helsingin Sanomat (the main daily in Finland) it was off to my annual ”The State of the European Union” lecture for the HEC European Executive Campus, a prominent international Paris-based think tank.

I had the honour of making the opening speech to some 500 international executives. It was the fifth time I spoke to the the Executive Campus. Always a great pleasure. Nicolas Jabko, Phililippe Corruble and Jean-Marc DeLeersnyder seem to be able to gather a top group year after year.

After the lecture I popped into the Committee on Budgetary Control, otherwise known as CoCoBu. We were warming up for tomorrow’s big day when Commissioner Siim Kallas will be with us in the Committee. Looking forward to it.