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Directive 93/34/EC : an instrument of co-operation between institutions and enterprises to ensure the smooth functioning of the Internal Market
A guide to the procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations and of rules on Information Society services

This booklet is intended as a guide to the system set up to prevent barriers to the free movement of products as well as the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services as far as Information Society services are concerned. The booklet provides a commentary on Directive 98/34/EC, the legislation adopted to implement this mechanism. It covers the amendments subsequently introduced on 20 July 1998 by Directive 98/48/EC which brought about an important change to the procedure by extending it to rules on Information Society services. Each of the Directive’s provisions is quoted in full and accompanied by a detailed commentary explaining its meaning and its implications for all interested parties: Member States, national and European standardisation bodies and, last but not least, present or potential economic operators within the European Union.