Should Cross-Border Services Between Austria And Slovenia Still Be Restricted? An Economic Assessment Of The Existing Market Regulations

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Executive Summary

In 2004 the Republic of Slovenia entered the European Union and, as a matter of principle, was guaranteed the four freedoms (free trans-national mobility of goods, services, capital and labour). From an economic viewpoint, this guarantee should provide the required institutional framework to maximise social benefits within the internal market. However, with respect to cross-border services a set of temporary regulations exists, all of which initially for two years and subsequently for further three years were implemented to restrict the free movement of services partially in order to protect Austrian regions against labour market disadvantages.

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