I feel this is important because as a member of the eu we are meant to be free to work through out Europe, thats what makes it what it is, yet the self employed of the uk are not equal in this ability. I feel this is easy to over look for a gov because as self employed we dont affect your unemployed stats, even though we may well be sat at home struggling to get by for long periods of time due too an unnecessary paperwork trail. If the dutch can sort it out in 24 hours, we should be able to as well!
At the beginning of 2010 I was offered a contract in Sweden running march until dec. but i required an E101 to take it, My application took 13 weeks to process! In this time the company took on someone from holland instead as they take less than 24 hours to do the same paper work! this would have been worth 6.5k a month to my company and so aprox 2k a month to the tax man. for 9 months, thats 18k lost to your Gov. because of this delay at hm customs and rev!
I would also like HM customs and Revenue to be treated the same way as any other business would be! we should be able to hold them accountable for there errors! They are lightning fast to strike down on any one who does wrong by them, yet we cant touch them when they cause us massive losses.