Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Bairbre de Brún challenges Charlie McCreevy on EU Services Directive

23 February, 2006


Speaking at the National Forum on Europe in Dublin Castle this morning, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún asked the following question of EU Commissioner for the Internal Market Charlie McCreevy:

Ms de Brún said:

"An bhfuil a fhios agat, a Choimisinéir gur ábhar mór imni an rún a ritheadh i bParlaimint na hEorpa an tseachtain seo a chuaigh thart faoi Treoir Eorpach na Seirbhíse? Cearta oibrithe agus caighdeáin seirbhísí a bhéas thíos leis dá bharr.

"Bhí na heochairchodannna den rún mealltach. Tá ainm nua ar Phrionsabal na Tíre dúchasaí ach go bunúsach is é an rud céanna é - rud a ligean do chomhlachtaí daoine a fhostú faoi choinníollacha oibre na tíre ina mbíonn an comhlacht bunaithe nó cláraithe chan coinníollacha oibre na tíre ina mbíonn na daoine sin ag obair.

"In light of the European Parliament vote at first reading of the highly controversial Services Directive, could the Commissioner confirm the European Commission view that the Services Directive will be interpreted by the European Court of Justice in accordance with existing case law and that the Directive as passed by the EP last week will be interpreted in accordance with the Country of Origin principle?

"And could you further confirm that the only way that the directive would be interpreted otherwise would be through a clear reference to the country of destination?

"Is the Commissioner aware of the deep-seated opposition in Ireland and across Europe to the Services Directive?

"Could the Commissioner comment on the competitive challenge facing small and medium sized enterprises from those who establish themselves in countries with weaker employment standards, and in particular the unfair competition they will face from those companies who use what are called "self-employed" workers in order to get around any obligation to observe Irish employment law?

"And finally, the Commissioner stated his view here this morning that people were not ready 'as yet' for highly sensitive sectors such as health to be included in the Services Directive. Can he comment on what sectors are or are not included, in his view, and on the fact that some aspects of health are included at present. Can he tell us if it is his intention to move in time to include the whole of the health sector?" Ends

Connect with Sinn Féin