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European Commission decision on Dell a disgrace – Ó Caoláin

23 September, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caolain has described the decision by the European Commission to clear the Polish Government’s €54.5 million aid package to Dell as “a disgrace.”

The Cavan-Monaghan TD said:

“The European Commission in announcing this decision today said that the Polish Government’s aid package to Dell was acceptable as it ‘aided regional development and job creation in a disadvantaged area.’

“Earlier this year Dell announced that they were relocating the European centre of operations from Ireland to Poland with the loss of 1,900 jobs from their plant in Limerick.

“Taking much needed jobs from one of the most economically deprived regions of one member state and allowing them to be relocated in an equally deprived region of another member state simply defies logic.

“This is yet another decision by the European Commission that is being taken to facilitate big business to the detriment of ordinary working families in Ireland. It is an example of the race-to-the bottom in action.

“This decision will be greeted with outrage in Limerick and across Ireland. It is another example of the folly of EU policy which prevents Governments from investing in State enterprises to secure jobs but which allows massive subsidies to multinational corporations which abandon workers in one country in order to make greater profits from lower paid workers in another.

“The Irish Government needs to explain how giving additional powers to the European Commission on a wide range of economic policy areas, as envisioned by the Lisbon Treaty, will assist economic recovery and job creation when the European Commission makes decisions such as this.” ENDS

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