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Bairbre de Brún set for intense day of opposition to EU Services Directive

14 February, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún will today be involved in an intense day of lobbying and negotiations regarding the EU Services Directive.

Ms de Brún will speak in a European Parliament debate later this afternoon where she will call on her fellow MEPs to reject the controversial directive which would see public services opened up to the mercy of private enterprise.

She will also be involved in meetings with John Monks of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and Irish trades unionists, including SIPTU.

At lunchtime the Sinn Féin MEP will participate in a mass demonstration to oppose the Services Directive in the French city of Strasbourg.

Speaking from Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:

"Today is an important opportunity to make our voices heard on the EU Services Directive before Thursday's vote in Parliament. I look forward to today's debate on the matter, where I will call for the rejection of the directive. It is also important to hear the voices of those who have come to Strasbourg to lobby us on this issue. It is Sinn Féin's long held view that this directive will have a profoundly negative impact on the lives of workers and the general public across the EU.

"If passed, it will lead to the commercialisation of almost all services within the EU. It will deprive millions of quality public services and will disproportionately affect women who represent both the majority of workers in the service sector and users of those services.

"Today's demonstration in Strasbourg regarding the Services Directive will be an indicator of the depth of opposition amongst many MEPs, trades unionists, NGO's and the general public.

"We will ensure that the European elites hear us loud and clear that our public services are not for sale." ENDS

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