Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals
Yes. I wish to speak to the proposal which I believe infringes on the area of subsidiarity. It could allow the European Union to stray into areas such as social welfare and taxation which are competencies we need to maintain here. The issue of undeclared work is very important. However, it is probably best dealt with on a national basis, unless there are data and evidence that show there is a transnational element to it. Without that information which we do not yet have, we should engage in further scrutiny. Perhaps we might invite the Department in to explain its position.