Tuesday, 19 April 2005
European Council Meetings.
Pat Rabbitte (Dublin South West, Labour)
What is the position of the Government on the services directive? I have read that the Government took up a position of opposition to the French move to have serious changes wrought in the directive. Does the Taoiseach accept that in certain areas of services, the directive could have a serious impact on employment and on workers' conditions in Ireland if companies could perform to standards in their country of origin? The recent Gama case proves that. There is no reason that such a methodology might not be imported from the new accession countries. What is the current status of the directive? When does the Taoiseach think that the issue will re-emerge?