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MEPs TIGHTEN UP OVERSEAS FIRM PROPOSALS

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The European Parliament has removed social services and health from a directive that would allow freer movement of ...
The European Parliament has removed social services and health from a directive that would allow freer movement of contractors between states.

This followed lobbying from the Local Government International Bureau on the proposed services directive.

MEPs also struck out a provision that would have allowed contractors working in another member state to adhere to the standards that prevailed in their own country.

There were fears this would have undermined employment and environmental standards.

The directive now allows foreign firms to be barred from contracts on grounds of public policy, public security, environmental protection and public health. It also no longer affects labour laws.

LGIB policy officer Dominic Rowles said: 'This version is better because it has shifted priority to standards of public services rather than opening them to competition.'

The directive needs approval from member states and is unlikely to take effect before 2010.

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