EU Update. Dr Leonard Mizzi Director General Malta Business Bureau Brussels. WHAT IS THE MALTA BUSINESS BUREAU?. INITIALLY OFFICE OF MALTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND ENTEPRISE AND MALTA FEDERATION OF INDUSTRY IN BRUSSELS SET UP IN OCTOBER 1996
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Dr Leonard Mizzi
Malta Business Bureau
Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, Other Balkan countries, Ukraine?
France Netherlands Austria Sweden
Germany and UK
ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT:
The Parliament's temporary committee on the financial perspective adopted its report on 11 May 2005 insisting that spending over the next financial perspective should be limited to 1.07% of EU gross national income.
79 per cent
17 per cent
4 per cent
less money for LISBON AGENDA
UK does not benefit from CAP – compared to France and Germany – and Regional Funds;
This would make it easier for businesses to provide and use cross-border services in the EU, thus increasing cross-border competition in service markets, bringing down prices and improving quality and choice for consumers.
The Directive will also strengthen the rights of users of services, for instance by enshrining the right of non-discrimination.
The Directive foresees a general derogation from the COO principle for all matters covered by the posting of workers directive. The host country is in charge of controlling compliance with the posting of workers directive.
Need for clear definition of notion of establishment to avoid « shell companies » or « mail box firms »
The proposed directive already provides in derogations from the COO principle for a range of safeguards regarding public order, public safety or public health
The Directive merely intends to facilitate and simplify the development of service activities in those areas which are already open to competition. It is up to MS to decide the areas which would/would not be open to competition
National penal laws always prevail. Problem relates to contract law.
It excludes regulated professions covered by mutual recognition of qualifications.
It is the responsibility of Member States to decide whether private operators may provide services funded by the social security system.
The proposed directive should ensure compatibility with Regulation 1408/71 on co-ordination of social security systems
Need for adequate supervision; Sector-specific harmonisation risks taking too much time – we are not dealing with goods but with services.
It applied for Free Movement of Goods for a long time plus
It has been adopted for:
It is important to distinguish between:
COMMISSION HAS NO INTENTION TO WITHDRAW PROPOSAL
CURRENTLY AT EP – major changes expected to COO and sectors excluded
March Competitiveness Council - The Presidency welcomed the clear statement that no new proposal would be presented by the Commission. They endorsed the suggestion that health and social services of general interest be excluded from the proposal. They agreed that the current text needed to be modified if it was to be adopted.
Need for a constructive debate – very difficult post Referendum result in France
Risk for renewed Lisbon strategy and lack of completion of Internal Market
? Romania and Bulgaria – despite them having signed Accession Treaty
? Turkey – Opening of accession negotiations in early October
? Croatia and the Balkans
ARE THE CHAMBERS ENGAGED IN THE DEBATE AT A NATIONAL/REGIONAL LEVEL?
WHAT FORM OF LINKS EXIST WITH ENTERPRISES ON MAJOR DOSSIERS? REACH /SERVICES/CLIMATE CHANGE/CONSTITUTION/BETTER REGULATION/WTO
LINKS with EUROCHAMBRES IN EU POLICY ELABORATION
How do you perceive EU enlargement?
Positive, Negative, Neutral, Still too early to say?
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