Thursday, February 16, 2006

Having problems finding a plumber? Well those kindly souls over in Brussels are trying to save you from your misery with the Services Directive, allowing the Daily Mail the joy of umpteen thousand headlines about German Garbage collectors stealing our wastepaper, unions and the like to moan about how the increased competition will drive down prices (like that's a bad thing?) and the wonderous workers of Whitehall to - as they do with every EU directive, a prime cause of anti-EU grumblings - implement the thing so bloody enthusiastically that it'll doubtless become law to have at least one hairdresser of Slavic descent in every salon in the land.

It's naturally all a lot more complicated than that and I'm merely being facetious as I'm still enraged by the Westminster votes of the last few days, so check out EUPolitix's handy guide so you can pretend to be all knowledgable when the result of the EU Parliament's vote comes through later today.

Update (11:45am): They've passed it.

1 Comments:

Blogger eulogist said...

Update (11:45am): They've passed it.

No they haven't, unfortunately. Socialists, corporatists and nationalists teamed up to strip the directive of its core, the so-called 'country of origin' principle. Which means that service-providing SME's who want to work in other EU states will still have to comply with 25 different sets of rules.

In short, bugger all changes for a sector that now comprises 70% of the economy... :-(

2/16/2006 01:08:00 pm  

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