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Charlie McCreevy

European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services

Commissioner Charlie McCreevy’s Statement on the vote in the European Parliament on the Services Directive

European Parliament Plenary Session
Strasbourg, 16 February 2006

First of all, I would like to welcome the vote reached today in the European Parliament. I know that this has been the subject of a lively and vigorous debate and I very much appreciate the constructive work that has done by members of the European Parliament.

With the broad consensus reached on key aspects of this proposal the European Parliament has provided us with a solid basis for going forward. This represents a real advance, a step that no one would have believed possible just 12 months ago. I believe that today’s vote demonstrates that there is a willingness in Europe to pursue measures to deliver more jobs and growth.

I am convinced that we can have a workable services directive which will provide real value added. In all of this, the challenge is to get the balance right. We need a directive that will facilitate the cross-border provision of services and at the same time, we need to ensure that legitimate public policy considerations can be safeguarded. This is the balance we are all working for.

On the Commission side we will begin work on preparing a modified proposal based on the vote in the European Parliament. I look now to the Council of Ministers to complete the work which has been done by Parliament.

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