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Procedure : 2017/2073(INI)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : A8-0401/2017

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 18/01/2018 - 3
CRE 18/01/2018 - 3

Votes :

PV 18/01/2018 - 6.7

Texts adopted :


Thursday, 18 January 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

3. Implementation of the Professional Qualifications Directive and the need for reform in professional services (debate)
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  Daniel Dalton (ECR ). – Madam President, I too would like to thank Mr Danti for his report because it is clear we need more political commitment to remove barriers to services. This Parliament has said that repeatedly, including in the report I did on non-tariff barriers in 2016. We often hear that restriction is essential, but what that really means is we want to stop other Europeans from offering services. It is discriminatory and it is against the principles of the treaties.

Mutual recognition is at the heart of many aspects of the single market: it is what makes the single market unique. Yet it is under threat more than anywhere in professional services. From hairdressers to ski instructors, we’re all aware of, frankly, ridiculous examples of protectionism that are dressed up as protecting the public. They do no such thing. Consumers pay more and get worse services, Europeans are denied employment opportunities, new businesses never develop, and as a continent we struggle to innovate. We need more honest effort to reduce barriers in professional services which are the biggest global growth area, and we need to stop discriminating against EU citizens.

Now the UK may not be part of this in the future, but Europe still needs a true internal market in services to thrive.


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