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Tuesday, 18 January 2011 - Strasbourg OJ edition

Explanations of vote

  Maria do Céu Patrão Neves (PPE), in writing. (PT) I voted for this report because I believe that it is necessary to reduce the barriers that are preventing greater fluidity of trade in the construction industry. The construction industry has been particularly affected by the current economic situation, and the proposed regulation is intended to promote the free, effective and transparent movement of goods and services to the construction industry. The removal of obstacles to cross-border activity and the elimination of national administrative and technical barriers have a crucial role in the construction industry. In fact, in the construction industry, the Member States are hiding behind national technical standards in order to block the free circulation of goods and services. Given that the construction sector represents 10% of gross domestic product in the EU and is currently experiencing a period of severe recession, all measures that can be taken to help boost construction are welcome and will have my vote. Indeed, these measures will allow companies to stay in business and workers remain in employment.

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