New lease of life for EU services directive

Parliament's internal market committee votes through hotly disputed liberalisation measure

The European parliament's internal market committee backed liberalisation of the EU market in services on Tuesday, rekindling life in a controversial directive that some critics argue will undermine environmental standards.

Parliament's socialist rapporteur on the legislation proposed a raft of changes to the European commission's proposal, many aimed at preventing any undercutting of social, labour or environmental standards (EED 19/04/05).

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