Services e-card for breakfast
at the European Parliament
Early this morning, at the European Parliament, a breakfast discussion took place on the services e-card. The event was coorganised by EFIP, the European Forum of Independent Professionals, EBSA, the European Business Services Alliance, and sponsored by Mr. Morten Lokkegaard, a liberal Danish MEP. The numerous representatives of independant intellectual professions enthusiastically praised and congratulated the European Commission for its good work, whereas FIEC was one of the few voices who raised some warnings about this legislative proposal and its concrete implementation.
FIEC referred to the joint statements of the Construction Sector Social Partners FIEC and EFBWW who are opposed to the introduction of this e-card in their sector, following a thorough consultation of their members. It seems that the European Commission has decided to go ahead, despite this unambiguous position of the construction sector's Social Partners, and gives preference to some anecdotal evidence gathered from participants in meetings and a consultation. In the breakfast meeting, FIEC also pointed out a number of technical aspects which would have to be clarified, in any case. As usual, the devil lies in the detail!
In order to receive the necessary clarifcation on a certain number of questions and potential problems, prior to preparing a more detailed position with their respective members, FIEC and EFBWW requested a meeting with the new DG GROW team dealing with this issue since the beginning of the year and look forward to having constructive discussions with the Commission services.