Fabian Demicoli

GRTU calls for better single market integration of services and action on unfair trade


GRTU President Paul Abela and Director General Vincent
Farrugia have this morning participates at a MEUSAC Core Group meeting which
was addressed by the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Affairs
Tonio Borg.

In his intervention Mr Farrugia made reference to the
Commission Document on the State of Single Market Integration 2013 –
Contribution to the Annual Growth Survey 2013. He quoted saying that the degree
of integration of services in almost all the Member States was lower than that
of other sectors and that small economies were more open to such integration
when compares to larger economies.

Mr Farrugia also commented on the importance of
ensuring fair trade. We oppose unfair trading practices. The EU must balance
the need to protect fair trade conditions, if necessary through trade defence
instruments, with the needs of importers, retailers and consumers, all of whom
can suffer heavily from costly and unpredictable trade defence action. Europe
pays a high price for current antidumping, countervailing and safeguard measures.
Commissioner Borg approved of this argument but said that he felt we should
steer away of legislative measures and that the European Commission is
currently working on a Green Paper to address this specific issue.

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