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APSCo responds to Germanys support of EU opt-out plans

APSCo responds to Germany’s support of EU opt-out plans

According to recent speculation, Angela Merkel is privately prepared to back David Cameron’s demands for a return of powers from Brussels to Westminster as part of negotiations on the future of the European Union.

While Germany does not officially support re-opening negotiations over the controversial Working Time Directive, the signs are positive that Britain might still be able to secure either a partial or complete opt-out as the price for supporting further harmonisation of the Eurozone economies.

In response to the revelations, Samantha Hurley, Head of External Relations at The Association for Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) comments: “The fact that Cameron’s demand for automatic EU opt-out is likely to be backed by other European economies is welcome news for the UK staffing sector. There are huge advantages to a single European labour market and recruitment is increasingly an international business. That said, for too long, the professional recruitment industry has found itself caught in the crossfire of well-intentioned legislation originating in Brussels.”  

“APSCo has always supported legislation to protect the vulnerable whether it comes from the UK or from Europe, but the UK benefits from considerable flexibility in its professional labour market, and it is essential that we value and protect this.”


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