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Euro rules 'will not dilute safety'


THE CONSTRUCTION Confederation has received reassurances from the Department for Trade and Industry over a controversial new European directive threatening to dilute safety standards.

The Confederation was concerned over the potential impact of the European Commission's directive on internal market services, which aimed to make it easier for companies to set up and work in different countries of the European Union.

Under the directive, companies and workers would be able to do business in any EU country and remain subject only to the laws of their home state, rather than having to meet regulations of other countries.

And the Confederation has put its concerns to officials from the DTI over the potential impact on construction's health and safety standards.

Industrial relations director Gerry Lean said: 'There was a real danger that this could hit health and safety but we have been given assurances that certain things will be protected - health and safety and environmental standards.

'The DTI has a legal team working on this and there will definitely be more consultation on this over the next six months.'

European trade federations organised a protest against the new directive in Brussels last November.