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Reader feedback: More thought on competition needed

Re: Some freedom for EU service providers better than none at all, By Beata Balogová, Volume 12, Number 08, February 27 - March 05, 2006

As I understood it a few years ago, the EU was all about allowing competition on equal terms, not soliciting bids in which the winner was likely to be from the country with the least safety regulations, the most beneficial tax regime, the lowest welfare standards or the lowest quality guarantees.

I think much more thought is needed on where competitive services are headed throughout the EU.

I heard on TV about a Pole accepting a job in the UK that undercut local labour standards because he was most interested in the salary, not a pension. Well, Poles may opt for terminating their lives at retirement age, but most locals look forward to the prospect of a happy retirement.

David,
London, UK

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