Friday, October 15, 2010

ELDR Congress: the working group strikes back...

The second session of the working group on the theme resolution took place in late afternoon, and I was keen to push on, encouraging my colleagues to focus. And focus we did, allowing us to complete the review of all 107 proposed amendments.

From a Liberal Democrat perspective, the big issue were the proposals to seek greater compatibility between the social security systems of the member states and to create an EU framework and qualifying period of eligibility to receive social welfare benefits for immigrants entering the Union.

We opposed these, seeing them as an unhelpful intrusion into the affairs of member states. Fortunately, the working group backed our stance, and a negative recommendation will be put to the plenary session, later this afternoon.

As we left the Convention Centre, a few damp snowflakes were falling from a sky potentially laden with a lot more...

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