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 Header Item European Union (Accession of the Republic of Croatia) (Access to the Labour Market) Bill 2013 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Continued)
 Header Item European Union (Accession of the Republic of Croatia) (Access to the Labour Market) Bill 2013 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 808 No. 1

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  12 o’clock

(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy John Perry: Information on John Perry Zoom on John Perry] Deputy Mick Wallace made a number of good points on multiculturalism, the importance of exchange and opportunities for business. The European Union is a free market which is open for trade. Many of those from eastern Europe who have come to Ireland are working effectively and doing an excellent job. I concur with the Deputy's comments in this regard.

The accession of Croatia to the European Union will give Irish business people an excellent opportunity to establish businesses in Croatia. Not only is it the right thing to do, it is a win-win scenario for the Irish and Croatian economies. Further, it will create another friendship for Ireland internationally, it has few risks and it will be good for tourism. During my trip to Croatia, I met representatives of a number of Croatian companies which are anxious to develop business opportunities. They view Ireland's expertise in developing export-led growth as a unique opportunity. I thank Deputies for their constructive contributions to this debate.

  Question put and agreed to.

European Union (Accession of the Republic of Croatia) (Access to the Labour Market) Bill 2013 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages

  Sections 1 to 4, inclusive, agreed to.

  Title agreed to.

  Bill reported without amendment and received for final consideration.

  Question proposed: "That the Bill do now pass."

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Perry): Information on John Perry Zoom on John Perry I wish Croatia, the 28th member of the European Union, every possible success. I have no doubt accession to the Union will present significant opportunities for the country. The terms of Croatia's accession were agreed during the Irish Presidency in 2004 and the country will accede to the European Union on the day after our 2013 Presidency, which has received great acclamation, concludes. We have gone to the wire with this legislation, which is a great achievement. I am delighted the Bill has been passed speedily. I thank all the Deputies concerned and the civil servants who did substantial work on the Bill.

  Question put and agreed to.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt A message shall be sent to the Seanad acquainting it accordingly.

  Sitting suspended at 12.05 p.m. and resumed at 2 p.m.


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