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EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Talks between EU member states and MEPs on a directive that would limit the working week across the 27-nation bloc to 48 hours did not lead to an agreement on Thursday (2 April), reducing the chances of the legislation being adopted at all.

"An exhaustive round of negotiations between the EU member states and the European Parliament, which ended in the small hours of Thursday, did not result in an agreement on the five-year-old proposal," the Czech EU presidency said in a press release.

EU social affairs commissioner Vladimir Spidla said that the commission had done "its utmost to help both the European Parliament and the Council [the EU member states] reconcile the differences in their views."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:54:10 PM EST
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