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."

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.

A message shall be sent to the Seanad acquainting it accordingly.

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