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Working time directive

Asked what the current position was in trying to reform the Working Time Directive (WTD) following talks the Prime Minister had with the German Chancellor, the PMS said the Government was expecting a report from Herman Von Rompuy to the European Council in early December that would set out options for improving the economic governance of the eurozone, and he had been asked to look at the option of limited treaty change. The PMS said the WTD was highlighted in the coalition agreement, which said the Government would work to limit the application of the WTD in the UK.

Asked how the Government could achieve the coalition agreement commitment to limit the WTD application, the PMS said the UK would look for opportunities in EU negotiations to further the UK national interests such as the application of the WTD, or how to improve functioning of the single market.

Asked if negotiations started with the Prime Minister meeting Chancellor Merkel, the PMS said it was usual for talks to take place in the run up to a European Council.

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