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FRONTIER WORKERS: ASSESSMENT OF THE SITUATION AFTER TWENTY YEARS OF THE INTERNAL MARKET: PROBLEMS AND PERSPECTIVES

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Opinion Number: CDR 246/2013
Rapporteur: LAMBERTZ Karl-Heinz
Commission: ECOS-V
Status: Adopted
Date: 03/07/2013
 
THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS

- notes that there is lack of reliable statistical data on "frontier workers";

- Insists that article 5 of the directive on measures facilitating the exercise of rights conferred on workers in the context of freedom of movement for workers (COM(2013) 236) be amended in order to allow member states to also designate transregional structures for the promotion, analysis, monitoring and support of equal treatment of all workers or members of their families;

- stresses that the national EURES-coordinations (to be put in place from 2015 onwards) should systematically engage in close cooperation with regional and local authorities;

- Draws moreover attention to the fundamental role of transregional advice and expertise bodies;

- regrets that the absence of coordination with regard to minimum wage regulations leads in particular in border regions to the risk of outsourcing of labour-force intensive industries and services and social dumping.