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Établissement dune Autorité européenne du travail

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Opinion Number: CDR 2670/2018
Rapporteur: 
Commission: SEDEC
Status: Adopted
Date: 09/10/2018
 
We need a European Labour Authority since 16 million Europeans now live and work in a Member State other than that of their nationality. Every day, 1.7 million Europeans move to another Member State. Every year, hundreds of millions travel across Europe for family, tourism or business reasons. Citizens and business need to access information easily and be sure about opportunities and rights at home and abroad. National authorities need to cooperate seamlessly.
It is at regional and local level the ones that are directly affected by irregularities in matters of cross-border labour mobility, that it has the closest contact with the public and thus with job seekers and employers, and that labour market mobility is to a considerable extent arranged - and arrangeable - along regional lines;
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- welcomes the aim of the proposal, namely consolidating fairness and supporting confidence in the single market by means of more effective application of Union law in the area of cross-border labour mobility and coordination of social security;

- supports the approach entailing the establishment of a European Labour Authority (ELA) to assist Member States in combating irregularities in the field of free movement of workers, freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services, thus improving the quality of mobility, and serve as a support for national authorities in those areas where effective application of Union law by Member States is limited by national borders and/or where regional differences cannot be tackled properly at national level;

- underlines that the regional and local level is directly affected by irregularities in matters of cross-border labour mobility, that it has the closest contact with the public and thus with job seekers and employers, and that labour market mobility is to a considerable extent arranged - and arrangeable - along regional lines;

- emphasises that, because of this key role, provision should be made for local and regional authorities to be appropriately represented on the ELA management board;

- points out that positive effects, both for the region of origin and the host region, could be achieved by more efficient cross-border enforcement by national authorities and, in so doing, an increase in tax and social security revenue could be expected and the impact on fair working conditions and competition of greater legal certainty and consistent implementation of legislation could be felt locally;

Importance

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SEDEC commission

The Rapporteur General had an exchange of views with the SEDEC members

 
25 Jun
 

Stakeholder Consultation

The Rapporteur General of the opinion, Ms Doris KAMPUS (AT/EPP), Regional Minister for Social Affairs, Employment and Integration, met with stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on this topic.
After a short introduction by the rapporteur, stakeholders were invited to present their views on the topic. The meeting was held in English and German.

 
19 Jun
 

Meeting with European Commission

Ms Kampus meet with the European Commission, with Mr Denis Genton head of Unit for the Free Movement of Workers and EURES (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Labour Mobility Directorate)

 
19 Jun