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Parliamentary questions
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5 December 2018
Answer given by Ms Thyssen on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004983/2018

The Commission has reacted immediately following the social unrest at Ryanair in the summer of 2018. In their exchanges with the management and the trade unions of Ryanair, as well as in their public statements, both the Commissioner for Transport and the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility expressed their firm expectation that companies operating in the EU’s internal aviation market, such as Ryanair and its subsidiaries, respect all applicable European and national laws.

As regards the application of the Rome I Regulation, this notably includes the right of the employees to the protection under all mandatory provisions of the law of the country where they habitually carry out their work(1).

It is primarily the responsibility of the national authorities and national courts respectively, to ensure that rules on labour law, including those transposing EC law, are correctly implemented and enforced.

The Commission considers that the respect of the applicable EU and national law is a precondition for collective bargaining on working conditions to take place. It also welcomes the ongoing efforts by Ryanair and its trade unions to reach common agreements. However, the decision on the start of negotiations as well as its content remains fully in the autonomy of social partners.

(1)For more detail, the Commission refers the Honourable Member to the letter of Commissioners Bulc and Thyssen to the European Cockpit Association and the European Transport Workers’ Federation of 17 September 2018: https://twitter.com/Bulc_EU/status/1041631634687229952?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&utm_campaign=1ef58095f1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_17_07_24&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10959edeb5-1ef58095f1-189025589

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