Establishing an effective European Labour Authority
- Focus on enforcing EU rules on labour mobility in the internal market
- Enhancing cooperation between member states and mediating in cases of disputes
- A European website with all the relevant information on labour mobility
The new European Labour Authority should focus on enforcement and have a limited number of tasks, Employment and Social Affairs Committee MEPs agreed.
The adopted text says that the European Labour Authority (ELA) shall assist member states and the European Commission in applying and enforcing EU rules on labour mobility in the framework of free movement for workers and the freedom to provide services in the internal market. This includes the coordination of social security systems within the European Union.
The ELA's objective should be clearly defined and have a limited number of tasks, so that its means are used as efficiently as possible in areas where it can provide the greatest added value, MEPs agreed.
Enhancing cooperation and mediation role
The ELA will have to facilitate and enhance cooperation between member states to consistently, efficiently and effectively apply and enforce relevant EU law in situations involving more than one member state, including facilitating concerted and joint inspections.
Moreover, the Authority should mediate and facilitate a solution in cases of disputes between member states concerning labour mobility issues if agreed upon by all EU countries concerned, including by means of conciliation.
A single European website on labour mobility
In order to make information more accessible to individuals, employers and social partner organisations across the EU, the Authority should put in place a European website available in all EU official languages. This would act as a single portal containing all relevant EU and national information sources and services on labour mobility in the internal market.
Issuing opinions to the European Commission
If the ELA finds an obstacle to labour mobility, it should be able to issue opinions and recommendations to the European Commission on follow-up measures and operational actions by member states, Employment and Social Affairs Committee MEPs added to the proposal.
The rapporteur Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, NL) said: "Around 17 million people in the EU are currently working in a different country to where they live or come from, a figure which has doubled over the past 10 years. Unfortunately, this also leads to unfair competition and fraud, and this has not been tackled sufficiently. In the past few years, we have achieved a lot to make the European labour market fairer, for example, through the Posting of Workers Directive, in which we have ensured equal pay for the same work in the same place. However, these rules need to be properly enforced as well. The creation of a European Labour Authority is an important part of this puzzle".
The text was adopted by 33 votes to 6, with 9 abstensions. The Committee is now ready to enter into interistitutional negotiations with Council and Commission.