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Parliamentary questions
12 July 2018
P-002555/2018
Answer given by Ms Thyssen on behalf of the Commission

The Commission takes note of the information provided by the Honourable Member regarding the implementation of Directive 1999/70/EC on Fixed-Term work in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The Commission recalls that an infringement procedure (2010/4145) was launched against the State of Portugal on the treatment of fixed-term teachers in Portugal and on the abuse of successive fixed-term contracts (Clause 5).

The Portuguese legislation at the time had no safeguard clause to prevent the abuse of successive fixed-term contracts and interpreted the phrase ‘successively’ too narrowly. The infringement procedure was closed in 2015 following the introduction in the Portuguese legislation of a safeguard clause limiting the use of successive fixed-term contracts to a maximum of five years or four renewals.

In this respect, the information supplied by the Honourable Member about the applicable legislation in Madeira indicates that it provides an identical safeguard clause, i.e. that a maximum of five successive one-year full-time fixed-term contracts in the same recruitment group may be concluded with the Ministry for Education.

Therefore, the Commission is not in possession of any information indicating that the legislation applicable in Madeira does not comply with Directive 1999/70/EC.

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