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Globalisation, technological change, an aging population and changes to the world of work have made securing social protection for all, i.e. economic and social security, a major challenge. When social protection systems work well, they can have a stabilising effect on the economy and promote socio-economic equality and stability. By contrast, inadequate or ineffective systems can exacerbate inequality. Indeed, improving the existing social protection systems is the priority of half of the principles ...

Posting of Workers Directive

Briefing 25-07-2018

Posting of workers plays an important role in the internal market, particularly in the cross-border provision of services. While the number of posted workers continues to increase significantly, problems such as unfair practices and unequal remuneration persist. In addition, the correct balance between the freedom to provide cross-border services and the social rights of workers is needed, and moreover, needs to be adapted to today's labour market situation. The targeted revision of the Posting of ...

Regulation 561/2006 lays down rules applicable to driving times, breaks and rest periods for drivers engaged in the carriage of goods and passengers by road. Various resources show that presently there are several challenges linked with the implementation of the regulation. These include diverging enforcement practice applied across the different EU Member States, clarity of the text of the regulation, broad discretion of the Member States and various exemptions allowed by the regulation. These challenges ...

Although a recurring term in discussions related to working mobility, wages and the social security of workers, social dumping has neither a generally accepted definition, nor easily definable limits. It is rather a set of practices on an international, national or inter-corporate level, aimed at gaining an advantage over competitors, which could have important negative consequences on economic processes and workers’ social security. Examples include actions taken by actors from 'low wage' Member ...

Le système complexe de règles de l’Union européenne en matière de coordination de la sécurité sociale doit répondre aux différentes problématiques et composer avec les circonstances nationales. Parmi les difficultés rencontrées figurent par exemple: une application inégale et inadéquate, un manque de transparence et un manque de compréhension des règles existantes et une incertitude quant à la situation des travailleurs transfrontaliers et aux prestations qui leur sont applicables. La dernière jurisprudence ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Economic and Scientific Policy at the request of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, provides an overview of the Posting of Workers Directive, focussing on the current situation and major patterns regarding the posting of workers in the EU, major problems and challenges, and how these patterns have translated political, as well as jurisdictive, debates and proposals to improve the regulation of this specific form ...

TTIP and Labour Standards

Étude 14-06-2016

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will follow EU and US recent trade policy practice to include labour provisions. These could limit the risk that liberalisation results in social dumping and promote upward change. This Policy Department A study concludes that the EU could take a precautionary stance and employ various instruments that increase the chances that TTIP will have positive social consequences. TTIP may combine the strengths of the EU and US approaches to labour ...

D'une manière générale, la Commission s'est efforcée de fournir des informations de façon aussi claire et transparente que possible dans l'analyse d'impact en s'appuyant sur une expertise externe et une large consultation. Néanmoins, la disponibilité limitée des données suggère que les preuves qualitatives et quantitatives utilisées pour étayer la définition du problème et l'analyse des incidences pourraient nécessiter un examen plus approfondi. En outre, l'analyse d'impact aurait bénéficié d'une ...

In Annex I to its annual Work Programme 2015 (CWP 2015), the European Commission announced that it would submit the Labour Mobility Package. This implementation appraisal focuses on the second theme of the expected Labour Mobility Package – posting of workers.  This briefing is one of a series of ‘Implementation Appraisals’ on the operation of existing EU legislation in practice. Each such briefing focuses on a specific EU law which is, or will shortly be, subject to an amending proposal from the ...

This document, provided by Policy Department A at the request of the Employment and Social Affaffairs Committee, analyses trends in the employment conditions of drivers in this sector. In particular, it aims to review whether the current regulatory framework including the Posting of Workers Directive is achieving the desired balance between market integration and social protection of workers, and what steps can be taken to ensure this balance in the future.