European Parliament and the Council have agreed on two major social policy
projects put forward by the current Commission:
· The European Labour Authority and
· The Directive on transparent
and predictable working conditions.
European Labour Authority
14 February, the Council Presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on establishing a European Labour Authority (ELA).
part of the agreement, the controversial name of ‘European Labour Authority’ was
changed. The new body will be known as the ‘European Labour Agency’. The
majority of Member States were in favour of this, in particular because it
would reflect the fact that the role of the ELA is restricted to supporting the
compromise reached now sees the main tasks of the ELA as follows:
· facilitate access to
information by workers, employers and national administrations on their rights
and obligations in cross-border situations,
· support coordination between Member
States in the cross-border enforcement of relevant Union legislation. This
includes supporting concerted and joint inspections,
· support cooperation between Member
States in the fight against undeclared work, and
· assist Member State authorities
with resolving cross-border disputes.
tasks of the following institutions will be transferred to the ELA:
· the EURES European Coordination
· the Technical Committee on the
Free Movement of Workers and the Committee of Experts on Posting of Workers, and
· the European Platform to
enhance cooperation in tackling undeclared work.
aim is to establish a permanent structure that ensures fast responses and
continuity with a view to achieving improved and more efficient results on the
basis of strengthened cooperation. The Commission’s proposal to transfer the
activities of the Technical Committee and the Audit Committee of the
Administrative Commission for the Coordination of Social Security Systems to
the ELA was not supported by most institutions. Relevant references to these
committees have been removed.
umbrella associations of Germany’s social insurance system had welcomed the
Commission’s intention to support fair worker mobility by establishing the ELA.
However, the German Social Insurance was critical of plans to transfer the
bodies and tasks of the Administrative Commission for the Coordination of
Social Security Systems to the ELA, particularly with respect to a potential loss
of synergies and expertise (see article Aug
terms of mediation, disputes concerning the coordination of social security
systems should remain as part of existing competences, that is, the conciliation
procedure of the Administrative Commission for the Coordination of Social
Security Systems will continue to apply.
agreement will be submitted for approval to the Council of Permanent Representatives.
Once the agreement has been confirmed by the Permanent Representatives of the
Member States, it will be submitted to the European Parliament for a final vote
Transparent and predictable working conditions
7 February, an agreement was reached on the Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions.
proposal repeals the Written Statement Directive and introduces a set of
minimum labour standards designed to ensure that all workers, including those in
non-standard employment, have more security and clarity regarding their working
conditions (see articles from Jun
2018 and Nov
provisional agreement must now be formally approved by the European Parliament,
probably on 16 April, and by the Council.