As EU leaders parsed through divisive issues like migration and European integration in discussions on the future of Europe today (10 March), Sweden's prime minister threw another controversial matter into the mix: employment policy.
Chancellor Christian Kern defended Austria's push for a law to prevent social dumping from poorer EU countries after a meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker where Austria's demand for childcare benefit cuts for EU foreigners took centre stage.
MEPs are asking the European Commission to require member states to introduce national minimum wages in a move that will unnerve politicians across Europe, business lobby groups and even some trade unions.
Austrian centre-left Chancellor Christian Kern yesterday (11 January) launched a bid to win back voters from the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), presenting a 10-year plan focused on creating jobs, boosting public investment and taxing multinationals.
France has begun issuing professional cards to construction workers in a scheme that will become compulsory this year. The objective is to combat illegal employment and the fraudulent posting of workers in Europe.
The European Parliament is attempting to bridge the divide between East and West on the question of posted workers. In France, non-francophones are already excluded from some construction sites by the "Molière clause". EURACTIV France reports.
The European Commission plans to reject 11 ‘yellow cards’ from the EU’s eastern member states on the new Posted Workers Directive. The debate has exposed a deep East-West divide. EURACTIV France reports.
Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc wants to stop companies that use legal loopholes to underpay truck drivers. The executive says social dumping is rampant among truckers who drive between multiple countries every month—and Bulc wants to clamp down this year.
In an attempt to fight social dumping and fraud, the European Commission proposed on Tuesday (8 March) a review of the contentious Posting of Workers Directive, which regulates people employed in one EU country, but sent to temporarily work in another country.
The fraudulent posting of workers has become an urgent problem for the EU. France has laid out new measures in the Macron bill to clamp down on its 300,000 illegally posted workers. La Tribune reports.
Following heated debate, MEPs gave the green light Wednesday (April 16) to “improved” legislation on the posting of workers. However, the compromise is still subject to harsh criticism, especially in France, where it remains a controversial topic.
For the last plenary session of the European Parliament’s current legislature, all eyes are on the hotly debated issue of “posted workers”. A compromise reached in February with the 28 EU member states introduces legal clarity to the 1996 directive, which has led to abuses of social legislation, but not all MEPs are satisfied with the outcome.
The European Union has reached a compromise on the revision of the posted workers directive, while the French parliament has just voted for more restrictive legislation on the issue at home, EURACTIV France reports.
As the EU elections approach, France is pressing ahead to strengthen safeguards against the abuse of low-cost foreign workers within Europe, without waiting for the European institutions to hammer out the final text of the revised EU Posted Workers Directive.
The French far-right has called for an abolition of the posted workers directive, but other French MEPs question the move saying Front National leader Marine Le Pen never tabled a single amendment on the matter during the parliamentary debates. EURACTIV France reports.
EU labour ministers reached an agreement this week on new rules to regulate workers posted from one country to another, but the compromise has been deemed “less ambitious” than what MEPs wanted, putting the Socialists under pressure.
EU labour ministers gave initial approval on Monday (9 December) to tougher rules on employing cheap temporary workers from eastern Europe and elsewhere, responding to political unease at a time of record joblessness.
The newly agreed minimum wage in Germany may not be implemented before 2017. Yet it is crucial for limiting social dumping, according to the French government, which announced a new offensive against low-cost workers ahead of next year's European Parliament elections.
In an interview with EURACTIV.fr, the French Minister in charge of European affairs, Thierry Repentin, expressed his worries of a surge by far-right in next year's EU elections. He calls for better regulation of posted workers and a general minimum wage across the EU.
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